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A Long Petal of the Sea Epub ↠ Petal of  PDF/EPUB 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 Years later, Neruda was to define it as a long petal of sea and wine and snow with a belt of black and white foamVictor Dalmau is an army doctor during the Spanish Civil war In it s aftermath he, his very pregnant and widowed sister in law, Roser, and hundreds of others are forced to flee over the mountains to France But the unrest in Europe has only begun, another World War is breaking out and Victor and Roser need to leave And the only way is on Pablo Naruda s ship, the SS WinnipegYears later, Neruda was to define it as a long petal of sea and wine and snow with a belt of black and white foamVictor Dalmau is an army doctor during the Spanish Civil war In it s aftermath he, his very pregnant and widowed sister in law, Roser, and hundreds of others are forced to flee over the mountains to France But the unrest in Europe has only begun, another World War is breaking out and Victor and Roser need to leave And the only way is on Pablo Naruda s ship, the SS Winnipeg In order for both to gain passage, they need to marry Exiles, Victor and Roser emigrate to Chile where they hope to find a better life for themselves and to wait for the day they are able to return home Together they slowly build a new life But as is a normal part of life, they face challenge after challenge.This book follows the Dalmau and the Del Solar families through the years, through lies, loves and betrayals So much hatred, so much crueltyI don t understand, said Victor His mouth was dry and the words stuck in his throat We can all turn into savages if we re given a rifle and an order, said another prisoner who had come over to them 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 keep up with everything in the beginning The first 50 pages were a bit hard for me to get through but once the plot started moving forward, I got used to her writing style and I became hooked None of the characters were perfect, they all had their own flaws, made bad choices But ultimately that s what made them so incredibly realistic A lot of this book was based on real events Even some of the characters that our MC interacts with were real people Like Pablo Naruda and Salvador Allende You could really tell how much research the author did and that she drew from her own experiences as an exile So many things about this story was a new experience for me From reading about the civil war and the Chile setting What I really loved was how we follow the characters through out their life until old age I thought that was really brilliant I don t have much experience reading about characters in their old age It seems most authors seem to avoid this period of life and I thought Allende did a beautiful job The only reason I didn t give this 5 stars is because of how long it took me to get into the story at the beginning but I found the second half especially the last quarter of the book to be so gripping and beautiful and by that time I didn t want the story to end I finished this with a smile on my face and tears in my eyesThank you to the publishers for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest reviewThoughts on the audiobook I alternated between reading the book and listening to the audio version The narrator was really good His pacing was great and he did every accent exceptionally as well as the words in Spanish or French I enjoyed a number of Allende s earlier books, but a few of therecent 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 saga with richly defined characters deeply connected to their family, their culture, their country, their lives shaped by the political landscape There were times when I felt a bit bogged down by the po I enjoyed a number of Allende s earlier books, but a few of therecent 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 saga with richly defined characters deeply connected to their family, their culture, their country, their lives shaped by the political landscape There were times when I felt a bit bogged down by the political details later in the book, even though it is the political events which drive the story Having said that, she does a wonderful job of depicting the effects of the Spanish Civil War, the ravages of that war and I learned things that I never knew about that war , about concentration camps there and about a ship carrying refugees to Chile Victor and Roser Dalmau, who leave their home at the brink of WWII, after much hardship, loss and suffering arrive in Chile and it becomes their home for many years They have married out of the need to survive, out of family loyalty, out of love for her son and his nephew and they stay together for many years out of love The story of their relationship, who they are as individuals, and who they become together is the heart of the story, but the soul of this family saga is what Allende herself knows and experienced in the Chile where she was raised The story was evenpoignant after reading Allende s Acknowledgements at the end of the book, where she says This is a novel, but the events and historical individuals are real The characters are fictional, inspired by people I ve known I have had to imagine very little I received an advanced copy of this book from Ballantine through NetGalley 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 nonfiction I ve met Isabel Allende three timesI admire Isabel Allende s exceptional storytelling skills while educating me about history people, places, and dates This global humanitarian feisty 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 