A Long Petal of the Sea (Paperback)Isabel Allende (author)
Sweeping and lyrical, Allende’s multi-generational epic traces a richly evocative path through forty years of authoritarian rule in Spain, as witnessed by a group of disparate characters. Suffused with the author’s trademark brand of magical realism and a vibrant sense of time and place, A Long Petal of the Sea is vintage Allende.
That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe.
Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of his country - forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile. When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow' over the seas.
There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.
A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 336
Weight: 237 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A defiiantly warm and funny novel.' - The Daily Telegraph
'Allende has everything it takes: the ear, the eye, the mind, the heart, the all-encompassing humanity' - The New York Times
'Isabel Allende is a grand storyteller who writes with surpassing compassion and insight. Her place as an icon of world literature was secured long ago. She will be celebrated, by readers and writers alike, for generations to come' - Khaled Hosseini
'This is a novel not just for those of us who have been Allende fans for decades, but also for those who are brand new to her work: what a joy it must be to come upon Allende for the first time. She knows that all stories are love stories, and the greatest love stories are told by time' - Colum McCann
'If Allende's life depended on her narrative gifts, she'd not only survive, but reign' - The Los Angeles Times
'Allende's stories are delicate, their images akin to poetry' - Barbara Kingsolver
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“Sensitive, daring and deeply moving...”
“Long Petal of the Sea” is an ambitious and complex political novel from Isabel Allende. Her trademark magical realism doesn’t appear, what we see is the stark realism of the terrors and devastation of the Spanish... More
“A beating heart”
Isabel Allende’s novel begins with the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and ends shortly after the fall of the Pinochet regime in Chile. The events of these tumultuous years are witnessed through the eyes of two... More
“A family "saga" from the Spanish Civil War to post-Pinochet Chile - well-written stuff”
This novel by Isabel Allende, based on a true story and true events, tells us about Victor, a medical student in Republican Spain of the 1930s, as he lives through - and survives - the Spanish Civil War, exile to... More
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