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A Long Petal of the Sea

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits comes an epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents, following two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a new place to call home.

In the late 1930s, civil war gripped Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hund
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Ballantine Books (first published May 21st 2019)
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Angela M
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed a number of Allende’s earlier books, but a few of the more recent ones have not been quite as satisfying. Yet, I could not resist the opportunity to read this one because I was looking for the Allende of those earlier novels and I found her . It felt like Allende at her best - a family saga with richly defined characters deeply connected to their family, their culture, their country, their lives shaped by the political landscape. There were times when I felt a bit bogged down by the po ...more
Elyse  Walters
“One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and affecting works in [Isabelle Allende’s] long career” —
—The New York Times book review.

I’ve read 15 books by this powerhouse pint-size extraordinary author.... both fiction, and nonfiction.
I’ve met Isabel Allende three times...
I admire Isabel Allende’s exceptional storytelling skills while educating me about history: ( people, places, and dates) —
This global humanitarian- feisty
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I really struggled with this book and was shocked as I really enjoy Allende's work. Ines of My Soul being my favorite of her books. I enjoyed the beginning, Roser comes from nothing and is adopted by a wealthy man and she has a gift for the piano. She falls in love with a young soldier who dies before their son is born. His brother Victor marries her to give the boy a father and to help her get to Chile with him. You see, people are fleeing Spain and Roser and Victor can get on a boat sailing to ...more
I just can't get into this one. The historical period was specifically what attracted me to the book but it overwhelms the story- too much research, too little character- all feeding into the list-like nature of the prose. It's impossible to feel any kind of emotional connection to a catalogue of:
this happened
and then this happened,
this is what this person thought of it.
And then this happened.
Page after page.

I've read academic history books with more feeling.
It is January and that means the winter doldrums. I am afflicted with seasonal affective disorder each winter and combat it with a jolt of vitamin d and an annual trip to Florida. A week in the sun under the palm trees usually does the trick until I return to the winter gloom. There have been years where I haven’t picked up a book for five weeks and been miserable until this year when I realized the best way to combat winter blues- magic, or more specifically books by my favorite authors. I firs ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Isabel Allende is one of my favourite authors and I have read a lot of her books over the years. This one is a real epic in every sense of the word and I read with fascination, admiration and at times horror at what humans inflict on fellow humans. The central characters are Victor Dalmau and Roser Bruguera and the novel takes us from the Spanish Civil War to Chile in 1994. Victor and Roser fight on the Republican side against Franco’s Nationalists, they flee Spain and go to France, from there t ...more
Diane S ☔
Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 So very glad that Allende has returned to form. I had trouble with her last few books, though her earlier novels were outstanding. Historicals are definitely her forte as this book about demonstrated.

This is the story of Victor and Roser who get together under tragic circumstances. It is also a story of war, refugees, displacement and making a new country one's home. The Spanish Civil War, Franco and his terror, which sends many fleeing to France where they are not welcomed. Pablo Neruda, an
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Allende can romanticize the simple things Just as she does with this title to describe where Chile snuggles into South America and the Pacific Ocean.
Her descriptions are so vivid you can smell the ocean; see the vibrant colours; hear the voices of country.
A story of the Spanish war that leads to a migration. Another generational story rich with characters, relationships and history. Maybe a little slower than some of her other works but appreciated the work that went into the research.
Gives me
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‘Years later, Neruda was to define it as a long petal of sea and wine and snow…with a belt of black and white foam...’

Keep in mind that this was my first adult book my Allende that I've read (I read her YA books as a teen).

I didn't know anything about the Spanish Civil war and I struggled to keep up with everything in the beginning. The first 50 pages were a bit hard for me to get through but once the plot started moving forward, I got used to her writing style and I became hooked.

None of
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you, Random House and Ballantine Books, for the gifted copy.

Isabel Allende has long been one of my favorite storytellers, ever since I read The House of the Spirits/La Casa de los Espiritus in Spanish while in college.

