A Long Petal of the Sea

A Long Petal of the Sea

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"In the late 1930s, civil war gripped Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life irreversibly intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them wants, and together are sponsored by poet Pablo Neruda to embark on the SS Winnipeg along with 2,200 other refugees in search of a new life. As unlikely partners, they embrace exile and emigrate to Chile as the rest of Europe erupts in World War. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning. Over the course of their lives, they will face test after test. But they will also find joy as they wait patiently for a day when they are exiles no more, and will find friends in the most unlikely of places. Through it all, it is that hope of being reunited with their home that keeps them going. And in the end, they will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781984820150
Branch Call Number: F ALLENDE
Characteristics: 318 pages ; 24 cm


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Feb 23, 2020

A nice story that breaks a cardinal rule of storytelling by telling rather than showing.

Feb 09, 2020

At once a tale if steadfast love and of the cruelty of war and revolution. Victor and Roser have a marriage of convenience in order to escape Francos Spain and the concentration camps of France which did not want the Spanish refugees. They immagrate to Chile with the help of Pablo Neruda. While there, they each have passionate affairs while maintaining their marriage without consummation. Victor is the uncle to Rosers son but this is never revealed to the public.
Allende beautiful writing is haunting and not to be forgotten

Feb 04, 2020

And yet another Isabel Allende novel replete with a litany of Latin American tropes: the sweeping magical realism, the domineering patron, the haciendas, the revolutions and the revolutionaries, the wretched refugees, the damsel in distress, the far fetched love story, the class struggles, the poets, the strong and superstitious arm of the Catholic Church, the right and left wing governments. Get the picture? After awhile her novels all seem like variations of the same story. Roberto Bolaño described her writing as anemic. I can see why. If you’re going to read this novel, be sure to brush up on the Spanish Civil War and Chilean history from the late 1930’s to the Pinochet dictatorship. Pour yourself a healthy glass of Don Melchor while you’re at it. It’ll help set the mood. 🍇🍷🍇

Jan 28, 2020

"Historical fiction"? Like souffle is just an omelet. Really this is a great love story with loads of history seamlessly woven in. Beautifully crafted with a classic ending. Don't wait on line get it at Peak's Picks pronto.

debwalker Jan 21, 2020

Epic historical epic from the legendary Allende.

Nov 13, 2019

Another excellent book by Allende tells the story of Chilean immigrants who came from Spain to escape Franco’s regime. Following the story of a small family, it shows the gratitude of those who escaped and how they along with the next generation, made a positive impact on Chile. (Net Galley review copy)


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