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En 1908, el capitán mexicano Ramón Arnaud y su esposa adolescente parten hacia un pequeño atolón en el Pacífico, conocido por los exploradores españoles como la Isla de la Pasión. Acompañado de once soldados y sus familias, el capitán tiene órdenes de defender la isla ante la improbable invasión francesa. Con su peligroso arrecife de coral y una laguna estancada, la isla e ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published September 6th 2005 by Rayo (first published 1989)
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Floriane
Es de las novelas históricas que más me ha atrapado, por momentos pensé estar leyendo una novela de ficción. A mi parecer, Laura Restrepo hace un gran trabajo al articular la historia y al darle vida a los personajes: explotando la evolución psicológica de cada individuo de principio a fin.
Therese
Absolutely riveting story based on true events. The narrative itself seamlessly interweaves info gleaned from real life sources with a vividly imagined fleshing out of the characters' day-to-day experiences, motives, emotions and inner lives. It's alchemical. Highly recommended.
Juan Carlos
Laura Restrepo's LA ISLA DE LA PASION is very hard to put down, as it is an excellent novel.

In the early 1900's, a Mexican soldier by the name of Ramon Arnaud is stationed at a tiny island in the Pacific, south of Acapulco. He moves there with his wife and a few other people. For all practical purposes, these people are stranded there, while life in Mexico goes on. The Porfirio Díaz dictatorship falls, a civil war breaks, and the country is torn apart by revolution.

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Editorial Alfaguara
�sta es la historia estremecedora y ver�dica de un grupo de n�ufragos sometidos durante nueve a�os a las m�s duras pruebas de supervivencia, entre ellas una extra�a guerra a muerte en la cual nunca llegan a verle la cara a sus enemigos. El tragic�mico Ram�n Arnaud, joven oficial del Ej�rcito mexicano, acepta una misi�n en una isla desierta, no por casualidad llamada de la Pasi�n, y parte hacia all� con Alicia, su esposa adolescente, y once soldados con sus familias. Entre tanto, su pa�s entra en ...more
Javier Aviña
La isla de La Pasión (la isla, no la novela) en un tiempo perteneció a territorio mexicano. En litigio internacional la perdió y hoy es la isla de Clipperton. La novela de Laura Restrepo verdaderamente me "atrapó" (acaso por ser mexicano) y se desarrolla cuando pertenecía a México y por orden del presidente Porfirio Diaz es poblada por un oficial del ejército en calidadc de gobernador, su familia y un pequeño grupo de soldados con sus esposas. Luego coincide con el inicio de la Revolución y los ...more
Gordon Ehler
A well-written book describing a bizarre episode of Mexican history on a Pacific atoll in the early 1900's. I wish I had researched and found photographs of Clipperton Island as I was reading the book. I still find myself thinking about the characters and their lives in one of the most inhospitable places on earth. Give this book a try.
Jenn
Tiene buenos momentos, sobretodo para el final de libro, sucesos que considero hubieran podido dar mucho más.
No me gustó para nada la forma en como manejó la autora el tiempo, el alternar la historia con el presente fue lo que no me dejó engancharme del todo a la trama. Sentía emoción producto de una increíble narración, de pronto, el presente, contradiciendo los hechos y desmoronando la emoción anterior.
Gill
Me gustan las novelas historicas. Esta se cuenta con las mejores como "Tale of Two Cities" y por supuesto "Robinson Crusoe". Se dice que es novela femenista pero me parece que se trata de una pareja central - Ramon y Alicia - y igualmente con los soldados y soldaderas, Don Felix y Doña Carlota, Gustavo y Altigracia, Cardeno y Tirsa. No creo que disminuye ni a los hombres ni a las mujeres. Es feminista solo en el sentido que se trata igualmente a todos y la literatura anterior no lo hizo. Pero de ...more
Jenny
Basada en una historia verdadera, cuenta la historia de una mujer mexicana que que va al islote Clipperton con su esposo que es oficial del ejército y tiene el puesto de gobernador de la isla. A causa de la Revolución Mexicana los barcos que deben suministrar a los habitantes de la isla, tardan más de lo que deben y al fin paran de llegar. A pesar de la falta de alimentos, enfermedades, y muerte, esta mujer muestra una capacidad increíble por la supervivencia.

Me fascina el cambio de punto de vi
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Jenny
This book was interesting in that it was a novel but it is based really closely on written and retold history. Who knew that a whole book could be written about 9 years on an island in the middle of nowhere?

