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[[ Download E-pub ]] Û Largo pétalo de mar ⛓ 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 HomeIn The Late S, Civil War Gripped Spain When General Franco And His Fascists Succeed In Overthrowing The Government, Hundreds Of Thousands Are Forced To Flee In A Treacherous Journey Over The Mountains To The French Border Among Them Is Roser, A Pregnant Young Widow, Who Finds Her Life Irreversibly Intertwined With That Of Victor Dalmau, An Army Doctor And The Brother Of Her Deceased Love In Order To Survive, The Two Must Unite In A Marriage Neither Of Them Wants, And Together Are Sponsored By Poet Pablo Neruda To Embark On The SS Winnipeg Along With , Other Refugees In Search Of A New Life As Unlikely Partners, They Embrace Exile And Emigrate To Chile As The Rest Of Europe Erupts In World WarStarting Over On A New Continent, Their Trials Are Just Beginning Over The Course Of Their Lives, They Will Face Test After Test But They Will Also Find Joy As They Wait Patiently For A Day When They Are Exiles No , And Will Find Friends In The Most Unlikely Of Places Through It All, It Is That Hope Of Being Reunited With Their Home That Keeps Them Going And In The End, They Will Find That Home Might Have Been Closer Than They Thought All Along 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 between the characters I am disappointed, and frustrated, because when Allende remembers to pay attention to the story she is telling, and to the characters she s introduced, the writing can be luminous and poetic, but there is too little of that to satisfy the reader looking to dive into the events through the eyes and lives of these characters. 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 a historical fiction novel with no elements of magical realism , a family saga spanning from 1936 to 1994 Based on the true events of the ship Winnipeg which carried over 2,000 Spanish refugees from France to Chile in 1939 organised by the poet Pablo Neruda, the story follows the lives of a young doctor Victor Dalmau and his wife Roser While the story is fictional, the book provides a realistic account of the Spanish Civil War, the political situation in Chile during WWII and after While I enjoyed learning about the historic events depicted in the novel, the story itself can lack excitement at times as some of the plot events are described than once and felt a bit repetitive 3.5 stars Many thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing for my review opy in exchange for an honest review. Instagram Twitter Facebook PinterestI 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 form, and those who do not follow his tyrannical ways suffer or disappear Roser and Victor are a young couple who end up fleeing as refugees to Chile Their marriage is one of convenience so they can both be sponsored by Pablo Neruda to contribute to Chile s economy in new positions as a musician and a doctor.One of the things I liked best about this book is that it s like one of those epics from the 1970s and 80s it follows Roser and Victor throughout their entire lives Roser s history is especially interesting, as she came from nothing, and was adopted by a rich old man, only to fall in love with a soldier who died before they could be officially married, leaving her as a single mother When she marries Victor, her brother in law, they aren t attracted to each other at all He only marries her to be a father to her son, Marcel, and help get her into Chile as his wife.Victor is definitely a kind man, although he makes mistakes one of which is having an affair with the daughter of a wealthy landowner, Ofelia It s not really cheating since their relationship the one he has with Roser is open, and both of them plan to get divorced eventually, once they go back to Spain Their platonic relationship actually gives them a really strong bond, though, and eventually, after so many years of companionship and shared experiences, Victor begins to fall for her for real.The end of the book is a little sad and bittersweet, but not for the reasons you might think A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA is a very timely book, because it shows how immigrants and refugees can contribute and add to a country s culture and economy, as well as the inevitability of our mortal ends, and the importance of having a life well lived, surrounded by family It s definitely a much better book than THE FOUNTAINS OF SILENCE, another book about fascist Spain that definitely skates over the oppression In A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA, you feel the stakes and they are weighty.I m not giving this a higher rating because it could be boring at times Allende does a lot of recounting, telling and less showing It gives it an almost fairy tale quality at times, but at other times this matter of fact play by play of every character s actions was hard to pay attention to, and I occasionally caught my mind drifting while I was attempting to read I did like the story, and the characters, and again not to hate on Ruta Sepetys, but I d take Isabel Allende over Ruta Sepetys any day, and if you re going to read a book about fascist Spain, this is the one you should pick Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review 3 to 3.5 stars 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 feeling.