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Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarité -- known as Tété -- is the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, Tété finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

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Hardcover, 457 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Harper (first published 2009)
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❁ بــدريــه ❁


إيزابيل الليندي الفاتنة
تلك المرأة التشيلية الساحرة
تُدهشني بسردها للتفاصيل ، شخصياتها،
و أحداث رواياتها .. لديها قدرة غريبة عجيبة
مع أبطالها ، تجذبك مجرد ما تقرأ الصفحة الأولى
و تشدك حتى نهاية و تعيش معها حياة طويلة ،
حياة أخرى ، حياة ترجو أن لا يكون له نهاية ..

إيزابيل تكتب كأنها هناك ، و ترى و تسرد لنعيش
معاها ..
لازلت أذكر باولا ، و كم عانيت معها و بكيت
و كم حلمت بها أيضًا ..

إيزابيل هنا تحكي عن :

قصة تدور أحداثها بين و ترويها
زاريتي "تيتي" المرأة الهاييتية التي ولدت لأب من
المستعمرين وأم أ
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Huda Yahya


في هذه الجزيرة المسحورة تحت البحر
تتعانق أرواحٌ سمراء
راقصين فيها إلى الأبد
على دقات طبول لا مرئية
فهم يحملون الإيقاعات في أرواحهم


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العالم يهتز
الايقاع يولد في الجزيرة تحت البحر
يهز الأرض
يخترقني كوميض برق ويمضي إلى السماء
حاملًا أحزاني كي يمضغها بابا بوندي ويبتلعها
ويخلقني نظيفة من الهموم وسعيدة
الطبول تهزم الخوف
والطبول هي إرث أمي
إنها قوة غينيا التي في دمي
الطبول مقدسة، من خلالها تتكلم اللوات

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ارقصي يا زاريتيه
لأن العبد الذي يرقص عبد حر
طالما هو يرقص

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عندي قلقٌ في روحي وفي خلاياي من أمدٍ بعيد
ت
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Take the rich historical settings of Haiti and New Orleans. Toss in voodoo ceremonies, zombies, bloody slave uprisings, forbidden loves, pirates, spies, fortune-tellers, hurricanes, epidemics, and a pinch of scandal. Place all of this is Isabel Allende's gifted hands, and what's not to love?

This book took some time and concentration to get through, but when I got to the end I found myself wanting more, more, more. I wanted to know what happens to Tete and Zacharie and Maurice and their families
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Mohamed Al Marzooqi
Jan 23, 2015 Mohamed Al Marzooqi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: روايات
يمكن اعتبار هذه الرواية التي كتبتها الروائية التشيلية إيزابيل الليندي بوحي من التاريخ الاستعماري لجزيرة هاييتي، إحدى أبلغ الشهادات ضد الممارسات الاستعمارية الوحشية إدانة وتأثيراً. ومن الدّال أن الليندي تنذر رواية كاملة وطويلة لصياغة هذه الشهادة وبلورتها في شكلٍ يكسبها قوة دامغة، ويحولها إلى ما يشبه اللعنة الأبدية لأوروبا وتعاملها مع الإنسان ــ غير الأبيض ــ لا في بلدٍ محدد وواحد، مثل هاييتي، بل في كل ما طالته أياديها من بُلدانٍ احتلتها / استعمرتها.

كان هاييتي هو الاسم الذي يطلقه السكان الأصليون ع
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Claire Grasse
Sep 14, 2010 Claire Grasse rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: practically no one
The flyleaf review on this book promised that it was written with all kinds of "native wit and brio." sic. Well, I fear this surfeit of wit and brio was somehow waylaid between press and the bookstand, because I'm halfway through, and now hoping I can find the grim stamina to just hang on and finish this book that somehow manages to feel damp and depressing, even in the cheeriest of chapters.

