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Island Beneath the Sea

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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.

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Hardcover, 457 pages
Published April 27th 2010 by Harper (first published August 25th 2009)
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Jeanine Yes and no. Yes, because several of the main characters perservere in the face of horrible discrimination and deprivation. But, just like in real…moreYes and no. Yes, because several of the main characters perservere in the face of horrible discrimination and deprivation. But, just like in real life, but more so because of the times and beliefs about class & race, we lose people due to extenuating circumstances that are out of one's control. (less)

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Huda Yahya

في هذه الجزيرة المسحورة تحت البحر
تتعانق أرواحٌ سمراء
راقصين فيها إلى الأبد
على دقات طبول لا مرئية
فهم يحملون الإيقاعات في أرواحهم

العالم يهتز
الايقاع يولد في الجزيرة تحت البحر
يهز الأرض
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

عندي قلقٌ في روحي وفي خلاياي من أمدٍ بعيد
Elyse Walters
Apr 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is $1.99 kindle special again today
- I still own this book - loved it - packed filled with drama ...

I'm reading Isabel Allende's new book right now - "In The Mist of Winter", not released yet -- and it's TERRIFIC...
save your pennies for it! Or get your name on the waitlist at the library.

Older ... tiny comment:
I just bought this book yesterday. It looks fantastic! I LOVE Isabel Allende. I like her fiction and non-fiction books.

I'm also so excited....she will be speaking at a darling book
The Real Code Noir

My only direct knowledge of Haiti comes from my marginal involvement in the attempted Haitian coup of 1970 against ‘Papa Doc’ Duvalier. The failed survivors took to sea in several small ships, ran out of fuel, and asked for humanitarian assistance from the Coast Guard. My ship was diverted from training in Guantanamo Bay and ordered to tow the rebel vessels to Roosevelt Roads, a naval base on Puerto Rico.

I, as an expendable junior officer, was assigned to take command of the l
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Take the rich historical settings of Haiti and New Orleans. Toss in voodoo ceremonies, zombies, bloody slave uprisings, forbidden loves, pirates, spies, fortune-tellers, hurricanes, epidemics, and a pinch of scandal. Place all of this is Isabel Allende's gifted hands, and what's not to love?

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
Mohamed Al
Oct 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: روايات
يمكن اعتبار هذه الرواية التي كتبتها الروائية التشيلية إيزابيل الليندي بوحي من التاريخ الاستعماري لجزيرة هاييتي، إحدى أبلغ الشهادات ضد الممارسات الاستعمارية الوحشية إدانة وتأثيراً. ومن الدّال أن الليندي تنذر رواية كاملة وطويلة لصياغة هذه الشهادة وبلورتها في شكلٍ يكسبها قوة دامغة، ويحولها إلى ما يشبه اللعنة الأبدية لأوروبا وتعاملها مع الإنسان ــ غير الأبيض ــ لا في بلدٍ محدد وواحد، مثل هاييتي، بل في كل ما طالته أياديها من بُلدانٍ احتلتها / استعمرتها.

كان هاييتي هو الاسم الذي يطلقه السكان الأصليون ع
Claire Grasse
Aug 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: practically no one
The flyleaf review on this book promised that it was written with all kinds of "native wit and brio." sic. Well, I fear this surfeit of wit and brio was somehow waylaid between press and the bookstand, because I'm halfway through, and now hoping I can find the grim stamina to just hang on and finish this book that somehow manages to feel damp and depressing, even in the cheeriest of chapters.

Allende uses language beautifully. She paints vivid word portraits of places and times I've never been t

الحُرية مع الالَم اكرمَ للأنسان مَن العُبودية مع الَسَعادة
والذي يحَرمَ رجَلًا آخَر من حُريته هو سجَين الكراهيَة والتحيز َو ضِيق الأفُق
فلا يحَق لبشر ان يَستعَبد غَيرهُ بَدافع الَتمِييز في الَلون او الديُن.
فكلُنا سوَاااء خُلقَنَا مَن الترآب وله حتمَاً َسَنعوُد.
"إليزابيَل الَليندي"