nonfiction I ve met Isabel Allende three timesI admire Isabel Allende s exceptional storytelling skills while educating me about history people, places, and dates This global humanitarian feisty strong as bull woman took my breath away in A Long Petal of the Sea.I m one of her fans who has enjoyed all of her books different topics and styles..from her early daysto a pause grief from her daughter s Paula s death , to two very special non fiction books Paula and The Sum of Our Days to books she has written inrecent yearsto our present day Jan 2020 I like reading what Isabel Allende writes period That said this is my favorite fiction book of the many other wonderful novels she s written I took twice as long to read it than was necessaryI have pages of notes I did it for my own educational study I had no agreement to write a review I paid for the book myself took notes for myself Looked up information to fill in holes on Google I m happy to share with others have discussions but I didn t feel an ounce of obligation in reading learning and enjoying it There are a fewdetails I d like to say in this review have some fun sharingtidbits..I m too tired to do it nowbut I ll return Nobody has to read my updated review later I want to writefor my own memory pleasure completion , but thank you ahead of time, for those who do readof my chatter I m grateful having learned as much as I did I studied it poured my entire soul into this novel looking up names information wanting to explore specific detailsit took a lot of extra time to read this book the way I didAnd.I had a darn great time doing it I ll be back in a day or two for part II of this review.I m BACK From war torn Spain to Chileincredible history teachings, dramatic storytelling, epic in scope, spans decades , love and survival General Francisco Franco ruled over Spain from 1939 to 1975 During his rule Franco assumed the title Caudillo powerful political leader.His dictatorship changed over time people feared his brutal repression Much of the civilian population were escaping to the French borders by any means possible, escaping Franco s dictatorship Victor Dalmau, a young paramedic for three years during the Spanish Civil War in Spain from 1936 1939 along with other doctors transported the wounded from the hospital and trains, ambulances, and trucks They had to make so many quick harrowing decisions to leave the most seriously wounded behind, since they were bound to die of the journey Crammed into cattle trucks or battered vehicles, lying on the floor, freezing cold, constantly jolted, with no food, combatants who had just been operated on, or the wounded, blind, had amputated limbs, or were delirious from fever, typhus, dysentery, or gangrene, made their way out of Barcelona.The medical staff had nothing with which to relieve their suffering, and could offer only water, words of comfort, and sometimes, if a dying man asked for it, a final prayer Victor had seen dreadful wounds, assisted at amputations without anesthetics, helpedthan one unfortunate youngster die, and thought he had developed the hide of a crocodile and yet the tragic journey in the wagons he was in charge of destroyed his spirit France was watching in horror as the border became jammed with a crush of people that the authorities managed to keep barely in check by employing armed soldiers and the fearsome colonial troops from Senegal and Algeria, with their turbines, rifles, s and whips The whole country was overwhelmed by this massiveinflux of undesirables, as they were officially called Undesirables is what the French government called the refugees coming into their borders Women, children, soldiers, totally exhausted from anger and fatigued marched across the border into France in a country that didn t want them singing with their fists raised After arriving in France, tens of thousands of Spanish refugees were taken to the camp of Argeles sur Mer fenced off on the beach Senegalese and armed police guarded the fenced off camp Roser Bruguera, was very pregnant, bearing Guillem Dalmau s child.She was strong She knew could deal with whatever was thrown at her for the sake of her child and meeting Guillem again,but.she didn t know that Guillem had died It was maddening to know that the French government left the refugees out in the open day and night exposed to the cold and rain Hygiene was nonexistent They had no latrines or drinkable water Women gathered and tight groups to defend themselves against sexual aggression of the guards Between 30 and 40 people died every day, first of children from dysentery, then the elderly from pneumonia.One woman woke up one morning to find her dead five month old daughter after the temperature had fallen below freezing Later that night, the grieving mother went out to the waters edge and waited out into the sea until she disappeared She was not the only one Many years later the exact statistics became known Almost 15,000 people died in those French camps, from hunger, starvation, mistreatment, and illnesses, Nine out of every ten children perished.Elizabeth Eidenbenz a real historical figure in Isabell Allende s book.was a teacher and a nurse.She saved approximately 600 children who were mostly the children of Spanish Republicans, jewish refugees and gypsies fleeing the Nazi invasion Camp commanders in France were trying to get rid of the refugees They were trying to force them back to Spain Elizabeth Eidenbenz was determined to set up a proper maternity home in an abandoned mansion in Elne in the Country of Roussillon, France Anyone who was able to find a sponsor or a job we re allowed to go free So Elizabeth took Roser who was still very pregnant , with