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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, hundreds of
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Expected publication: January 21st 2020 by Ballantine Books (first published May 21st 2019)
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    Nenia ☠️ Hecka Wicked ☠️ Campbell

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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 fascist regime of Francisco Franco. A rift is beginning to
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    Emma
    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. Etc. Page after page.

    I've read academic history books with more feeling.
    Polly Vella
    Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    The settings of this book were crucial to understanding the main character, Victor. As a young man, he has to flee Spain as the dictator Francisco Franco comes to power after a brutal civil war. He emigrates to Chile and manages to build a life for himself that includes friendships with powerful people such as the poet Pablo Neruda and the Socialist politician, Salvador Allende. Allende is elected to the presidency and promptly enacts socialist reforms such as nationalising the Copper industry ( ...more
    Heather Fineisen
    Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    A generational saga is Allende at her best. Starting with the Spanish Civil War, characters are created that the reader feels vested in. A doctor, a brother lost, a pregnant girlfriend, a family friend, a worrying mother. Real to life characters that are refugees to France and then Pablo Neruda and the Winnepeg carry refugees to Chile. There is so much factual information available for the creation of the family's story that some events are glossed over. Overall, this is a satisfying fact based ...more
    Amy
    Sep 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Three stars because it is Isabelle Allende, but overall, I'd really give it just two. I have loved so many of Isabelle Allende’s novels, but this one was a struggle for me, as I did not like the style of the writing. It read like a list of events, sprinkled here and there with bits of character development and plot. I could not connect to the characters because it felt like they took a backseat to the unfolding of historical events. There was too little emotion, too little real interaction betwe ...more
    Stephanie
    Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    For fans of Isabel Allende, quality fiction in general, and historical fiction in particular, The Long Petal of the Sea (to be published in early 2020) is another stunning work by an amazing author.

    Allende’s books do what my favorites do: they teach while they entertain. The Long Petal of the Sea follows a young pregnant widow named Roser, who flees Spain following the overthrow of the government by Franco and the Fascists. In order to survive, she marries her deceased lover’s brother, an. Army
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    Ana
    Aug 30, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    Candace
    Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    What a treat to see that Isabel Allende is back in stride! Her last few books were a little, I don't know, listless? But "A Long Petal of the Sea" is rich and packed with bold characters and little known history.

    Victor Dalmau is a medical student scooped from the classroom as a medic during the Spanish Civil War. He survives, but the repressive brutality of the triumphant Franco forces sends the remnants of his family across the border to France and from there to Chile, where the poe
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    Elle
    Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is the first book that I have read from Isabel Allende. I understand why she has won so many awards. This book was amazing. The story pulls you in from the beginning, and you are on a roller coaster ride throughout. There is a beauty, a pain, a sadness, and unexpected joy in this book. While this is a work of historical fiction, the history here is spot on. Allende has certainly put a lot of research into this work, and it shows. This book is especially relevant as we think in our current m ...more
    Natalie
    Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Isabel Allende has produced a perfect saga of beautifully written historical fiction. She has masterfully placed the fictional Dalmau family in the center of many great historical events, and many important figures (including her own father).

    As a Republican in the bloody Spanish Civil War, Victor Dalmau faces death as a medic. His own family is decimated as his beloved homeland is destroyed. His brother has died leaving his beloved, Roser pregnant. It is here that their lives are forever change
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    Katherine Younkin
    The medical student Victor Dalmau reaches an early maturity caring for patients during the chaos of the Spanish Civil War in the late 1930s. He is nothing like his brother, Guillem, part of a worker’s militia against Francisco Franco’s fascists, his father, a music professor, or his mother, Carme raised by nuns. One common trait of all the Dalmaus’ however is the willingness to stand up to social injustices.

    Victor’s parents take in a rural impoverished Spanish girl, Roser, with a rare musical g
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    Ceecee
    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
    Keith Currie
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A beating heart

    Isabel Allende’s novel begins with the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and ends shortly after the fall of the Pinochet regime in Chile. The events of these tumultuous years are witnessed through the eyes of two families, one Catalonian republicans and the other conservative minded Chileans. Each chapter begins with a quotation from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and he as well as other real life Chileans have their own significant parts to play in this long story. Neru
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    Keith Currie
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A beating heart

    Isabel Allende’s novel begins with the horrors of the Spanish Civil War and ends shortly after the fall of the Pinochet regime in Chile. The events of these tumultuous years are witnessed through the eyes of two families, one Catalonian republicans and the other conservative minded Chileans. Each chapter begins with a quotation from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and he as well as other real life Chileans have their own significant parts to play in this long story. Neru
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    deep
    Sep 28, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
    PW Starred: " Spanning from 1938 to 1994, this majestic novel from Allende (In the Midst of Winter) focuses on Victor Dalmau, a 23-year-old medical student fighting in the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side when the novel opens. After Nationalist forces prevail, Victor and thousands of other Republican sympathizers flee Spain to avoid brutal reprisals. In France, he searches the packed refugee camps for Roser Bruguera, who is pregnant with his brother Guillem’s child. Once he finds Roser, ...more
    Sofia009
    Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    In the middle of the spanish civil war, joung Víctor Dalmau and his pianist, pegnant of his brother, friend Roser Bruguera, are compelled to flee Barcelona. Before fleeing, Víctor tells Roser that she'll have to go with Aitor Ibarra, a friend of his, who he trusted would take her safe and sound to the french border, where she had to ask for another friend of his who was from Switzerland, there he would meet her. 6 months had to go by for them to meet again, she had given birth to a healthy boy, ...more
    Ruth
    Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Victor Dalmau is training to be a doctor when the Spanish Civil War breaks out, and he spends the rest of the war as a medical auxiliary. When war is over and the Nationalists have won, he has to flee Spain with his sister in law Roser - a pianist, engaged to his brother and pregnant. Offered passage to Chile by Pablo Neruda, they marry in order to be able to go and so begins their new life. Eventually exiled by the Pinochet regime, they go to Venezuela and eventually back to Chile, which has be ...more
    Gladys Lopez
    Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Several stories intertwined that were well fundamented, as Isabel Allende knows how to do.
    I read this book the same year that I read “La hija de la española” by Karina Sainz Borgo. The comparison of the two books based on two Latin American countries in less than one century is something that gives food for thought about the uncertainty and ever changing nature of life. How cycles keep repeating and how wealthy nations can turn around to be nations in need.
    In a world with high mobility and fas
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    Maria
    A novel about a man's life who was brought up in Spain, and was a Republican fighter/doctor during the Spanish Civil War. He was part of the Retreat and ended up in a concentration camp in France before he was rescued by Pablo Neruda and sent to Chile. In Chile many years later he was arrested, put in a concentration camp and later exiled to Venezuela. His profession as a doctor influenced his destiny.

