A Long Petal of the Sea

A Long Petal of the Sea

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 04/03/2021
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That September 2, 1939, the day of the Spanish exiles' splendid arrival in Chile, the Second World War broke out in Europe.

Victor Dalmau is a young doctor when he is caught up in the Spanish Civil War, a tragedy that leaves his life - and the fate of his country - forever changed. Together with his sister-in-law, the pianist Roser Bruguera, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile. When opportunity to seek refuge in Chile arises, they take it, boarding a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow' over the seas.

There, they find themselves enmeshed in a rich web of characters who come together in love and tragedy over the course of four generations, destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world.

A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • ISBN: 9781526615947
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Weight: 237g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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A Long Petal of the Sea
A history lesson
I am not entirely sure that Isabel Allende’s latest book, A Long Petal of the Sea, should be categorised as a novel. Although it has a cast of many charact... READ MORE
Alison Davis
A Long Petal of the Sea
My first, and not my last, Isabel Allende book!
A Long Petal of the Sea is my first foray into the books of Isabel Allende, and after reading this, it most certainly wont be my last. This is the sweepin... READ MORE
Clare R
A Long Petal of the Sea
I love Isabel Allende's books-she is such a wonderful storyteller ,and the story moves along here at a fast pace.It starts off during the Spanish Civil War... READ MORE
Evelyn  Love-Gajardo
A Long Petal of the Sea
Emotional read
As usual, a beautifully written book by the talented Isabel Allende. Her descriptions are amazing and the story compelling. An intense book about Spanish ... READ MORE
A Long Petal of the Sea
Sweeping epic
An interesting sweeping epic, covering events during the Spanish Civil War and then, for the two central characters, emigration to Chile. The historical as... READ MORE
Alan M
A Long Petal of the Sea
I have tried to read this several times but just could not get into it. I found it very tedious, possibly because of the translation, but also because I wa... READ MORE
Annette Forrest
A Long Petal of the Sea
An eye-opening novel based on real history
With such attention to detail, this book is an eye opener on the Spanish Civil War. I have learnt so much about a war which has been relatively overshadowe... READ MORE
Katrina  Oliver
A Long Petal of the Sea
An epic story
I read this book through my Book Club. This is not my usual genre of book, and I did find it a bit heavy going at first. However, I persevered and it wasn... READ MORE
Joan Moir
A Long Petal of the Sea
A soaring epic tale
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 r... READ MORE
Celia Short
A Long Petal of the Sea
The writing is immaculate
This is a beautifully written book which I very much enjoyed reading. This journey takes us from the Spanish Civil war, through France and on to Chile. The... READ MORE
tess lock
A Long Petal of the Sea
Brilliant writing. A wonderful story of human integrity, love and survival. Uplifting.
Five stars! Why? Because Isabel Allende, in "The Long Petal of the Sea", blends brilliant writing with a wonderful story of human integrity, love and survi... READ MORE
Nigel Masterton
A Long Petal of the Sea
more absorbing the further I read
slow reading as small print to make a long book manageable in size which succeeded as lovely to pick up and read. Beautiful tactile cover makes you want t... READ MORE
Dilys Gartside
A Long Petal of the Sea
Epic story of life family and immigration
Never having read any of Isabel Allende’s books I was not sure what to expect . I love this it has a lovely lyrical writing style and is packed full of cha... READ MORE
A Long Petal of the Sea
A stark reality of human resilience
Once quickly immersed in this powerful and stimulating novel, I eagerly sought to learn what was to follow. My interest, and the way that the writer contin... READ MORE
A Long Petal of the Sea
Powerful exploration of displacement
This is a beautifully written and evocative story that is handled by a master story teller. The challenges of intimacy and displacement and the powerful su... READ MORE
Victoria Argyle
A Long Petal of the Sea
Allende covers Chile and Spain in this epic novel
For a relatively short novel this is epic in scope. Allende takes you from 1930s Spain and takes you all the way to WW2 and then across to Chile. The Spani... READ MORE
A Long Petal of the Sea
A Long Petal of the Sea is a deep, complex and beautiful novel.
I knew absolutely nothing of the historical events covered when I began reading, mainly the Spanish civil war and events leading up to and proceeding from ... READ MORE
Liam James

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