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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 Sepia Zorro reveal a writer rooted deeply in the past and enad of rich complex colorful narratives In Island Beneath The Sea Allende wraps her considerable skill around the sugar plantations of Saint Domingue an island in the Caribbean She opens the story in 1770 with the arrival of Toulouse Valmorain a young minor noble who is charged with resurrecting the plantation his dying father has left to rot Paralleling the third person narrative of Valmorain s misadventures the death of Saint Domingue and the birth of the first black republic Haiti is the first person stream of Zarit a slave We witness the horrors of slavery from a position removed seeing all angles as plantation owners fight to hold onto their wealth and slaves fall by the thousands We are also invited into the heart of woman who fights for her soul despite the inhumanity that touches every aspect of her life The action is brutal and graphic Allende spares no detail in describing the incomprehensible cruelty suffered by slaves We read scene after scene of torture from a sea voyage in chains from Africa to the Caribbean survived by those who escape being fed to sharks or wasting away from starvation or disease to the living hell of sugarcane fields where the slaves are worked literally to death It would seem that the author intended to give the greatest weight to the story of Zarit Even the book s synopsis asserts that this story is about a mulatta woman determined to take control of her own destiny But the initial focus of Island Beneath The Sea is the political and sociological conditions of Saint Domingue which lead to a slave revolution and the fight for an independent black nation Zarit s voice seems like a whisper an impression reinforced by the italics used for the chapters of her narrative Allende excels at creating strong female characters and there are many in this story the gorgeous concubine Violette the shrieking harridan Hortense the formidable healer Tante Rose But Zarit s story is cast in the shadow of Haiti s violent birth and the wretched immorality of the colonials Then the story moves from the newly formed island nation to Louisiana and the center of French culture in the New World New Orleans It is here that the story shifts from historical epic to Gothic drama The families transplanted from the Caribbean struggle to find new places in a society where the rules change with its citizens fortunes The shift is frustrating we leave behind themes of freedom and political determination and are dropped instead into several different romantic subplots Even as I was entertained I felt intellectually cheated by the discarding of so vital a story It is impossible not to be swept away by Allende s vivid detail and breathtaking scope of history in fact so much scene setting and character description can steam roll the reader The first half is entrancing the second half is entertaining Although Allende s story isn t always convincing her passion is 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 perils of being a free person in New Orleans during a time of slavery The descriptions of history and the conditions depicted in the book of Haiti are done very well It s clear that a lot of effort and research went into the first half of the book Then I think Allende got tired of the futility and hopelessness of the story for her protagonist heroine Te Te Allende seems to be at heart a romantic and the setting in Haiti was far too grim Even with the in my view odd love story with fellow slave Gambo she couldn t lighten the load to add that air of romance So fast forward to New Orleans Valmorain finds love with an awful woman his ust desserts and Tete finds freedom and love with a free negro Huzzah Everyone s happy right Well as I mentioned it s a soap opera about slavery Inevitably view spoilerthe all white son of Valmorain Maurice can only find true love with his half sister by rape Rosette between Valmorain and Tete Such a union cannot be allowed to prosper in literature so Rosette succumbs to death in childbirth and Maurice abandons the child to Tete to raise as her own Valmorain has a debilitating stroke and his wife hates him and his son disowns him See Happy endings hide spoile. L conflagração ue acabaria por arrasar a sua terra e atirá los para longe dela uando foi levada pelo seu amo para Nova Orleães Zarité iniciou uma nova etapa onde alcançaria a sua maior aspiração a liberdade Para lá da dor e do amor da submissão e da independência dos seus desejos e os ue lhe tinham imposto ao longo da sua vida Zarité podia contemplá la com serenidade e concluir ue tinha tido uma boa estrel.