I was lost in A Long Petal of the Sea. So much so, I slowly savored reading it over a month’s time, which I rarely do. I needed to read it slowly because I never wanted to leave these characters. It also gave me time to reflect on this book’s brilliance. This type of charac
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across Isabel Allende when I was 16 and was looking for books similar to One Hundred Years of Solitude. Somebody recommended The House of the Spirits (her first novel) to me which I read in a day and is one of my all time favourites. I've read a couple of other novels from Isabel Allende who in my opinion consistently delivers well written books often with aspects of magical realism intertwined with the rich history of Chile, and political and social insights. 

A Long Petal of the Sea is
Pain is inevitable in this world. But what separates us as humans is how we react and respond to the relentless waves that pound against us in their fury. Who we become upon reaching the other side is telling in itself.

Isabel Allende is a masterful narradora......a Chilean storyteller with an amazing experiential background. Born in Lima, Peru, she has lived through Latin American unrest. In A Long Petal of the Sea, Allende will focus on the horrendous impact upon the people because of the Spani
Alice Lippart
Loved it.
Anna Luce
★★★✰✰ 3 stars

Isabel Allende is one of my all time favourite writers.
When I was in middle-grade I fell in love with her Eagle and Jaguar series and in the years since I’ve enjoyed other novels by her.
Having loved her memoir of Chile, My Invented Country, I was looking forward to A Long Petal of the Sea as it promised to be an evocative account of Spanish refugees in Chile.

Set against the tumultuous backdrop of the Spanish Civil War, this novel tells the story of a young doctor, Victor Dalmau,
Isabel is that kind of person that you'd wish to live forever so she can write books in eternity because every book she puts out it is more and more complexed filled with many details that are compelling and captivated! You could feel the ocean right beneath your feet reading this amazing historic fiction novel based on the true events, the vibrant colours and the fascinating background of the waters were something to enjoy a lot!
This is a Spanish war story which leads to immigration, the conne
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I've read a lot of Isabel Allende's stuff before and I really like some of it, but some of it is also too weird for me. A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA is actually a pretty good introduction to Isabel Allende because it's mild, and doesn't have any magic realism, so you get a sense of her literary style without the surrealism that can sometimes make her stories hard to follow.

A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA is set in Spain in the 1930s, under the fascis
Isabel Allende brings the history of the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War and the 1973 Chilean coup d’etat to vivid life as the backdrop of this dramatic story. She begins each chapter with the powerful and heartfelt poetry of Pablo Neruda, setting an emotional tone for the terrible cost of war, longing for one’s country, romantic ardor, and political ideology. Like little jewels, her fictional characters are carefully set into the tapestry of historical fact.

In 1939, it is Pablo Neruda as Special C
Bam cooks the books ;-)
One thing I love about reading is the vicarious thrill I get from being immersed in situations beyond my own experiences, my own lifetime. Allende's latest book of historical fiction first takes us to Spain in the 1930s where we experience the Spanish Civil War firsthand through the lives of the Dalmau family and later their desperate escape to France when all hope is lost and General Francisco Franco grasps controls of their country. Eventually, with the help of poet Pablo Neruda and the ship o ...more
I was drawn to this book by its setting in the Spanish Civil War and by the story of the Winnipeg, the ship chartered by Pablo Neruda to take 2,000 refugees to Chile. The preface by Isabel Allende whet my appetite and the first few pages were a very strong and shocking opening. It soon became so, so dry though. I struggled to feel any emotion behind the words. This happened, then this happened, she said and he said, then this happened.......with a lot of historical detail behind events. The hist ...more
Isabel Allende is back with a multi-generational family saga.

1938 Get ready, lads, To kill again, to die once more And to cover the blood with flowers. —PABLO NERUDA “Bloody was all the earth of man” THE SEA AND THE BELLS

The House of the Spirits; Of Love And Shadows; Eva Luna; and The Stories of Eva Luna, were my introductions to Isabel Allende's work. After all these years these four books still remain my all-time favorite reading experiences.

