A novel that is a bestseller is often, because of its popularity, not taken seriously as literature. Critics seem to presuppose that great literature must be somehow burdensome to the reader; it must be difficult for the uninitiated to understand. It is precisely this inverted snobbery that has hindered Isabel Allende’s The House of the Spirits from gaining the critical attention it deserves.
Published in 1982, the novel draws deeply on the author's own family history. Allende is the first cousin once removed of former Chilean president Salvador Allende, who was murdered during a right-wing military coup in 1973. Yet rather than the to-be-expected socialist harangue, Allende subtly works her political message within the fabric of the compelling narrative she weaves. While Allende borrows a bit too freely from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's work, she nevertheless has a powerful and original voice within the construct of magical realism.
1. It can be inferred from the passage that
A. Allende’ novel is a retelling of her family's political struggles
B. Allende's novel would have received more favorable reviews if critics had believed it to be great literature
C. Allende learned about magical realism from Gabriel Garcia Marquez
D. Allende's novel could have been more compelling if she had included a stronger political message
E. readers might have expected Allende's work to be more political than it actually was
解析：题干问可以从文中推测什么，定位至原文第二段第一句话“Published in 1982…family history. Allende is the first…in 1973.”，这两句话是说小说用了很多自己家庭的故事，Allende的亲戚在政变中失去生命，所以选择A.