Allende uses language beautifully. She paints vivid word portraits of places and times I've never been t
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Michael
An ambitious saga of personal lives and aspirations amid the violent transition of Haiti from a French colony founded on slavery into an independent republic at the turn of the 18th century. We are immersed in the story of the slave Zarité on a sugar plantation and how she learns to survive under its young aristocratic master Valmorain, who rapes her at 13 and fathers children by her. She eventually gains his respect and some independent agency as a caretaker of his white son. When the time of ...more
Kim
May 31, 2011 Kim marked it as to-read
Recommended to Kim by: npr.org
Thursday evening, May 6th, I had the good fortune to attend a talk and reading by the most famous living Latin American author. Isabel Allende read from her new novel Island Beneath the Sea at the Atlanta History Center to an auditorium full of fans. She was a delight!!

It had been years since someone had read to me and I had quite forgotten what a pleasure that can be. Author Allende reading her new book in her wonderful Latin American accent made for one of the most pleasurable evenings out I h
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Tynan Power
Feb 08, 2015 Tynan Power rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary book about race, slavery, Haiti and New Orleans, as well as what it means to be family, by blood, by fate and by choice. It begins in 18th century Haiti (prior to when it was called Haiti) and ends in New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase. In the first part of the book, it chronicles the slave revolts that led to the creation of Haiti as the first independent black ("negro") nation. In the second part, it keeps Haiti in the background while following the main characters in New ...more
Julie
Three & a half stars.

Isabel Allende is a passionate, confident storyteller. To read her sweeping historical fiction is to surrender to high drama and romance.

I first knew Allende as a writer of magical realism with works like Eva Luna and Of Love and Shadows, in which she intertwines contemporary political drama with strokes of the surreal and mystical. But her debut novel, The House of the Spirits, published in 1982 and the epics which followed, such as Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Se
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بثينة العيسى

الرواية جميلة نعم، ولكنها ليست مدهشة .. ربما الخطأ خطئي، لأنني أقرأ لـ إيزابيل الليندي بإخلاص منقطع النظير، وقد وجدت أن هذه الرواية لم تختلف عن كثير من سابقاتها، من حيث الأجواء والتفاصيل التي تحشو بها عالمها الروائي، والأدوات السردية التي وظفتها الكاتبة لصناعة هذا العالم ..

إيزابيل الليندي ما زالت تكتب العالم " المدهش سابقا / المكرر حالياً " الذي كتبته في ابنة الحظ، و إنيس حبيبة روحي، وبيت الأرواح .. باستثناء أنها تكتب هذه المرة عن العبودية .. والمشكلة، أنني لم أحس بخصوصية محور العبودية ولا بصد
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Kellie Lambert
Oct 31, 2012 Kellie Lambert rated it liked it
I thought I would never finish this...like a split personality friend, the first 250 pages were a drag and the last 250 were epic!

This is a big feat, my friends, to have finished this book. I'm serious. Somebody throw me a party, because for a 500 page book (which is usually no big deal), this one felt like Moby Dick, minus the whale. It was that slow. I almost gave up on it, but kept returning to it because I had spent $10 on the e-book and it was recommended to me, so there's that.

But hey, I
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فهد الفهد
الجزيرة تحت البحر

الفاتنة التشيلية من جديد، اقرأ كتبها مفرقة وببطء، كأنني لا أريد لهذه الرحلة أن تنتهي، كما ظهر أثر التقدم على العمر وسنوات الكتابة على يوسا في روايته الأخيرة (حلم السلتي)، يظهر ذلك الآن على ايزابيل في روايتها هذه.

لا... ليست سيئة، الرواية أفضل من عشرات الروايات التي تثقل الرفوف، ولكنك تقرأ لإيزابيل منذ عقد الآن، فلذا تشعر بأن هناك شيء ما مفقود، حرارة، شعلة، شيء كان يجوس في كتبها الأولى، تلك التفاصيل التي كانت تصوغها بحدب، تبدو الآن باهتة قليلاً.

