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A Long Petal of the Sea

Isabel Allende

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21 January 2020
Fiction & Literature; Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945); Second World War fiction; Abbey's Double Rewards; Advocate - Fiction
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THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER 'One of the strongest and most affecting works in Allende's long career' New York Times Book Review 'Allende's style is impressively Olympian and the payoff is remarkable' Guardian 'Her place as an icon of world literature was secured long ago' Khaled Hosseini *A Daily Telegraph and Irish Times Highlight for 2020* September 3, 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, he is forced out of his beloved Barcelona and into exile.

When opportunity to seek refuge arises, they board a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda to Chile, the promised 'long petal of sea and wine and snow'. 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 that soars from the Spanish Civil War to the rise and fall of Pinochet, A Long Petal of the Sea is Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.
By:   Isabel Allende
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
Weight:   638g
ISBN:   9781526615909
ISBN 10:   1526615908
Pages:   336
Publication Date:   21 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  ELT Advanced ,  Primary
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of twenty-four bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Daughter of Fortune and City of the Beasts. A Chilean immigrant herself, Allende devotes much of her time to human rights causes and in 1996 founded the Isabel Allende Foundation. She lives in California.

Reviews for A Long Petal of the Sea

Allende has everything it takes: the ear, the eye, the mind, the heart, the all-encompassing humanity * New York Times * If Allende's life depended on her narrative gifts, she'd not only survive, but reign * Los Angeles Times * Allende's stories are delicate, their images akin to poetry -- Barbara Kingsolver

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