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Island Beneath the Sea

by Isabel Allende

eBooks of the Month Family Drama Historical Fiction Modern and Classic Literary Fiction

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Early in her career, Isabel Allende translated Barbara Cartland's books into Spanish so to introduce this book as 'historical novel meets chick-lit' may sound rude, but it is not meant to be. Set in the late 1700s / early 1800s and sweeping from Haiti to New Orleans, you won't find yourself bogged down
by historical detail - for this is a human story with all the breathless excitement and pace you would expect from a contemporary novel. There's cruelty, racism, love and lust. Just like our world today!

Island Beneath the Sea Synopsis

From the sugar plantations of Saint-Domingue to the lavish parlors of New Orleans at the turn of the 19th century, Isabel Allende's latest novel tells the story of a mulatta woman, a slave and concubine, determined to take control of her own destiny in a society where that would seem impossible. Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue -- now known as Haiti --Tete is the product of violent union between an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage. When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it's with powdered wigs in his trunks and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his father's plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. Against the merciless backdrop of sugar cane fields, the lives of Tete and Valmorain grow ever more intertwined. When bloody revolution arrives at the gates of Saint Lazare, they flee the island for the decadence and opportunity of New Orleans. There, Tete finally forges a new life -- but her connection to Valmorain is deeper than anyone knows and not so easily severed.

Island Beneath the Sea Press Reviews

'Island Beneath the Sea is a seductive, intoxicating saga. It starts with slavery, forbidden relationships and rebellion in Haiti, and expands to include struggles over secret children, racial castes and family heirs in Louisiana. Isabel Allende's latest novel is sweeping, provocative and impossible to put down' Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes

'A complex and involving saga of human passions and cruelties' TLS

'A magical storyteller' Daily Mail

'Allende's writing is so vivid we smell the countryside, hear the sounds, see the bright birds, smell and even taste the soft fruit' The Times


'A truly wonderful piece of storytelling -- a novel that pulls the reader into its rich, pungent world, and drives us along, dancing helplessly to the beat of the sorceress Allende's drum'


'Allende is a brilliant storyteller ! a rich and beautiful read' The Stylist

'Allende adroitly explores the role of the era's free people of color ! Island Benath the Sea is a lush lesson of a moment and place all too relevant today.' USA Today

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ISBN: 9780007348657
Publication date: 09/06/2011
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007348640
Publication date: 29/04/2010
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780007348657
Publication date: 9th June 2011
Author: Isabel Allende
Publisher: Fourth Estate Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 400 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction,
Categories: Historical fiction, Fiction in translation,

About Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende was born in Chile, and now lives in California. She worked for many years as a journalist before writing the internationally bestselling novel The House of the Spirits. Since then she has published the equally highly-acclaimed Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, The Stories of Eva Luna, ‘The Infinite Plan and ‘Paula.

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