هذه رواية عن العبودية، عن زاريتيه
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Yazeed AlMogren
Oct 21, 2014 Yazeed AlMogren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عن بؤس العبودية عن القتال في سبيل الحرية وعن قصة تحرير هاييتي تتحدث هذه الرواية.
أحد أفضل روايات ايزابيل اللندي التي قرأتها حتى الآن، تسرد ايزابيل فيها قصة أول جمهورية نشأت بعد أن ثار العبيد فيها وتتحدث عن معاناة العبيد وكيف كان الانسان يباع كسلعة بسبب اختلاف لون بشرته، الرواية ممتعة وذات أحداث مترابطة بأسلوب شيّق وبطريقة غير مملة.
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Clif Hostetler
This book contains two major themes. First, it is a historical novel describing the Haitian slave rebellion (1791–1804) and New Orleans' Creole society and culture of the same era. Second, the book provides a clever fictional plot that shows the ironic difficulties that can arise in a strictly racially segregated slave holding society where there's an in between mulatto class who are blood relatives to both black and whites, and everybody pretends the relationships don't exist.

I enjoyed the stor
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Tariq Alferis
Feb 01, 2015 Tariq Alferis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.من الصعب كتابة انطباع عن الرواية، الفاتنة تكتب عن بؤس القرن الثامن عشر والتاسع عشر لجزيرة هايتي، بصدق قرأت عن هايتي تاريخيًا هلبا كُتب، لكن الكتاب هذا هو الأفضل من ناحية كُل شيء، من المؤسف أنه جماعة "الرواية لاتبنى أو لاتُقدم ثقافة"" حاتفوت عليهم واجد حاجات ،صدقت الرفيقة "إيمان عندما قالت" من ينتقد الرواية ويعتبرها تافهة لم يقرأ بعد "الرواية..!!
هناك جملة مليحة لويليام ستايرون كاتب أمريكي…تنطبق على الرواية هذي..:
“الكتاب العظيم المفترض ان يتركك بتجارب عديدة ومرهقا نوعا ما بنهايته, فانت تعيش حيوات
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Andy Miller
Nov 24, 2012 Andy Miller rated it really liked it
This novel follows the lives of two characters; Toulouse Valmorian, a French aristocrat who moves to Haiti in the late 1700s to run a plantation and Tete, a young slave he purchases to care for his new bride.

Allende paints a compelling view of slavery in Haiti and shows how it corrupts the souls of the slaveowners and contrasts that with the dignity that many slaves retain despite the brutality inflicted upon them.
Allende also focuses on the children who are born from the rape of slaves by thei
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Adira
This book gave an in-depth look at what it meant to fight for your right to be a person and a woman during Haitian & American Slavery. If you love an epic drama or a book about characters with loose morals, look no further!

You can watch my full review here: #WOCBC| Island Beneath the Sea
طاهر الزهراني
الجزيرة تحت البحر لإيزابيل الليندي هي الدليل والبرهان لإجادة المرأة للسرد الملحمي وحجة دامغة في وجه من ينفي الإبداع عن المرأة
العمل ساحر إلى درجة العيش، التفاصيل تجعلك تذوق وتسمع وتشم وتحس وتشاهد، الذي يريد أن يعرف القدرة السرديةالإبداعية لدى إيزابيل الليندي فليقرأ هذا الرواية
Missy J
I can't repeat it enough; this book is captivating. For me, it was truly plunging into a pool and arriving in 18th century Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) in just one page! Can you believe it? That's how good the writing was!
This is the first book I read by Isabel Allende. In the beginning, I was intimidated, because I heard many people say that her writing is difficult to understand, but I have to disagree. This book is very easy to follow. Encouraged, I might just go to the library next week and bo
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Kate
May 18, 2010 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: set-aside
It's pretty unusual for me to give up on a book, but I'm setting this one aside. I don't exactly have a choice, since it's a library book that can't be renewed because other people are waiting for it. The three weeks I've had the book would have been more than enough time to finish it, though, if it had only captured my imagination. The characters are two dimensional at best, and Allende spends so much time on exposition that 80 pages into the book, almost nothing has happened. There have, ...more
Alan
Jul 05, 2010 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've loved Isabel Allende since college. According to the New York Times, they had to create a whole new genre of fiction for her, "magical feminism," because magical realism was all male. This book, however, does not have that magical quality that her earlier writing has. It reads more like a newspaper account of the life of a slave as she moves from pre-revolutionary Haiti through the revolution and on to New Orleans with her master after he loses his plantation on Haiti.

