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A Long Petal of the Sea
A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel | Isabel Allende
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home. In the late 1930s, civil war grips 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 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 desires. Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: the long petal of sea and wine and snow. As unlikely partners, they embrace exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives, they will face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along. A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.
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ChaoticMissAdventures
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If nothing else pick this one up for the history. I learned so much about people like Pablo Neruda and Elizabeth Eidenbenz, Allende's own Godfather is in this - I had no idea he was once a Chilean president that the US government helped overthrow.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I do not have any Chilean history knowledge. And am facinated to learn how much Pablo Neruda had to do with helping so many Spaniards who were displaced by the terror of Franco.
This book is interesting, easily read, and explores a history not many talk about.

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ChaoticMissAdventures
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I have always thought the Franco war is one that authors do not explore as much as they should.

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jillrhudy
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This epic novel demonstrates beautifully how, in an unstable and often cruel world, refugees and immigrants can find home in the hearts of one another, even when shelters, possessions, freedoms, and countries are lost. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #ARC from Ballantine in exchange for an honest review. Drops in English in January. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/23264842/reviews/174567572

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jillrhudy

Imagine if Margaret Atwood took 2,200 war refugees from the ICE camps at the U.S. border and flew them to Canada, hand-picking them for their ideas and gifts. She would change Canada forever, right? That‘s what the poet Pablo Neruda did to Chile in 1939, bringing Spanish refugees from France, and that‘s what Isabel Allende‘s next book is about. As historical fiction, it feels like Dr. Zhivago. #arc #netgalley #immigration #epic