A Ilha dos Amores Infinitos
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A Ilha dos Amores Infinitos (La Habana oculta #4)

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Una saga familiar nacida en tres continentes confluye en el cálido y subyugante embrujo de La Habana del siglo XIX.

Para huir de su soledad en Miami, Cecilia se refugia en un bar donde conoce a una misteriosa anciana. Tras ese primer encuentro, regresará al bar cada noche para escuchar de labios de la mujer tres historias que se habían iniciado, más de un siglo atrás, en ot...more
301 pages
Published 2008 by Editorial Presença (first published 2006)
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Pilarolmedolainz
Uno de esos libros que uno se zampa casi atragantándose. O así lo terminé yo, al menos. Tengo debilidad por estas novelas que nos transportan a saltos del presente al pasado y del pasado al presente, de una punta del mundo a otra, y nos recuerdan lo parecidos que al final somos todos, a pesar de los tiempos y de las culturas. Siempre me intrigan las historias de los que liándose la manta a la cabeza, pensándolo mucho o poco, se ponen el mundo por montera. Y, al final, sin importar dónde estemos...more
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
This is an eminently forgettable story of Cuba's past and of modern-day Cuban immigrants in Miami. Not terrible, but everything here has been done before, and better, by other authors.

This is one of those books that alternates every chapter between present-day and historical storylines, in which the modern-day character learns the story of the historical ones. The modern chapters feature Cecilia, an angsty young Cuban reporter living in Miami. Cecilia meets an old woman in a Cuban bar who begins...more
Ana D.
A very original novel. I liked it because it does not appeal to that everyday violence that I find in almost every contemporary book I read. It builds a love story with a lot of imagination, fantasy and unexpected twists. It's a novel for readers with intelligence and sensitivity.
Lili
Aug 01, 2008 Lili rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cubans, CubAms, Cubophiles, readers who savor Latin flavor
Recommended to Lili by: nadie
An interesting piece. I read it in the English translation and could not help but imagine the wording that the author might have used in the original Spanish. This didn't detract from the pleaure of the reading but I would like to get a Spanish language copy to savor some of the typical Cubanspeak which came through fairly well in the English language version.
Tara Chevrestt
This is a pretty good read despite some minor flaws. It goes back and forth between modern day Miami and historical Cuba. Cecilia left Cuba and is currently living in Miami, but her past haunts her. She misses Cuba but also hates Cuba, or what Cuba has become. She meets an old lady in a bar who begins to tell her a tale of three separate families, all having made Cuba their home. There is a Chinese family that fled war torn China in hopes of finding refuge in the tropics, a family descendend fro...more
Patricia
Having no prior knowledge of Cuba, this book was an educational read in terms of the country’s heritage and history. However, while the story radiates a mysterious atmosphere by melding Chinese, Spanish and African mythology/folklore which I loved, it lacked in skill. Many scenes felt superficially told and unexplored. When it came to it, gauging the depth of the emotions portrayed by the characters was a challenge and little imagery could be summoned. I also had a problem with the shifting time...more
Taylor
**REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS**


This book was okay.

I loved the elements of lore and various cultures. The whole story relied on the various fairy tales and legends of the three cultures being handed down through each generation, when the book ITSELF was just one of the same: a fairy tale that Cecelia and Miguel would also (one day) tell.


The author gave readers three different origins that eventually all grew together into one happy ending. A lot of the prose was captivating and beautifully writt...more
Mocha Girl
The Island of Eternal Love by Daina Chaviano centers on Cecilia, a Miami journalist, who after having migrated during the 1994 Cuban exodus is experiencing bouts of homesickness and depression. At the insistence of friends, she is reluctantly dragged along for a night out and meets an old woman in the back of the club who commences to tell her life story to Cecilia. Finding more interest in the old woman's story than the club scene, Cecilia anxiously returns on a regular basis to hear the next e...more
Enespaniol
Descripción:
Tres familias de orígenes y culturas dispares protagonizan esta apasionante saga de emigrantes que recalan en Cuba y cuyos destinos a lo largo de más de 150 años correrán parejos con los de la bella isla. Desde el Miami actual, la historia retrocede hasta 1856, cuando entran en contacto los personajes, procedentes de China, España y África, y surge el amor, que hallará una mágina continuidad un siglo más tarde. Una hermosa historia de esperanzas y sueños rotos, de nostalgia, exilio y...more
Ana Raquel
Adorei este livro :)

Tem uma boa dose de romantismo, mistério, magia e pessoas especiais (com dons sobrenaturais).

