Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
A Novel

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“Allende is a master storyteller at the peak of her powers.”
Los Angeles Times

From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, the latest novel from New York Times bestselling author Isabel Allende (Inés of My Soul, The House of the Spirits, Portrait in Sepia) tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny.

 

About Isabel Allende

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Isabel Allende is the bestselling author of eleven works of fiction, four memoirs, and three young adult novels, which have been translated into more than twenty-seven languages with more than fiftyseven million copies sold. In 2004, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Award in 2012. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, she lives in California.
 
Published April 10, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 480 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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While Valmorain, less a villain than a man of his time, finally grants Zarité the freedom he’s promised, more tragedies await strong-willed Rosette and sensitive, idealistic Maurice, whose love crosses more than racial boundaries.

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[Signature] Reviewed by Marlon James Of the many pitfalls lurking for the historical novel, the most dangerous is

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The resulting canvas contains no less than the revolutionary history of the world’s first black republic as Allende portrays the island’s various factions: republicans versus monarchists, blacks versus mulattoes, abolitionists versus planters, slaves versus masters.

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Island Beneath the Sea, Isabel Allende's newest novel, is about the complicated relationship between a slave and her master, who owns a sugar plantation in Haiti during the slave revolts that preceded the Haitian Revolution.

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Book Reporter

Tété is also determined to find her own true love, and so ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA ponders their futures over four very different decades.

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The Globe and Mail

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Isabel Allende's 18th book is set in two places: the island of Sainte-Domingue, known today as Haiti, during the slave rebellion of 1791, and the ensuing revolution;

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Entertainment Weekly

Isabel Allende's latest, Island Beneath the Sea — set mainly in 18th-century Saint-Domingue, the Caribbean colony stained by colonial oppression — features an extensive cast of characters, ranging from plantation nobility to their abused chattels to the sexual demimonde of the cities.

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Los Angeles Times

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The history can be found easily enough, but to fully penetrate the world in which the slave rebellion took place — to understand what life was like on the sugar plantations, to enter the mindset of slaveholders and slaves alike, to examine the psychological drama at work in those relationshipsand...

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The Telegraph

“Let me tell you,” she recently told an adoring audience at an American university – she is now a US citizen – “I’m very funny in Spanish.” The implication that she is not so funny in English is fully borne out by Island Beneath the Sea, which is relentlessly unamusing.

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USA Today

Amid the chaos of the time, when whole cities let alone plantations are burned, T t , Valmorain, his legitimate son Maurice and their born-of-bondage daughter Rosette flee as a kind of twisted family to New Orleans, then a gumbo of Spanish and French colonists, Saint-Domingue refugees, slav...

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Pajiba

The story follows Zarite and her master from Haiti then to Cuba and New Oleans as they escape the slave revolution.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Island Beneath the Sea By Isabel Allende Fourth Estate, $32.99 SET on the island of Saint-Domingue, which was later to become Haiti, Island Beneath the Sea is a fascinating and fabulous story.

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Seattle PI

Isabelle Allende's novel, Island Beneath the Sea, is a timeless tale about the nature of power and how even the most powerless of people - a fictional 18th Century African slave woman named Zarité or even me or you - can become powerful in unexpected ways.

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MostlyFiction Book Reviews

it would have been enough to hang them without all the fuss.” The mulatto slave Zarité, known as Tété, and her owner, the French planter Toulouse Valmorain form the center of Allende’s novel about slavery and the slave revolt that freed Haiti.

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Daily Kos

This diary is a place to learn about Haiti, about US policy towards Haiti, and to advocate for Haiti.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Isabel Allende is the internationally best-selling author of The Stories of Eva Luna (1991), Portrait in Sepia (2001), Zorro ( 3.5 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2005), Inés of My Soul ( 3 of 5 Stars Jan/Feb 2007), and the memoir The Sum of Our Days ( 3.5 of 5 Stars July/Aug 2008), among other works.

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My San Antonio

In the novel, a great deal of violent death occurs, but the story — like Haiti's story now — belongs to the survivors.

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