A Long Petal Of The Sea - Book Review

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A Long Petal Of The Sea ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author:  Isabel Allende
Published in:  January 2020
Buy at:  Amazon

“Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional.” ― Isabel Allende, A Long Petal Of The Sea


My first book by Isabel Allende and I am already looking for her other works. Probably, one of the first books I have read from the historical fiction genre which is not about WWII. A Long Petal Of The Sea is about the Spanish Civil war and its aftermath.

A Long Petal Of The Sea by Isabel Allende opens up the page of the history when Spain is going through the civil war in the 1930s. A pregnant widow, Roser, flees to the French border with Victor Dalmau the brother of her deceased love. They both got helped by Pablo Neruda to embrace exile to Chile in search of a better life when the whole of Europe is gripped in the war. They must marry to unite even neither of them wants. They restart their lives in Chile with hope in their heart that one day they will go back to Spain where they call home. They realize at the end that home is where they spent their whole lives and it was always closer to them.

I read the English translated version of the Spanish version. Beautifully prosed in English, it must have been even more beautiful in Spanish because Spanish is one of the most romantic languages in the world. Pablo Neruda, a legendary poet, plays an important character in the story. His famous lines from his poems set the sync of the story at the beginning of each chapter. The events are factual and the description of the events gave me goosebumps finding out what people during mass exodus and exiles were going through during the war.

The characters are inspired by real-life characters. They give the feel of affection. The art of drafting recurring characters in the book is exceptional. Not only a great storyteller this book also provides a lot of knowledge about the history of Europe and South America.

I recommend this book to all the historical fiction lovers and to those who judge the book by its cover.