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En plena Guerra Civil española, el joven médico Víctor Dalmau, junto a su amiga pianista Roser Bruguera, se ven obligados a abandonar Barcelona, exiliarse y cruzar los Pirineos rumbo a Francia. A bordo del Winnipeg, un navío fletado por el poeta Pablo Neruda que llevó a más de dos mil españoles rumbo a Valparaíso, embarcarán en busca de la paz y la libertad que no tuvieron ...more
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Published January 21st 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing (first published May 21st 2019)
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    Angela M
    Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    I enjoyed a number of Allendes 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 ...more
    Elyse  Walters
    Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and affecting works in [Isabelle Allendes] long career
    The New York Times book review.
    AGREE!!!!!!

    Ive read 15 books by this powerhouse pint-size extraordinary author.... both fiction, and nonfiction.
    Ive met Isabel Allende three times...
    I admire Isabel Allendes exceptional storytelling skills while educating me about history: ( people, places, and dates)
    This global humanitarian-
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    Debra
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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    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
    Brina
    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 havent 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 first ...more
    Diane S ☔
    Feb 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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,
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    Jen
    Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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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    Ceecee
    Oct 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    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 Francos Nationalists, they flee Spain and go to France, from there ...more
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    Years later, Neruda was to define it as a long petal of sea and wine and snowwith a belt of black and white foam...


    Victor Dalmau is an army doctor during the Spanish Civil war. In it's aftermath he, his very pregnant and widowed sister in law, Roser, and hundreds of others are forced to flee over the mountains to France.

    But the unrest in Europe has only begun, another World War is breaking out and Victor and Roser need to leave. And the only way is on Pablo Naruda's ship, the SS Winnipeg. In
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    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    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 months 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 books brilliance. This type of
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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.
    Page after page.

    I've read academic history books with more feeling.
    Nadia
    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
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    Linda
    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
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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
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    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 ...more
    Libby
    Isabel Allende brings the history of the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War and the 1973 Chilean coup detat 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 ones 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
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    Margitte
    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
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    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 Ive 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,
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    Kathleen
    Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Chilean-American Allendes novel follows Victor Dalmau and Roser Bruguera as they become refugees in January 1939 when Francisco Franco defeated Spains 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 campsincluding 9 out of 10 children.]

    Victor marries Roser whom is pregnant with Victors dead brothers child in order to be included on the S.S. Winnipeg.
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    Elle Rudy
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    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 worlds 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, blurb
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    Tami
    Ive enjoyed some of Isabel Allendes 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 1930s. 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
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    Fiona
    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 ...more
    Elyse  Walters
    oops -- other book -- who knew it was posted twice? silly! lol

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

    The book is great -- that's what is important!! :)
    BookOfCinz
    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
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    Joan Happel
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    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 ...more
    Lou
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A Long Petal of the Sea is the latest historical literary work from bestselling, critically-acclaimed author Isabel Allende. I have been an admirer of this master storyteller from the time I took a chance on her debut novel, The House of the Spirits, yet didn't find some of the books that immediately followed quite as alluring. This story takes place at a time of great conflict and anxiety across the globe. From the opening pages, I was reminded of how powerful and captivating her stories are ...more
    Linden
    Allendes latest novel starts out in 1938 Spain, at the height of the Spanish Civil War. After the triumph of Franco and the Fascists, Victor and his late brothers pregnant girlfriend, Roser, set out to cross the Pyrenees into France. Against all odds, they survive, and eventually make their way to Chile. There, Victor attends medical school, marries Roser, who is a concert pianist, and they live in peace until the 1973 right wing coup causes them to suffer once again. Allende, who has done ...more
    Judy
    Nov 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Isabel Allende is a favorite author for me. Allende's books always seem to allow travel to so many countries! This one started in Spain, and spent time France, Chile, Argentina, and the United States. The focus of the book is an epic journey of the lives of Victor Dalmau (an army doctor), and Roser (Victor's late brother's pregnant girlfriend. They flee Spain during the Spanish Civil War, just before World War II, and cross the Pyranees into France. Somehow they made it aboard a ship carrying ...more
    Jeanette (Again)
    "But do you know what I'm most grateful for? Love. That has marked me more than anything else."

    Isabel Allende is at her finest in this sweeping historical family saga. It's a richly wrought story of hardship and exile and a relationship born of necessity that develops into a deep and abiding love.

    The author brings together the Spanish Civil War and the more recent history of Chile, where she grew up. The Chilean part of the novel becomes highly personal for her, as the historical record
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    Monica Kim: Reader in Emerald City
    Foreigners, here it is, This is my homeland, Here I was born and here live my dreams, Chile, long petal of sea and wine and snow Isabel Allende, A Long Petal of the Sea (poetry by Pablo Neruda)
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    Isabel Allendes A Long Petal of the Sea was so amazing! But of course I expected nothing less from one of my favorite & one of the greatest authors a master of historical fiction & multigenerational family sagas, phenomenal researcher & storyteller! Allende is in a league of her own, a
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    Myrna
    Jan 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was my second Isabel Allende book and it definitely won't be my last despite my three star rating. This novel started out strong, however, it read too much like a list of historical events with too many facts and not enough storyline. I cared more about the minor characters than the major ones. She did do a great job of blending fact with fiction. I found the historical aspects of this novel interesting and educational since this was a time period I knew little about. If you are a fan of ...more
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