Island Beneath the Sea
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.
في هذه الجزيرة المسحورة تحت البحر
تتعانق أرواحٌ سمراء
راقصين فيها إلى الأبد
على دقات طبول لا مرئية
فهم يحملون الإيقاعات في أرواحهم
الايقاع يولد في الجزيرة تحت البحر
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
ارقصي يا زاريتيه
لأن العبد الذي يرقص عبد حر
طالما هو يرقص
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...more
Allende uses language beautifully. She paints vivid word portraits of places and times I've never been t...more
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...more
I enjoyed the stor...more
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...more
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...more
العمل ساحر إلى درجة العيش، التفاصيل تجعلك تذوق وتسمع وتشم وتحس وتشاهد، الذي يريد أن يعرف القدرة السرديةالإبداعية لدى إيزابيل الليندي فليقرأ هذا الرواية
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...more
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...more
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...more
It's important stuff t...more
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...more
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...more
كان هاييتي هو الاسم الذي يطلقه السكان الأصليون ع...more
Raised in Detroit, Michigan, Merkerson was a dance major at Wayne State University until a friend asked her to come to attend the friend’s drama class. It was there that she discovered what she truly wanted to do. So, after graduation she headed for New York Cit...more
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...more
It's not that I didn't like the story. It's the combination writer / italian reader that I really, really didn't like.
As for the book itself, I am fascinated by the history of Haiti, but Allende's c...more
The story takes place in Saint Domingue (present day Haiti) during the time it was a French colony, and through the time where it became it's own country. It also provides story in New Orleans, during the time it was a Spanish, French, and then US territory. These are periods of time and locations that I do not know a great...more
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...more
Toulouse Valmoriain arrives in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) as a 20 year old with the idea of seeing his ailing father, getting the sugar plantation on it’s feet again, and then going back to civilized France. But the plantation takes constant attention, so he stays. The child Tete is bought t...more
i was reading it and hoping it will never end....
u live with all the characters in this novel ,feel they are alive..
happy for their joy,depressed for their sadness...
TETE the main character what awonderful woman have all this passion
all that love ,forgiveness,extraordinary spirit ,tolerent ,that ask for help from the priest as well as her african Gods ..