1939. Alla fine della Guerra civile spagnola, il giovane medico Víctor Dalmau e un'amica di famiglia, la pianista Roser Bruguera, sono costretti, come altre migliaia di spagnoli, a scappare da Barcellona. Attraversati i Pirenei, a Bordeaux, fingendosi sposati, riescono a imbarcarsi a bordo del Winnipeg, il piroscafo preso a noleggio da Pablo Neruda per portare più di duemila profughi spagnoli in Cile - il "lungo petalo di mare e neve", nelle parole dello stesso poeta -, in cerca di quella pace che non è stata concessa loro in patria. Lì hanno la fortuna di essere accolti con generosa benevolenza e riescono presto a integrarsi, a riprendere in mano le loro vite e a sentirsi parte del destino del paese, solo però fino al golpe che nel 1973 fa cadere il presidente Salvador Allende. E allora, ancora una volta, si ritroveranno in esilio, questa volta in Venezuela, ma, come scrive l'autrice, "se si vive abbastanza, i cerchi si chiudono".
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I enjoyed a number of Allende’s earlier books, but a few of the more recent ones have not been quite as satisfying. Yet, I could not resist the opportunity to read this one because I was looking for the Allende of those earlier novels and I found her . It felt like Allende at her best - a family sag Leggi tutto
“One of the most richly imagined portrayals of the Spanish Civil War to date, and one of the strongest and affecting works in [Isabelle Allende’s] long career” — —The New York Times book review. AGREE!!!!!! I’ve read 15 books by this powerhouse pint-size extraordinary author.... both fiction, and nonf Leggi tutto
Con este libro me reconcilio con Isabel Allende después de años de no poder terminar sus libros. Esta historia tiene grandes aciertos y son los personajes femeninos, el mejor, Roser. Una historia de amor, exilio, reconciliación, adaptación y perdón. Un libro muy bonito.
I really struggled with this book and was shocked as I really enjoy Allende's work. Ines of My Soul being my favorite of her books. I enjoyed the beginning, Roser comes from nothing and is adopted by a wealthy man and she has a gift for the piano. She falls in love with a young soldier who dies befo Leggi tutto
It is January and that means the winter doldrums. I am afflicted with seasonal affective disorder each winter and combat it with a jolt of vitamin d and an annual trip to Florida. A week in the sun under the palm trees usually does the trick until I return to the winter gloom. There have been years
Isabel Allende is one of my favourite authors and I have read a lot of her books over the years. This one is a real epic in every sense of the word and I read with fascination, admiration and at times horror at what humans inflict on fellow humans. The central characters are Victor Dalmau and Roser
Allende can romanticize the simple things Just as she does with this title to describe where Chile snuggles into South America and the Pacific Ocean. Her descriptions are so vivid you can smell the ocean; see the vibrant colours; hear the voices of country. A story of the Spanish war that leads to a m Leggi tutto
4.5 So very glad that Allende has returned to form. I had trouble with her last few books, though her earlier novels were outstanding. Historicals are definitely her forte as this book about demonstrated. This is the story of Victor and Roser who get together under tragic circumstances. It is also a Leggi tutto
‘Years later, Neruda was to define it as a long petal of sea and wine and snow…with a belt of black and white foam...’ Keep in mind that this was my first adult book my Allende that I've read (I read her YA books as a teen). I didn't know anything about the Spanish Civil war and I struggled to ke Leggi tutto
Thank you, Random House and Ballantine Books, for the gifted copy. Isabel Allende has long been one of my favorite storytellers, ever since I read The House of the Spirits/La Casa de los Espiritus in Spanish while in college. I was lost in A Long Petal of the Sea. So much so, I slowly savored readin Leggi tutto
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