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
I enjoyed the stor...more
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
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
Allende uses language beautifully. She paints vivid word portraits of places and times I've never been t...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
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
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
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
Island Beneath the Sea is an epic historical novel, following the story of Zarite, a slave. The novel begins in Saint-Domingue (now Haiti), with Toulouse Valmorain, French, and the acquisition of his plantation. From there Zarite and Toulouse's fates are shown as...more
Sicuramente la componente del magico, dell���invocare i loa, Erzuli e altre divinit�� in un sincretismo tipico di societ�� che nascono dalla fusione di pi�� culture, �� forte e marcata. Tuttavia non �� solo il destino ad aiutare Tet��. �� con le sue qualit�� che riesce a diventare la schia...more
Dott.<<Si potrebbe dire lo stesso di un bianco abbruttito dalla schiavit�� Monsieur>>
V.<< i neri hanno bisogni del pungo di ferro. E sia chiaro che mi riferisco alla fermezza non alla brutalit��>>
Dott.<<non pu�� essere umano possedere e sfruttare un�...more
But I was wrong. It is an excellent stoy, told in third person and with like-diary notes by the so-called main female lead in this book : Zarite, also kno...more
The families whose lives intertwine are followed throughout the changes that came as the slaves revolted against their masters, and the subsequent immigration to Louisiana and Cuba...more
The opening paragraph begins:
"In my forty years I, Zarite Sedella, have had better luck than other slaves. I am going to have a long life and my old age will be a time of contentment because of my star - mi z'etoile - also...more
I loved the promise of 'true' love I started to expect at the beginning - and how the book then made a twist and another twist and how I learned together with the characters to mourn and let go and, even, to forgive and love again. The book entwines myth into reali...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
Esta é uma estória emocional que explora a temática da escravatura através dos olhos de Zarité, a personagem principal que nos conta o seu percurso de vida, intercalando com a voz do narrador. Através de Teté descobrimos um rol de personagens bem desenvolvidas, cativantes e complexas, que o leitor aprenderá a amar e a odiar, tudo na mesma estória.
Ao longo da narrativa o leitor viaja até Saint-Domingue (atual Haiti) no séc. XVIII, passando...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
With that said, I have two complaints about this book. And they are complaints, not "ideas I wish had happened instead" or "li...more