The whole time I read it I thought it's remarkable how crazy real-life is. That these events happened and the survivors of this island were veritable female versions of Robinson Crusoes is phenomenal. I loved the characters of Tirsa, Alicia, and Altagracia. I thought at first that Captain Arn
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Julio Escobar
Me atrapó desde el primer momento en que leí acerca de la desgracia de Clipperton, y esa forma de narrar la historia. Excelente libro, excelente historia.
P.D NO sabía de la existencia de esa Isla.
Rich
Sounds cheesy, "Isle of Passion," but this is actually a very interesting chronicle of the inhabitants of an uninhabitable island called Clipperton, the only atoll that exists in the Eastern Pacific. Mosty a true story too, with the author filling in some best guess details after interviewing survivors and going through documents associated with the island's occupation. At the time of the story, Mexico had Clipperton (now it's a French possession) and it was thought to be a strategic military po ...more
Stavroula
Πολύ καλό!!!Η αφήγηση ήταν όμορφη και διατήρησε αμείωτο το ενδιαφέρον μου από την πρώτη έως και τη τελευταία σελίδα! Αξιοσημείωτος είναι και ο τρόπος που περιγράφονται οι εικόνες, τόσο ζωντανές!
m.allen
A little slow moving in the beginning but this book was definitely worth the read! This is an amazing story of a group of people sent to inhabit Clipperton Island. At times it's hard to believe that people not only lived that way but some actually survived it. I loved Alicia's character and how we got to see her mature over the years and become her own person. I tried Google-ing her to learn more about her, but unfortunately I don't speak spanish so I wasn't able to read the websites that it bro ...more
M
I'm torn on what to give this novel. The story is completely engrossing, but the translation is very awkward and keeps me from enjoying the book as much as I want to. I'm still not finished; I left it at home for my dad to read. When I pick it back up to read the last few chapters I think I'll get it in the original Spanish. I hope that helps. The story of the Clipperton inhabitants is compelling enough for me to want to dig deeper and read more about it.
Merrill
A disgraced Mexican soldier gets a second chance at honor when he's offered the governorship of a small atoll in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He takes his wife and 11 soldiers and their families to live on and defend the island. Soon, the supply boat stops coming and they are forced to survive on their wits. A fascinating semi-true tale. The bits about survival are more interesting than the military history, in my opinion.
Sarah
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Rebecca
This fascinating story of survival is based on the experiences of a Mexican army captain who, along with his wife and family and the families of his military cohorts are left on an inhospitable island to defend it from possible attacks. The rare visits from supply ships soon end, and they are left to fend for themselves. Some offensive content brought my rating down from four stars to three.
Diego
Una vez más, al leer esta novela pensé en lo desprotegidos que los gobiernos tienen a sus pueblos. Especialmente a nuestra Latinoamérica. Es cierto es una novela basada en hechos de principios de siglo pero el presente, nuestra realidad no ha cambiado mucho. Una narrativa entretenida, que me sugiere en momentos a "la novia oscura". Pero en general una excelente novela.
Phair
Written as reportage with the writer alternately telling the story of the people on the island and investigating their histories among the modern-day descendants and documentary sources. Overall it was strangely compelling. I'd gone in expecting a castaway survival story but this was much more. Sort of Mexican history from the edges. Grim.
Gabriel
"La isla de la pasión" fue la obra que leí de Restrepo. Es una novela histórica sobre las inusuales circunstancias en que fueron abandonados los habitantes de la isla mexicana de Clipperton, a la caída del porfiriato, y la difícil situación en la que sobrevivieron algunos de ellos, por años, hasta que pudieron ser rescatados. Es magnífica novela
Jenny
This book was a little difficult to get into but once i got past the first 20 pages it got very interesting. This book actually reminded me of some Isabel Allende books that i've read. I enjoyed reading a novel that was based on true events; Laura Restrepo was very good at portraying realistic images and settings. Overall i really liked this book.
Claudia
Esta historia, para mi, fue aterradora. No me imagino pasando por eso con el aplomo de Alicia. Un muy buen libro. Cuando lei el titulo por primera ves me imagine algo totalmente diferente, pero sobrepaso mis expectativas. Se los recomiendo.
Amanda
Absolutely mind blowing that this is a true story! I was completely engrossed in the story and couldn't put it down. I googled pictures of Clipperton and it is amazing people actually used to live there, it doesn't seem possible.
Susana
No es de los mejores ni más representativos libros de Laura Restrepo. A diferencia del resto de sus libros, Restrepo toma un hecho real en México.
Con todo, un buen libro para pasar el rato.
Skip
A story of love, duty, and devotion as an army deserter is rehabilitated, with a posting to a remote island in the Pacific. Very well written and translated (from the Spanish original.)
Claudia
Gripping read.. filled with historical details about a tale of war, hunger, disease, lust, despair and violance in a desolate island.

An adventure tragic tale of savage human nature
Dyani
Journalistic but poetically written, Isle of Passion sucked me in and wouldn't let go until the tale was told, much as the Island of the title sucks in the characters of the story.
Megan
The story was so compelling, I couldn't put it down. It's not the most well written book but it's well worth reading. One of the more unbelievable true stories you'll ever read.
Ratforce
Gabriel Garcia Marquez fans may also enjoy fellow Colombian author Laura Restrepo. Isle of Passion is her first novel and is a Love in the Time of Cholera read-alike.
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Laura Restrepo is a Colombian writer. Her first fiction novel, Isle of Passion, is based on historical facts from Clipperton Island.

She is an award winning author. In 1997, she won the "Premio Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz" prize at the Guadalajara Book Fair for her novel The Angel of Galilea. In 2002 she won the "Premio Arzobispo San Clemente" Award for her novel Leopard in the Sun. In 2004 she won t
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