    This could be promoted as a love story, his dead-brother's girlfriend could only leave with hi
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    Cat Johnson
    Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    I enjoyed this book by Isabel Allende. It was the first historical fiction book I have read that featured the Spanish Civil War. This book is about resilience, hope and home. We observe the Dalmau family survive the Spanish Civil War only to potentially endure the repetition of history in their new home of Chile. I was completely into the story about 3/4 through the novel, I will say I think it could have been wrapped up neater or sooner. I think this book featured a good balance of history with ...more
    Jennifer
    Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Isabel Allende returns to her roots with this amazing and extremely relevant novel. It was challenging to read this novel of the uprising of fascism in Spain and later the military take-over in Chile because it felt so immediate and connects to much of what is happening in our world today.

    This novel follows Victor and Roser through the years as they leave Spain and find a new life in Chile. They marry for practical reasons, so that they can emigrate together to Chile with Roser's baby. Through
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    `Cristina
    Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Isabel Allende at her best. With Largo Petal de mar, Allende goes back to her roots, telling us the story of Spanish refugees in Chile. The story touches upon the Spanish civil war, the conditions of the Spanish refugees when they crossed the border to France to escape Franco's dictatorship and then their new lives in Chile. One cannot help but be reminded that history always repeat itself, and that once we were them..
    Characters are interesting, well developed, you are rooting for them, Roser i
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    Michelle
    Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Another wonderfully written book by Isabel Allende. Her gift to take historic events and write beautiful, detailed, and layered stories is unparalleled.
    Roser and Victor, desperate to escape Spain at the end of the Spanish Civil War, flee to the other side of the world to Chile. Here, they rebuild their lives and encounter people who will shape their new country in the years to come.
    Rich details and wonderful characters make this a solid 5 star read.
    Thank you to @netgalley for the free review
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    Juan Rivera
    Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: lecturas-2019
    I had already decided not to read a book by Isabel Allende again, however they recommended "Long Sea Petal" and then, in this almost, if I heeded the recommendation.

    The guiding thread of the novel is the life of two refugees fleeing the Spanish civil war to go to live in Chile. There they change their nationality and make decisions that make them prosper and live well.

    But then comes the coup in Chile and the problems begin again.

    Excellent book in depth and
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    K
    Oct 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Allende covers a huge span of time for this book but she keeps it moving. There's no dull moments in this book and she manages to fit character study-type sections for most of the major characters. A lot of the characters are definitely products of their time, but it's fascinating how a lot of these issues are still relatable in present day. This is a solid piece of work that will have you itching to look up how it lines up with historical events. (I was given an ARC of this book via Netgalley i ...more
    Diane Payne
    Unlike how I feel about most of Allende's books, this one read a bit like how Allende mentioned in her Acknowledgments: "This book wrote itself, as if it had been dictated to me" That's exactly how the book read-as a detailed narrative outline the events that took place over the life times of our main characters. There were so few scenes created that it didn't feel like a novel. Whenever I'd notice dialogue was coming up, I felt a sense of relief because those were my favorite parts of this inte ...more
    Kathleen Wells
    Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Isabel Allende's latest book, and it didn't disappoint! This is historical fiction that covers a family from the time of the Spanish Civil War until the reign of Pinochet in Chile. It is about the journey of Victor and Roser Dalmau on The Winnipeg, a ship that took a couple thousand people who had fled Spain ahead of Franco to live in Chile. In the style of "The House of the Spirits," it covers times of political turmoil and families divided by different political beliefs who nevertheless strive ...more
    Keren Krinick
    Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    A wonderful family saga, laced through difficult historical events, Isabel Allende did not disappoint! From the horrific Spanish Civil War, to Chile, and other locations in South America, Victor Dalmau and Roser face endless hardships which they overcome with impressive grace and resolution. I learned a lot from this book- the politics that affected people in Spain and Chile, many strong idealistic characters and much pain, passion and humanity. Thank you NetGalley for the Early Reader Copy. All ...more
    Sarah
    Aug 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
    Many years ago I read lots of Allende and loved the magical realism and her quirky tales. I have not read an Allende book for a while and perhaps it would have been best if I had left this one alone. The writing style is so disjointed that I struggled to maintain any interest in the characters. The book reads like school history project, with strange asides and facts which I thought would lead on to something else but were dead ends. Not for me.
    Q-Laura Zarate
    Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Isabel Allende does it again!
    She shares a story that only few have experienced.
    She tells it using the most wonderful words.
    She transports you to many countries so perfectly that you feel you are there walking, eating or listening to music with the characters.
    I wish I could give her more than 5 stars.
    I’m glad this story was told. As always, I learned about a time in history I didn’t know from the history texts.
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