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Il giardino che brucia

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  640 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
La splendida tenuta di Eleuthera, nell'isola caraibica di San Felice, appartiene da più di trecento anni a una turbolenta famiglia. In questo lussureggiante paradiso, in un intreccio di passioni ardenti, amori clandestini e violenza, si muovono i protagonisti di questo libro.
Published January 1st 1998 by Sperling & Kupfer (first published 1982)
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Feb 11, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes books about families
Recommended to Mary by: I love Belva Plain as an author.
She was a girl as innocent and beautiful as her family's lush Caribbean plantation - until she learned about dark desire and became a woman. Banished from paradise, Teresa Francis was swept into marriage and motherhood in opulent New York - a world away from her beautiful St. Felice island. But eventually, the secrets that refused to stay buried would draw her back again to paradise. A paradise now in the throws of revolution, which forces Teresa to confront her past and watch her future unfold. ...more
May 14, 2014 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Grabbed some books of a shelf of 70s paperbacks while visiting my mom last week. Now I've got a head cold and I'm plowing through some of them...

Nice slow writing, with (dare I say it) a 70s style. A little boring, with a real effort at character development, but somehow it still seemed thin even after 500 pages.

Having recently read Americanah, which truly hits home on race relations, this felt quaint.

Really, not a bad pick for spending a week-end on the sofa with a cold in mid-May while a snow
Jamie Casey
Jul 08, 2013 Jamie Casey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again a great book by Belva. I love that she mixes history in with the story. It makes the reader understand what it was like to live through some of history.

As most of Belva's books, this one is a family tree of the Francois family, later known as Francis. It begins with Tee as a young girl on an island in the Caribbean known as St Felice. Tee isn't like the other kids her age. She doesn't understand the difference that everyone else see of black and whites. She befriends a black boy, and
Diane Wachter
PB-B @ 1987, 3/88. A Caribbean plantation girl falls in love, goes to the opulence of New York, then comes home again. Okay.
Carolyn Van
Racial attitudes on a small Caribbean island. Political
Jan 09, 2009 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical fiction follows the course of a made-up caribbean island as it pursues independence. There are a lot of elements in the book that I liked such as exploration of class, gender, and race however somehow I failed to connect to many of the characters and they never ended up feeling "real" to me. Overall, it was a quick and enjoyable read that didn't manage to make me feel much.
Stephanie Starcher
I hated it and I love all her books
Family saga contains many family, social and political issues. Slow reading at times.
Jan 11, 2010 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After reading several richly written books, the writing style was so superficial. The many characters were hard to keep straight. The wives were shallow. It did cause me to view tropical paradises in a different light.
Oct 16, 2008 Penny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very rich characters. I loved the time line and the manner in which she keeps the story flowing without a lot of fluff.
Oct 31, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 for this story of racial tension in the Caribbean.
May 31, 2008 Tory rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The characters were vastly unlikeable.
Feb 16, 2015 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrift-store
Was not happy with ending.
Sue Kozlowski
Good romance story.
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Belva Plain was a best-selling American author of mainstream women's fiction. Her first novel, Evergreen (1978) topped the New York Times bestseller list for 41 weeks and was made into a TV miniseries. At her death, there were over 30 million copies of her twenty-plus novels in print in 22 languages.

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