Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Day Eighty-Eight: "Two Words" by Isabel Allende


A woman sells her words to individuals, selling speeches, farewells, introductions, anything she is asked to do but, if the person pays a certain amount of money, she gives the person a bonus. She gives the person a word, one word, a word that she will only give to that one person and that will be unique to the individual. The word, her unique word, is said to be in its way, magical. As the story progresses, the reader sees the woman manipulating her world with these words, ultimately luring and capturing the man she wants.

It is an interesting story that is full of rich allegory. For the most part, I really enjoyed it and appreciated what it was the author was doing with the story even if I wanted a little more from it by the conclusion. Even so, I still keep thinking about it.

Can words have that kind of power, a power over love, over life, over longing? I'd like to believe so.

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