As personalidades das personagens estão muito bem construídas e delineadas. O enredo está muito bem desenvolvido com pertinentes analepses e prolepses.

Deixo-vos com uma dica: como vocês sabem meus amigos e amigas, para mim dar uma opinião, é dizer o que me cativou no livro e não propriamente fazer um resumo, para isso têm a sinopse.

Sinopse:
"Comparada a Laura Esquivel, Isabel Allende e...more
Ceci
I'm currently reading this book and enjoying it so far. One reason why I like the book is that the main character is called Cecilia, like me. Will be back with a proper review soon. :)
Melvin Rodríguez-Rodríguez
A sprawling saga that blends fantastic and gothic imagery while traces the ethnic origins of Cuban people. Young and depressed Cecilia is a Cuban journalist writing a piece on a mysterious house that appears and disappears around Miami. She finds solace in Amalia, a shady old woman she meets in a bar every night to hear a long family story. Upon that framework we meet the three families (Chinese, Spanish and African) that will eventually collide in Cuba. The author creatively casts quite a bunch...more
Jessica
Latin American literature is famous for the genre of magical realism, but this was really only "magical" (and how I wish I meant that as a euphemism for "good"). It blends myths and concepts of magic from the Spanish, African and Chinese cultures that contributed to making Cuba, placing this hybridised concept of magic even in present-day Miami, which could potentially be interesting, but in this book it's not.

To be honest, most of this book is not interesting. As the blurb will tell you, the no...more
Elise
"The Island of Eternal Love" successfully fulfilled my craving for a magic realist novel, and it taught me a great deal about the richness of Cuban culture (with roots in China, Spain, and Africa), but it was not a page turner. However, some of the characters were flat or inconsistent, especially the protagonist reporter, Cecilia, whose actions don't always make sense. For example, she briefly dates a superficial dud named Roberto (who she herself admits is a dud), then there is so much heartbre...more
 ♥♥Mari♥♥
I have just finished a journey through the ethnic history of a people - my people - in a land of love and blood, as well as magically captivating landscapes in which sun and moon dance to the intoxicating rhythms of a gently rolling sea.

I have found myself in these pages. Chaviano's enthralling story has wrapped me in a nostalgic dream, one that had, inexplicably enough, dwelt in my subconscious mind for years. It was the dream of a beautiful island paradise, one where love is indeed eternal, w...more
 ♥♥Mari♥♥
I have just finished a journey through the ethnic history of a people - my people - in a land of love and blood, as well as magically captivating landscapes in which sun and moon dance to the intoxicating rhythms of a gently rolling sea.

I have found myself in these pages. Chaviano's enthralling story has wrapped me in a nostalgic dream, one that had, inexplicably enough, dwelt in my subconscious mind for years. It was the dream of a beautiful island paradise, one where love is indeed eternal, w...more
Christa
This was an interesting book. The relatively short chapters that were grouped into six parts made the book quick to read. There were many characters in this book, and sometimes it was hard to keep them all straight. The author did provide genealogical charts of a couple of prominent families from the book, and that was very helpful in sorting out characters and relationships. The book took the three main ethnicities that make up Cuba and told stories about families from each. Eventually, there a...more
Santiago Soto
This is a family saga that takes place along two parallel timelines. The modern story revolves around the paranormal investigations of Cecilia, a young journalist researching a phantom house that appears and disappears in different parts of Miami. The other one - which begins in the 19th century in China, Africa and Spain - is told by an old woman whom Cecilia meets in a bar. Different magical or supernatural events conspire to make these three stories from the past begin to mix. If you like fam...more
Michelle
Cecelia is an exile from Cuba, but feels isolated and detached from her new home in Miami. She meets an older woman in a Cuban-style bar, and becomes fascinated with Amalia's tales of three families in Cuba: one of Spanish descent, one of African, and one of Chinese. Cecelia comes back time and again to hear their stories and find out how they are connected to Amalia. One family even has an unusual curse that plagues generations. In the meantime, Cecelia is researching a story of a phantom house...more
Ernesto  Lago
It is interesting to read (from a previous comment) that Cecilia is the patron saint of music, because all the chapters have titles taken from boleros ﴾bolero is a type of romantic Cuban song﴿. Music plays an important role in the novel and there are many historical characters, related to the Cuban music, that appear there.