It's important stuff t
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Donna
Aug 21, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
What a beautiful story. It had the bad and the ugly, but was well tempered with hopes and dreams. There is a fair amount of violence in this book as it details the hardships of slave life. This highlighted the strengths in the characters without feeling like it was just trying to shock the reader. All of the characters were well drawn and they evolved during their journey. I enjoyed the character development the most.

As beautiful a story this was, I had a hard time with all the historical inser
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Sarah
Nov 19, 2010 Sarah rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2010
Really more of a 2.5, it was improved by a slightly stronger ending and the occasional pleasure Allende's traditinal lyrical writing style. But most of this book pissed me off. It read like Allende's first draft; the plot was all over the place and she would introduce a major plot element several chapters the events were supposed to have happened. Allende's main character, and most of the other characters, were two-dimensional, which makes sense because the whole book felt like it was written as ...more
Marcia
Jun 16, 2010 Marcia rated it it was amazing
Isabel Allende adds an air of magic and tragedy to every book she writes, and this one is no exception.
Island Beneath the Sea is the story of Haiti before its liberation, when African slaves labored under hideous and unspeakable conditions on the sugar cane plantations owned by Europeans.

Allende draws us beautiful and complex portraits for each of the main characters - a slave girl who struggles to gain her freedom and the rebel slave she loves, a tough but tender-hearted mulatto courteson, the
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عبدالله ناصر

لا بد أنه أحد كتب أوبرا المفضلة.
ايزابيل هنا انتصرت للعبودية التي ستظل وصمة عار على جبين الانسان الأبيض تحديداً. الرواية تنطلق أحداثها في سان دومانغ أو تاهيتي أغنى مستعمرة في العالم حيث يعامل العبيد بأقسى ما يمكن للشر أن يصل و للشيطان أن يرضى. هناك السوط و هناك النار و هناك الحديد و القضبان. و عبر أربعة عقود تمضي ايزابيل يداً بيد مع البطلة الرئيسية لازاريتيه أو تيتي حيث تقوم بسرد مأساتها الشخصية و التي تنجح في تمثيل المآسي الأخرى. الرواية جميلة خصوصاً لمناهضي العنصرية و لمحبي ايزابيل . لازالت ايز
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Madhulika Liddle
Aug 08, 2016 Madhulika Liddle rated it really liked it
Isabel Allende’s Island Beneath the Sea begins in the late 18th century, when a young Frenchman named Toulouse Valmorain arrives from Paris on the Caribbean island of Saint-Domingue, where his father, a sugarcane planter, has summoned his only son to learn the ropes.

From there, the story plunges into a deeply engrossing tale of interwoven lives, centering on the mulatto girl Zarite ‘Tete’. Bought as a ten-year old slave to act as maid to the Spanishwoman Toulouse Valmorain marries, Tete is not
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Judy
Sep 17, 2010 Judy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone

I am an unabashed fan of Isabel Allende and have read all of her novels. Recently she has toned down the magical realism that was such a strong flavor in her early books and I don't guess she has ever topped The House of the Spirits, but as a storyteller she always excels. Truthfully the magic is still there because the people whose stories she tells believe in it as part of life.

Island Beneath the Sea, set in late 1700s Saint-Domingue (which became Haiti) is the story of Zarite, a sugar plant
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Linda Abhors the New GR Design
This is one of those books that make me wish for a "0" rating, so that I can count it on my list of books read, but tell ya how I really feel about it.
My updates pretty much say it all-there are some things that are shockingly out of place here (did you know monkeys and wolves were indigenous to Haiti? I sure as hell didn't.), and what is (mostly) historically accurate is very obviously researched, cut and pasted practically.

Know what? Daremblum says it so much more beautifully than I, so here'
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Rachel
Feb 28, 2013 Rachel rated it liked it
Shelves: historical-books
Hmm… Interesting book that made me think, but I just didn’t love it. I think there were two reasons for this.

It’s primarily the epic story of a white plantation owner in Haiti and a child slave that he purchases. The story starts in 1780(ish), covers thirty(ish) years, and happens against the revolt of the island’s slaves.

The history was fascinating and disturbing. The nation was clearly doomed from the start and the differences in how the slaves were treated (and why) was appalling. I was inte
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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at ...more
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