It's an epic, tragic story of passionate love, spirituality, and women and men in a lost revolution. Allende is an amazing story teller though sometimes I did want to take a break while reading it because of the depressing subject matter. Like her other writings it deals extensively with the experience of women & the themes of feminism and social justice, and the complicated way faith and mysticism affect people's life. Another thing I like about it is that Allende told the stories of even the most unsympathetic characters (e.g. Esteban Trueba) with compassion & ended the long, brutal tale with a sense of reconciliation.