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Just as we had our tremor in Napa, California, I got this letter from Isabel who is in Chile visiting her parents:

Dear ones,
The latest earthquake, (6.4) hit near Santiago when I was with a friend in the tiny elevator of my parent’s old building. The building suffered some damage in the 2010 earthquake, one of the biggest ever recorded, that also provoked a spectacular tsunami. The building is a little slanted, just a little, but enough to alter the alignment of the elevator. Imagine the scene: no electricity, pitch dark and we, stuck in the elevator screaming for help, while it rattled against the walls with terrible noise. It was like being inside a tolling bell. In the meantime, my parents – 94 and 98 years old – were alone in their apartment in total darkness. Chileans keep calm in geological catastrophes, I think they even enjoy them. Nobody panics, everybody helps… we love drama! My parents held hands and prayed, while all the males in the building volunteered to rescue us. There is no emergency device for this prehistoric elevator, so they had to move it manually from the top and finally, when it reached the fourth floor, they could open the door a foot or so. It was high, but we crawled out and fell in the strong arms of our heroes. All this was achieved in only half an hour with one flashlight and two candles. Now I take the stairs. This is my workout: eight floors up and down the stairs several times a day.


3 Responses to Tremor

  1. María Guadalupe Guerrero Olivares December 4, 2014 at 7:58 pm #


  2. María Guadalupe Guerrero Olivares December 4, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Me encantaría conocerte más en México, las indígenas en la región maya; le ponen a sus recién nacidos nombres de famosas por ejem. María Félix Chablé. Yo decidí usar el nombre de Eva Luna García para transmitir sobre este personaje que auxilia en ciertas diligencias que de poco sirven; es raro el que lo hace servir sin exigir nada a cambio. Estoy releyendo la Casa de los Espiritus y desde el incio siento un conjuro perdón que me exprese así pero es una novela muy fascinante no sé proque le siento tanta libertad a este eprsonaje. Eres una mestra que recibirás muchos otros premios mi admiradísima amiga. Saludos Isabel Allende con mucho amor.Disfruta de tu grandeza

  3. Neda August 28, 2014 at 4:20 pm #

    I would like to contact Isabel as she is a woman I admire a lot, could you please help me to have an email address of her ..

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