Allende not only captured the magic realism of C

“Someday, somewhere — anywhere, unfailingly, you'll find yourself, and that, and only that, can be the happiest or bitterest hour of your life.”
-Pablo Neruda

Moving, inspirational and poetic, A Long Petal of the Sea is a tale of endurance, love and survival despite inhumanity, violence, ruin and loss. A tale of strength in the face of a destructive and cruel hurricane called war.

-“So much hatred, so much cruelty… I don’t understand…”
-“We can all turn into savages if we’re given a rifle and an o
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
”Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional.”

In a sweeping novel that encompasses the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, multiple regime changes in Chile and various other locations throughout the world, Isabel Allende takes us on a journey through the history of the country she loves dearly. Despite being “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author”, I was unfamiliar with her before picking up A Long Petal of the Sea. Nope, I was simply drawn in by the historical context, bl
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chilean-American Allende’s novel follows Victor Dalmau and Roser Bruguera as they become refugees in January 1939 when Francisco Franco defeated Spain’s Republican army at Barcelona. Each of them joined the half million other defeated Spaniards fleeing to France and placed into concentration camps. [Almost 15,000 people perished in the French camps—including 9 out of 10 children.]

Victor marries Roser whom is pregnant with Victor’s dead brothers’ child in order to be included on the S.S. Winnipeg
Oct 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
[3.4] I appreciated that this novel encompassed both the Spanish Civil War and Chile's history from the 1940s to present. I also loved Neruda's role and the poems that headed each chapter. That's what made it a worthwhile read for me. But I wouldn't call it a satisfying novel. I was often distracted by the forced storytelling and flat characters- too much "telling" with mostly summaries of events and feelings. I also found the audiobook narrator (Edoardo Ballerini) overly dramatic. ...more
Elyse  Walters
oops -- other book -- who knew it was posted twice? silly! lol

Ohhhhhhhh I see the problem -- THIS is s SPECIAL signed copy! -- oops.

The book is great -- that's what is important!! :)
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
There are two things I like about Isabel Allende’s books. One she is a gifted writer and her prose is beautiful. The second is she puts her characters into a real historical/political situation.

In this book there are a few key issues that have parallels similar to today’s world. The rise of fascism and the massive number of refugees. The story starts with the Spanish Civil War and follows our protagonist as refugees that are eventually accepted into Chile with the help of Chilean poet Pablo Neru
A Long Petal Of The Sea by Isabel Allende was one of my most anticipated read for 2020, so much so I requested an ARC from Random House. I have been such a great fan of Allende's I know this book was deliver.

A Long Petal In The Sea opened in the late 1930s during the Spain Civil War where Spain is being ripped apart. Thousands of Spanish people are fleeing to safety to other nearby countries, there is not much food and not a lot of places to ide from the Fascists. Embroiled in all of this is
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an epic tale of Victor and Roser’s plight as the leave the home they love.
It is the story of the Spanish Civil War based on the true story of Victor Pey.

Victor Dalmau is a Army doctor, Roser Bruguera is pregnant with Victor’s deceased brothers child. After Franco over throws the government. Victor decides to leave Spain immediately. They partake a dangerous journey over the mountains to the French border. Victor discovers that they can take a ship to Chili charted by Pablo Neruda, the po
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve enjoyed some of Isabel Allende’s previous novels and her most recent was certainly no exception. Allende is such a gifted storyteller. Even better is the fact that this novel is based on historical events.

I must admit, I know very little about Spanish history, especially the Spanish Civil War that occurred during the late 1930’s. I was surprised to read that Spanish citizens had to flee the country for safety.

Two of these citizens who fled were Roser and Victor. Roser, who was pregnant with
Joan Happel
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Isabel Allende is a master story teller, blending history and fiction, painting a picture of a different time and place with masterful brush strokes, while writing characters and words that stay with the reader, long after we close the book. This time around she tells the story of Victor Dalmau and Roser Bruguera. Caught up in the Spanish Civil War and the atrocities of General Francisco Franco, they are forced to flee Spain for France, and eventually make it to Chile with the help of Pablo Neru ...more
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