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Staff Recommendation: A Long Petal of the Sea

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF THE SS WINNIPEG?
 

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE SPANISH CIVIL WAR?
 

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT PABLO NERUDA? 

DO YOU KNOW ISABEL ALLENDE?

DO YOU LIKE HISTORICAL FICTION?



 

If you like historical fiction, and you want to learn about the names mentioned above, you will enjoy reading this book.  It is available on Overdrive/Libby as an e-book/kindle and audio.



 

When General Franco wins the Spanish Civil War (1930’s), those fighting against him flee to France. Two of those fleeing to France are Roser, a pregnant widow, and Victor Dalmau, and army doctor. To survive, they marry, but it is a marriage of convenience only.



 

They travel to Chile on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pable Neruda “the long petals if sea and wine and snow” (quoted in the novel, it is from one of his poems They live in Chile as exiles through World War II. They hope that eventually they will be able to return to Spain. Through all their trials and journeys, it is their hope of being reunited with their home that keeps them going.

 



Although Roser and Victor are fictional characters, this historical novel is about the actual account of civil war, what families can go through, and the world war depicted during these years. The novel takes us back to an earlier time and place, and also sheds light on the way we live now.


 

Author Biography



Isabel Allende, the author of this book, is a Chilean journalist and author born on August 2, 1942, in Lima, Peru. She has written over 20 books that have been translated into more than 35 languages and sold more than 67 million copies. 



Author Information from: https://www.biography.com/writer/isabel-allende



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Jo Ann Andrews, Adult Services Librarian
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