her.They arrived at Perpignan first where a house was being used as a maternity unit There were eight young women, pregnant, and others with newborn babies in their arms.A little relief.a place to give birth, a baby boy named Marcel , a little replenishing..but not much time to rest.Eventually, Victor and Roser escape together, with the help from Pablo Neruda Victor says he will marry Roser.take care of her and be the father to baby Marcel a complete marriage agreement arrangement.Victor doesn t expect Roser to do the duty a sexless marriage in other words But loveless No.I wouldn t say loveless.Pablo Neruda, famous poet , arranged and organized the transport of refugees of the war to Chile Two thousand people traveled on The Winnipeg to Chile LEARNING ABOUT PABLO NERUDA.was a highlight for me Pablo Neruda thirty four was considered the best poet of his generation.Neruda had been passionate for Spain but he loathed Fascism and was so concerned about the fate of the defeated Republicans that he had managed to convince the new Chilean president to allow a certain number to come into Chile in defiance of the right wing parties and Catholic Church The second part of this novel portrays the political, and social divisions among the Chileans We meet the upper class Solar Family Isidro, del Solar, his wife, Laura, and their 19 year old daughter, Ofelia Beautiful and flirtatious , were all together There were six del Solar children in all The year was 1939 The Reina Del Pacifico was the fastest motor liner of its time, which offered movies, theater, music, circuses, and ventriloquists , left the Chilean port of Valparaiso at the start of May, to dock in Liverpool twenty seven days later There were 162 passengers in second class, and 446 in third of several different languages being spoken Isidro, Laura, and Ofelia were on the boat too.There was an orchestra and a female String Quartet on the ship and a Captain s dinner foie gras, caviar, Champagne, and desserts , gathering one evening I had my first laugh, when Laura groaned as she struggled into her girdle I ve never worn a girdle in my life I value breathing LolBut I know what it feels like to feel yucky from putting on weight Laura tried to get out of that dinner, as she obviously didn t feel great about herself but her husband, Isidro, wanted her to make an effort, for him for his business connections.I laughed as the couple argued about basic personal things Laura worried about not being able to fit in her dress.Isidro told her she always looked pretty just wear something else A horrific war was going on.and Laura worried about beauty I found it amazing that such little things, clothes, jewelry, body image , still what mattered to a persons self esteem.Laura was aware of her privileged good fortune at being born into the Vizcarra family, of marrying Isidro del Solar She knew she had been protected and waited on She also gave birth to six children without ever having changed a diaper or prepares a bottle Juana Nancucheo was in charge of all of the childcare she s supervised the wet nurses and servants Juana was a wonderful memorable character to me Juana Nancucheo mixed criollo and Mapuchehad been in charge of the del Solar household She supervised three maids, cook, laundress, Gardner, etc Felipe taught Juana to read, write and do sumswhich created a close bond Juana covered up any mischief he got into Later he helped her invest her savings in shares of stock exchange Felipe had such a gentle character that people took advantage of him His dad, Isidro, didn t appreciate his son s charitable impulses The worse earthquake which left twenty thousand dead and whole towns flattened , to hit Chile 1960 coincided with the exodus of people from Catalonia toward the border of France.The Spanish Civil War left hundreds and thousands dead, wounded, or refugees by comparison was a far greater tragedy TONS TONS TONSI could say for this masterpiece achievement.But I ll end with words from Pablo Neruda Let s keep anger, pain, and tears,Let s fill the desolate voidAnd may the nightly bonfire recallThe light at the deceased stars Pablo Neruda Jose Miguel Carrera,1810 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 before their son is born His brother Victor marries her to give the boy a father and to help her get to Chile with him You see, people are fleeing Spain and Roser and Victor can get on a boat sailing to 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 before their son is born His brother Victor marries her to give the boy a father and to help her get to Chile with him You see, people are fleeing Spain and Roser and Victor can get on a boat sailing to Chile He is a doctor and she is a musician They can contribute to their new country and make a life for themselves there Their book follows their life together, how they grow individually and together How they share a deep bond and how they survive through their travels.There are many themes here and this book is based on historical facts, but it just failed to grab me It is slow moving and that is part of the issue It is a slow burn and normally I don t mind that but, in this case, it didn t work for me I don t know if it was my mood at the time or my inability to connect with her story telling This is one of those books that I can say, I enjoyed but it won t stay with me for long Again, this took me by surprise as I normally have thoroughly enjoyed all her books I encourage readers to read all reviews are decide for yourselves.Thank you to Random House Publishing House Publishing Group Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

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