روايه تُعد من اروع ما قرأءتُ عن مُعاناه المُواطنين "ذوي البَشرة السمراء"مَن وطَأة العبُودية
والتي كاَنت مُوجودة في القَرنيَن المَاضين والتي عَاني منها العَديُد من مُواطني أفَريقيا
وكل الُدول التي كانتَ واق
Nada EL Shabrawi
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مفضلات
رواية تُقرأ بتمعن و تلذذ مثل قطع الشكولاتة عندما تُترك لتذوب على اللسان. من أفضل ما كتبت ايزابيل، ملحمة من عيار بيت الأرواح. و مش لاقية وصف تاني أقوله عليها.
An ambitious saga of personal lives and aspirations amid the violent transition of Haiti from a French colony founded on slavery into an independent republic at the turn of the 18th century. We are immersed in the story of the slave Zarité on a sugar plantation and how she learns to survive under its young aristocratic master Valmorain, who rapes her at 13 and fathers children by her. She eventually gains his respect and some independent agency as a caretaker of his white son. When the time of t ...more
Tynan Power
Jul 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary book about race, slavery, Haiti and New Orleans, as well as what it means to be family, by blood, by fate and by choice. It begins in 18th century Haiti (prior to when it was called Haiti) and ends in New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase. In the first part of the book, it chronicles the slave revolts that led to the creation of Haiti as the first independent black ("negro") nation. In the second part, it keeps Haiti in the background while following the main characters in New O ...more
Apr 27, 2010 marked it as to-read
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Thursday evening, May 6th, I had the good fortune to attend a talk and reading by the most famous living Latin American author. Isabel Allende read from her new novel Island Beneath the Sea at the Atlanta History Center to an auditorium full of fans. She was a delight!!

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
Julie Christine
Three & a half stars.

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
Kellie Lambert
Oct 31, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought I would never finish a split personality friend, the first 250 pages were a drag and the last 250 were epic!

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
Viv JM
3.5 stars, rounded up

Island Beneath the Sea is an epic historical saga, following the lives of slave Tété and her master Valmorain. The story begins on the island of Saint Domingue (modern day Haiti) and follows the pair through a slave uprising and onwards to exile in New Orleans. Allende’s storytelling is wonderful and she really transports the reader to the geographical and historical setting. I enjoyed the first part of the book, set in Haiti, more than the second part set in New Orleans, wh
"Islands Beneath the Sea" refers to where people go when they die. I guess it's some kind of folklore, the origins of which are unclear from the book. I don't have anything really deep and meaningful to say about this book. I thought it was in effect an overly emotional soap opera about cartoonishly evil and inept villain Toulouse Valmorain and the chronically persecuted Zarete (Tete). All of this against the backdrop of the very brutal slavery conditions in Saint-Domingue aka Haiti and the peri ...more
Yazeed AlMogren
Jul 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
عن بؤس العبودية عن القتال في سبيل الحرية وعن قصة تحرير هاييتي تتحدث هذه الرواية.
أحد أفضل روايات ايزابيل اللندي التي قرأتها حتى الآن، تسرد ايزابيل فيها قصة أول جمهورية نشأت بعد أن ثار العبيد فيها وتتحدث عن معاناة العبيد وكيف كان الانسان يباع كسلعة بسبب اختلاف لون بشرته، الرواية ممتعة وذات أحداث مترابطة بأسلوب شيّق وبطريقة غير مملة.
Joy D
Historical fiction covering the years 1770-1810 set first in the French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) then in New Orleans, Island Beneath the Sea is an ambitious sweeping epic of the slave rebellion that resulted in Haitian independence, and the emigration of displaced people to multi-cultural New Orleans at the time of the Louisiana Purchase. Allende examines the horrors of slavery, the blending of different cultures in the wake of the mass emigration, and the strong bonds that form betw ...more
Tom LA
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I have to say I listened to the audiobook in Italian, read by an Italian actress who unfortunately did a terrible job. She read the whole thing with a tone of amused delight, which is the farthest she could possibly go from the horrific ugliness described in this book. So, please bear with me.

It's not that I didn't like the story. It's the combination writer / reader that I really, really hated.

As for the book itself, I am fascinated by the history of Haiti, but Allende's charact
فهد الفهد
الجزيرة تحت البحر

الفاتنة التشيلية من جديد، اقرأ كتبها مفرقة وببطء، كأنني لا أريد لهذه الرحلة أن تنتهي، كما ظهر أثر التقدم على العمر وسنوات الكتابة على يوسا في روايته الأخيرة (حلم السلتي)، يظهر ذلك الآن على ايزابيل في روايتها هذه.

لا... ليست سيئة، الرواية أفضل من عشرات الروايات التي تثقل الرفوف، ولكنك تقرأ لإيزابيل منذ عقد الآن، فلذا تشعر بأن هناك شيء ما مفقود، حرارة، شعلة، شيء كان يجوس في كتبها الأولى، تلك التفاصيل التي كانت تصوغها بحدب، تبدو الآن باهتة قليلاً.

هذه رواية عن العبودية، عن زاريتيه
بثينة العيسى

الرواية جميلة نعم، ولكنها ليست مدهشة .. ربما الخطأ خطئي، لأنني أقرأ لـ إيزابيل الليندي بإخلاص منقطع النظير، وقد وجدت أن هذه الرواية لم تختلف عن كثير من سابقاتها، من حيث الأجواء والتفاصيل التي تحشو بها عالمها الروائي، والأدوات السردية التي وظفتها الكاتبة لصناعة هذا العالم ..