I really enjoyed this book and I hope I could read new translations from this author.

By the way, I found her Website ﴾www.dainachaviano.com﴿. Check it out. Not only it is a b...more
Ernesto  Lago
It is interesting to read (from a previous comment) that Cecilia is the patron saint of music, because all the chapters have titles taken from boleros ﴾bolero is a type of romantic Cuban song﴿. Music plays an important role in the novel and there are many historical characters, related to the Cuban music, that appear there.

I really enjoyed this book and I hope I could read new translations from this author.

By the way, I found her Website ﴾www.dainachaviano.com﴿. Check it out. Not only it is a b...more
Maren
I enjoyed this book quite a bit, but I found the different stories difficult to keep track of, and sometimes the story of the past just continued without Cecilia, the main character, visiting Amalia in the bar. It made it seem very obviously a literary device and thus made the story seem less real. Along with other viewers, I thought the end was pretty good and managed to tie things together, however.

Since this book was a translation of an original in Spanish, I also wondered how it would sound...more
Kaloyana
Ами не ми хареса книгата. Идеята е страхотна, но изпълнението слабо. Авторката не умее да разказва добре. Не е хубаво подредено като фактология. На мен не ми стана ясна особено много драмата на тези хора, идващи от Куба, избягали от режима на Кастро. Промлемите на китайците - лошо описани. Да, основният пробем ми е ясен, но конкретните истории не можаха да ме трогнат. Нямаше кой знае каква емоционалст, а съдържанието предполагаше такава. Всичко беше объркано, нелепо написано, дразнещо на места....more
Pam
Hard to keep track of all the characters. I enjoyed the historical aspect of the story, but felt the mysticism was a bit over done. I learned things about Cuba that I never knew. It gave me a much better understanding of the hardships that the Cuban people have endured.
Titta
(Ikuisen rakkauden saari) Alussa vaikutti hiukka pitkäveteiseltä mutta sitten imutti mukaansa. Loistavaa ja Upeaa tekstitystä!

" Nuori ja yksinäinen kuubalaisnainen Cecilia tutustuu Miamissa salaperäiseen vanhaan naiseen, joka alkaa kertoa kolmea tarinaa yli sadan vuoden takaa. Cecilia lumoutuu naisesta ja tarinoista, jotka tapahtuvat kolmessa eri maailmankolkassa: Kiinassa perhe pelastautuu verilöylystä, Espanjassa yhden suvun naiset ovat kirottuja jo ammoisista ajoista lähtien ja Afrikassa nuor...more
Kristen
This was a wonderful story. I love books that are rich in detail especially about the history of an old world place. This is the story of a woman named Cecilia who has migrated to Miami from Cuba. She is depressed living in Little Havana missing her home even though she wishes to never go back. She meets an old woman in a bar and goes back every night to hear a story she tells about three different families from Africa, Spain, and China who have made Cuba their home and become interconnected. Th...more
Rayna
I could've finished this book sooner if I hadn't been busy traveling the last 2 weeks. It was an easy read. I got caught in from the very first pages.
The stories of the three families intertwined in a way you couldn't have predicted, through the generations and time. It was easy to vividly picture the narrator's story, the magical creatures, the chaos taking place in Cuba.
Jerome Jewell
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ms. Chaviano manages to weave together the stories of a small ensemble of characters...all of them quite interesting as they navigate major changes in their lives. In the process, she provides an historically rich and stimulating look at how aspects of Chinese, Spanish and African cultures came together to create Cuban culture. With a bit of mysticism and a dose of healthy imagination, she takes the reader on a refreshing, entertaining and educational journey.
Hope Dee
Just a nice read, nothing too fancy.
Phuong Q. Le
I don't know why some of the best magical realism books I have read are originally in Spanish. I'm not that interested in the Latin-American/Cuban culture per se, but this one blends cultural seeds, daydreams and interwoven plotlines so well I don't feel like reading an anthropology book (I particularly dislike fiction books that try to hard to "teach" people about the country's traditions and cultures).
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