A long petal of the sea : a novel / Isabel Allende ; translated from the Spanish by Nick Caistor and Amanda Hopkinson.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: "In the late 1930s, 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 poetPablo Neruda to embark on the SS Winnipeg along with 2,200 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 War. Starting 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 more, 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"-- Provided by publisher.
    • Notes:
      "Originally published in Spain in 2019 as Largo pétalo de mar"--Title page verso.
    • Other Titles:
      Largo pétalo de mar. English
    • ISBN:
      9781984820150
      198482015X
    • Accession Number:
      2019037428
    • Accession Number:
      fay.664685
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    • ABNT:
      ALLENDE, I.; CAISTOR, N.; HOPKINSON, A. A long petal of the sea : a novel. [s.l.] : Ballantine Books, 2020. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 14 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Allende I, Caistor N, Hopkinson A. A Long Petal of the Sea : A Novel. Ballantine Books; 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.664685. Accessed October 14, 2019.
    • APA:
      Allende, I., Caistor, N., & Hopkinson, A. (2020). A long petal of the sea : a novel. Ballantine Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.664685
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Allende, Isabel, Nick Caistor, and Amanda Hopkinson. 2020. A Long Petal of the Sea : A Novel. Ballantine Books. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.664685.
    • Harvard:
      Allende, I., Caistor, N. and Hopkinson, A. (2020) A long petal of the sea : a novel. Ballantine Books. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.664685 (Accessed: 14 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Allende, I, Caistor, N & Hopkinson, A 2020, A long petal of the sea : a novel, Ballantine Books, viewed 14 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Allende, Isabel, et al. A Long Petal of the Sea : A Novel. Ballantine Books, 2020. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.664685.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Allende, Isabel, Nick Caistor, and Amanda Hopkinson. A Long Petal of the Sea : A Novel. Ballantine Books, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.664685.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Allende I, Caistor N, Hopkinson A. A long petal of the sea : a novel [Internet]. Ballantine Books; 2020 [cited 2019 Oct 14]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.664685

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2019 October #1

*Starred Review* Isabel Allende joins an illustrious group of novelists who have found a deep wellspring for fiction in the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), beginning with Ernest Hemingway's eye-witness-inspired For Whom the Bell Tolls, which was published just a year after those who were fighting to save an elected government were defeated by fascist forces under General Francisco Franco, who was allied with Hitler and Mussolini. Hemingway covered the war, along with his third-wife-to-be Martha Gellhorn, and both appear in Beautiful Exiles (2018) by Meg Waite Clayton and Love and Ruin (2018) by Paula McLain. Distinguished Spanish writer Manuel Rivas' The Carpenter's Pencil (2001) is a deeply inquisitive and moving novel about the war, as are Alan Furst's Midnight in Europe (2014), The Time in Between (2011) by Maria Duenas (translated by Daniel Hahn), and Mary Gordon's There Your Heart Lies (2017). Now Helen Janeczek, in The Girl with the Leica (2019), and Allende explore the seismic impact on individual lives of Spain's devastating civil war in novels strikingly divergent in style and focus.Poet Pablo Neruda plays a small but key role in Janeczek's novel when he rescues two thousand Spanish war refugees and brings them to Chile. This actual voyage of mercy is the catalyst for Isabel Allende's A Long Petal of the Sea. Internationally revered as a virtuoso of lucidly well-told, utterly enrapturing fiction, Allende encapsulates the complicated horrors of the Spanish Civil War within the epic struggles of Victor Dalmau, the son of a music professor and an activist, and Roser Bruguera, a gifted student of Victor's father's who falls in love with Victor's brother, a soldier, and is left bereft and pregnant when he's killed. Roser and Victor, destined to become a doctor after a stunning battlefield encounter, join the desperate exodus to France, where Spanish refugees are maligned as filthy criminals and detained in unconscionably wretched circumstances. When events deliver them to Neruda as he's selecting passengers for his sanctuary ship, they expediently marry to ensure their inclusion.Allende follows the course of their tumultuous, socially conscious lives, forever shadowed by the war's traumas, over the ensuing decades, contrasting their successful professional and unusual private lives with the hard slam to the right of Chilean politics as a U.S.-backed military coup takes down President Salvador Allende (a cousin of the author) and installs the dictator Augusto Pinochet. Once again, Victor is subjected to brutality in a concentration camp; once again he and Roser must flee their home. Allende deftly addresses war, displacement, violence, and loss in a novel of survival and love under siege, a tale that is seductively intimate and strategically charming with valor, perseverance, transcendent romance, and wondrous reunions providing narrative sweeteners to lure readers into contemplation of past atrocities and, covertly, of the disturbingly similar outrages of the present, in which refugees and immigrants are treated with appalling cruelty and fascist threats escalate around the warming world. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

LJ Reviews 2019 August

Winner of the National Book Foundation's Lifetime Achievement Award, Allende explores the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, as pregnant young widow Roser flees Franco's Spain with Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her dead husband. They enter a marriage of convenience to survive, boarding the SS Winnipeg for Chile—"the long petal of sea and wine and snow," as Pablo Neruda called it—as they learn what being in exile really means.

Copyright 2019 Library Journal.

PW Reviews 2019 October #1

Spanning from 1938 to 1994, this majestic novel from Allende (In the Midst of Winter) focuses on Victor Dalmau, a 23-year-old medical student fighting in the Spanish Civil War on the Republican side when the novel opens. After Nationalist forces prevail, Victor and thousands of other Republican sympathizers flee Spain to avoid brutal reprisals. In France, he searches the packed refugee camps for Roser Bruguera, who is pregnant with his brother Guillem's child. Once he finds Roser, he breaks the news that Guillem has died in battle and that he has won a place on the Winnipeg, a ship that the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda has organized to transport Spanish refugees from Europe, where WWII is breaking out, to safety in Chile. Allowed to bring only family with him, Victor persuades Roser to marry him in name only. Though Victor has a brief, secret affair with well-off Ofelia del Solar, he begins to fall in love with Roser; they raise Roser's son, Marcel, together and build stable lives, he as a cardiologist and she as a widely respected musician. But when the Pinochet dictatorship unseats Chile's Marxist president in 1973, they find themselves once more endangered by their political views. Allende's assured prose vividly evokes her fictional characters, historical figures like Neruda, and decades of complex international history; her imagery makes the suffering of war and displacement palpable yet also does justice to human strength, hope and rebirth. Seamlessly juxtaposing exile with homecoming, otherness with belonging, and tyranny with freedom, the novel feels both timeless and perfectly timed for today. (Jan.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.