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Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel (P.S.) (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Isabel Allende

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Title:Island Beneath the Sea: A Novel (P.S.)
Authors:Isabel Allende
Info:Harper Perennial (2011), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 480 pages
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Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende (2009)

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Very disappointed! It was like sitting through a boring history lesson. The lack of depth to the characters seemed so unlike what I expect in a novel by Allende, and overall it felt pedantic. ( )
  hemlokgang | Jan 28, 2014 |
A great story on the history of slavery on the plantations in Haiti and in the Louisiana Territory in the late 18th century by one of my favorite authors. ( )
  Joanne53 | Nov 24, 2013 |
The setting of the sugar plantations in early Haiti became very real as did early New Orleans. I felt the characters were honestly drawn and believable. Obviously the author has done her research on the historical events of the time. My only complaint was that there were a few too many times when coincidence played too large a part. What are the chances of meeting up with "long lost" lovers, sons, daughters after many years and many miles. However, that did not take away from an engrossing read. Another good read from Allende. ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 17, 2013 |
Interesting story of the slaves of Haiti and New Orleans. The main character, Zarité, had and incredible journey. We follow her family and her Maitre over a 50 year span. ( )
  janismack | Aug 13, 2013 |
A vivid portrayal of life in Haiti and New Orleans during the late 1700's. One of the principal characters is Zarite--a mulatto slave who becomes the "property" of Toulouse Valmorain--a Frenchman who travels to Haiti to take charge of the family's plantation. Revolutions, uprisings, illnesses, and religious beliefs all shape the story Zarite (or Tete as she is called) struggles to gain the freedom to pursue her own happiness in a world where all the cards are stacked against her, while her master struggles to gain financial wealth and an heir to pass it onto. Whether it is voodoo, God, or Karma the characters will "reap what they sow" in the end. What made this story resonate with me were the vivid descriptions of the traditional African beliefs (their so called "voodoo") which were not only portrayed in action but also in the thoughts and deeds of the characters. It also illustrated the far reaching effects of the French Revolution and the philosophies about the freedom of all men that were circulating the globe at that time. For those who enjoy history and books with vivid characters and descriptions this would be a great choice. ( )
  debs4jc | Jul 17, 2013 |
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Margaret Sayers PedenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Born 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 the voodoo loa she discovers through her fellow slaves.

When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it’s with powdered wigs in his trunks and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his father’s plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. Although Valmorain purchases young Tété for his bride, it is he who will become dependent on the services of his teenaged slave.

Against the merciless backdrop of sugarcane fields, the lives of Tété and Valmorain grow ever more intertwined. When the bloody revolution of Toussaint Louverture arrives at the gates of Saint Lazare, they flee the brutal conditions of the French colony, soon to become Haiti, for the raucous, free-wheeling enterprise of New Orleans. There Tété finally forges a new life, but her connection to Valmorain is deeper than anyone knows and not easily severed. With an impressive richness of detail, and a narrative wit and brio second to none, Allende crafts the riveting story of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been so battered, and to forge a new identity in the cruelest of circumstances.

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"The story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny in a society where that would seem impossible"--Provided by publisher.

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