إيزابيل الليندي ما زالت تكتب العالم " المدهش سابقا / المكرر حالياً " الذي كتبته في ابنة الحظ، و إنيس حبيبة روحي، وبيت الأرواح .. باستثناء أنها تكتب هذه المرة عن العبودية .. والمشكلة، أنني لم أحس بخصوصية محور العبودية ولا بصد
Tariq Alferis
Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
.من الصعب كتابة انطباع عن الرواية، الفاتنة تكتب عن بؤس القرن الثامن عشر والتاسع عشر لجزيرة هايتي، بصدق قرأت عن هايتي تاريخيًا هلبا كُتب، لكن الكتاب هذا هو الأفضل من ناحية كُل شيء، من المؤسف أنه جماعة "الرواية لاتبنى أو لاتُقدم ثقافة"" حاتفوت عليهم واجد حاجات ،صدقت الرفيقة "إيمان عندما قالت" من ينتقد الرواية ويعتبرها تافهة لم يقرأ بعد "الرواية..!!
هناك جملة مليحة لويليام ستايرون كاتب أمريكي…تنطبق على الرواية هذي..:
“الكتاب العظيم المفترض ان يتركك بتجارب عديدة ومرهقا نوعا ما بنهايته, فانت تعيش حيوات
Missy J
I can't repeat it enough; this book is captivating. For me, it was truly plunging into a pool and arriving in 18th century Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) in just one page! Can you believe it? That's how good the writing was!
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
Book Concierge
Audiobook performed by S. Epatha Merkerson.

In a bit of a departure from her usual emphasis on Hispano-American history, Allende gives us a story of an 18th-century slave in French-occupied Saint-Domingue (later to become Haiti). We follow Zarité from her childhood through age forty, from Guinea to Saint-Domingue to Cuba and on to New Orleans.

Allende populates the novel with a wide variety of characters: Zarité’s French master and plantation owner Toulouse Valmorain; the free quadroon Violette B
Clif Hostetler
This book contains two major themes. First, it is a historical novel describing the Haitian slave rebellion (1791–1804) and New Orleans' Creole society and culture of the same era. Second, the book provides a clever fictional plot that shows the ironic difficulties that can arise in a strictly racially segregated slave holding society where there's an in between mulatto class who are blood relatives to both black and whites, and everybody pretends the relationships don't exist.

I enjoyed the stor
I am absolutely in love with Isabel Allende's writing. When I read "The House of Spirits" I was captivated with how she is able to captivate her readers. She continues her magical writing with "Island Beneath The Sea".

In Island Beneath The Sea we are taken to 1770 on the island of Saint Domingue (Haiti) where we meet Zarite, who is a slave on the island. We also meet French, Toulouse Valmorain who arrives on the island to run his father's plantation. Of course, Toulouse Valmorain, new to the
Sarah saied
خلال سنوات عمري الأربعين. كنت أنا زاريتيه سيديلا. محظوظة أكثر من عبدات أخريات. سأعيش طويلا وستكون شيخوختي سعيدة. لأن نجمي (طالعي) يشع حتي عندما تكون السماء غائمة. أعرف متعة أن أكون مع الرجل الذي اختاره قلبي عندما توقظ يداه الكبيرتان بشرتي.......

الموسيقي ريح تحمل معها السنين والذكريات والخوف. الخوف..هذا الحيوان القابع في أعماقي. مع قرع الطبول تختفي زاريتيه اليومية وأعود تلك الطفلة التي كانت ترقص حين لم أكن قد تعلمت المشي بعد. أضرب الأرض بباطن قدمي فتصعد الحياة عبر ساقي. وتجوب هيكلي العظمي. تهيمن
يمكننا النظر إلى الماضي ورواية أحداث الأيام التي عشناها معا، وحساب الأحزان والأفراح؛ هكذا يُصنَع الحب، دون تسرُّع، ويوما فيوما.

لو حذفنا آخر ٤٠ صفحة من الرواية كنت قيمتها بـ ٤ نجوم، لكن كالعادة تأتي حصاة صغيرة فتهد الجبل. ففضلت تركها بدون تقييم.

معرفش أنهو شيطان بيسيطر على الروائيين فيخرّبوا أعمالهم الجميلة بإيديهم في نهايتها! وكان لزومه إية إضافة زنا المحارم للرواية! يعني لازم العمل الجميل دا نلطخه بشيء بشع وقذر زي دا؟ خسارة فعلا.
طاهر الزهراني
الجزيرة تحت البحر لإيزابيل الليندي هي الدليل والبرهان لإجادة المرأة للسرد الملحمي وحجة دامغة في وجه من ينفي الإبداع عن المرأة
العمل ساحر إلى درجة العيش، التفاصيل تجعلك تذوق وتسمع وتشم وتحس وتشاهد، الذي يريد أن يعرف القدرة السرديةالإبداعية لدى إيزابيل الليندي فليقرأ هذا الرواية
Ninoska Goris
Es la historia de la esclava Zarité.

Pudo ser muy bueno, pero no me gustó la forma de escribir de Allende en este libro.
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Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean-American novelist. Allende, who writes in the "magic realism" tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America. She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together. She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at s ...more
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