Istory from the few details I have been exposed to This was one of the first revolutions by a European colony and the only successful slave revolt It followed not too long after the American Revolution and overlapped the French Revolution As much as abolition of slavery fit in with the call for human euality the slaughter of whites was too brutal to countenance and the economic threat to colonial imperialism was too much for any European nation to recognize the nascent republic The plantation owners were royalists so military support for their cause was compromised leading them as well as the revolutionaries to seek military support alternatingly from Britain and from Spain which retained the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola now the Dominican Repbublic With the rise of Napoleon the abolition of slavery and rights of free blacks was initially supported but that didn t last long Military forces placed there were subject to rates of death from diseases like yellow fever perhaps as high as 50% Eventually Napoleon s need to concentrate on his ambitions in Europe led him to give up on Haiti as well as to sell French continental holdings to the US as the Louisiana PurchaseI admire Allende for trying to bring these momentous events for Haiti to life though her characters Zarit is an engaging character and moved me with her courage and heart wrenching experiences But the events of the revolution remained confusing from her individual s perspective and the play of the lives of the many other characters was a bit too melodramatic to rise much above their serving as representatives in a diorama Thus the book was closer to 35 starsUnlike the American Revolution the birth of the Haitian republic is a painful reminder of such a long period of dashed hopes The debt of reparations to France prevented Haiti s economy from ever growing into a healthy one Tragically the republic came under a series of black dictators and many decades of interventions by US and European forces and by large corporations I Last visited Haiti through Kidder s wonderful account of the public health work by Paul Farmer Mountains Beyond Mountains Since that time the Haitian people have been devastated by major hurricanes in 2004 and 2008 and by a massive earthuake in 2010 We must resist the impulse to mentally give up on its beleaguered people the poorest in the western hemisphere and try to shut it out of one s mind Kidder s book can help you appreciate how wrong that is and how much hope there is for these wonderful people and their beautiful country This read from Allende reveals how long ago that hope was launched The Real Code NoirMy 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 unior officer was ass 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 ust 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 to Unfortunately in this book those portraits are all dark and grim and echoing with suffering Plus everything smells bad if the narrative is to be believed I m not a fan of fluffy feel good literature ALL the time but eepers could we have some BALANCE If you re going to write nearly 500 pages on the Revolution in Haiti that sprang out of the French Revolution a spark or two of hope and maybe even happiness might not be amiss in keeping the audience s attention Plodding onward in the interest of finishing what I started Whether this ever moves from my currently reading shelf to my read shelf remains to be seenEdited to add I finished it The last 14 of the book was better than anything that came before and since it redeemed itself I m bumping it up a star Still nothing I d recommend though It was historically informative but so dark and and CLAMMY feeling that I was left feeling as though I needed to scrape it off my skin And I m not a literature professor so I m allowed to feel repugnance for books like this So there 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. Tualidade ue ajudavam os seus os escravos a sobreviver e a conhecer as misérias dos amos os brancos Zarité converteu se no centro de um microcosmos ue era um reflexo do mundo da colónia o amo Valmorain a sua frágil esposa espanhola e o seu sensível filho Maurice o sábio Parmentier o militar Relais e a cortesã mulata Violette Tante Rose a curandeira Gambo o galante escravo rebelde e outras personagens de uma crue.

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 I wanted to know what happens to Tete and Zacharie and Maurice and their families as the years pass and I wanted to see a certain haughty bitch get her comeuppance But a good storyteller knows when to stop and this is the best Allende novel I ve read so far It will be on my Best of 2010 list no uestion A special thank you to Margaret Sayers Peden for making Ms Allende s novels available to us in English Good translation work deserves recognition 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 Purch 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 delightIt had been years since someone had read to me and I had uite 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 have had in a long time Island Beneath the Sea is an exciting story and as usual has a strong female character Notably Allende advised when asked about her female characters from a member of the audience that she did not know any women who were not strong Who can t love an author that thinks that wayI also want to congratulate the Atlanta History Center for doing a good ob of making the reading and signing a pleasurable experience for those attending I plan to attend events there in the future The parking was good the grounds are beautiful the auditorium was comfortable and the open bar was a nice touchI have never read a book by Isabel Allende but had fully intended to for some years Now that I have a copy of her new book I will bump it up the to read list This is 199 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 TERRIFICsave your pennies for it Or get your name on the waitlist at the library Older tiny comment I Sequins and Spurs just bought this book yesterday It looks fantastic I LOVE Isabel Allende I like her fiction and non fiction booksI m also so excitedshe will be speaking at a darling book store in Mt View tonight I hope I get a front row seat elyseThis book is EXCELLENT The best book I have read all year I personally saved this book for my last review of 2019 I love the author and I totally loved this book It took me two years to finish this book Sometimes you read a book and then sometimes you read a story that is near and dear to your heart and this was the story for me This story is about so much than power and slavery It s about the pain sorrow dedication and determination of a young black girl to a strong black w 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 Zarit 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 the slave revolt comes her love of this son keeps her fromoining in and she makes the sacrifice of helping Valmorin and the child escape the pillaging of the plantation The plot gets a bit disjointed when they move to the New Orleans area to start a new plantation and Zarit thrives on the hope of gaining her promised freedom and reconnecting with a son that tragically was given to another familyAll the horrors of slavery are covered through details of life on the plantation The baroue caste system of the island s society is portrayed through a panoply of characters among its small white ruling class and larger populations mixed race and free blacks Among these are a French doctor a priest a voodoo priestess and herbalist a mulatto courtesan and a nightclub manager Slaves outnumber the free population ten to one continually imported from Africa to make up for those worked to death Eventually enough runaways hiding out in the rough country gain enough leadership to fight back It has been hard for me to digest Haiti s Para uem era uma escrava na Saint Domingue dos finais do século XVIII Zarité tinha tido uma boa estrela aos nove anos foi vendida a Toulouse Valmorain um rico fazendeiro mas não conheceu nem o esgotamento das plantações de cana nem a asfixia e o sofrimento dos moinhos porue foi sempre uma escrava doméstica A sua bondade natural força de espírito e noção de honra permitiram lhe partilhar os segredos e a espiri.

Free read La isla bajo el mar AUTHOR Isabel Allende –

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