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La isla bajo el mar txt La isla bajo el mar, text ebook La isla bajo el mar, adobe reader La isla bajo el mar, chapter 2 La isla bajo el mar, La isla bajo el mar 579cb6 Born A Slave On The Island Of Saint Domingue, Zarit Known As T T Is The Daughter Of An African Mother She Never Knew And One Of The White Sailors Who Brought Her Into Bondage Though Her Childhood Is One Of Brutality And Fear, T T Finds Solace In The Traditional Rhythms Of African Drums And In The Voodoo Loas She Discovers Through Her Fellow Slaves When Twenty Year Old Toulouse Valmorain Arrives On The Island In , It S With Powdered Wigs In His Baggage And Dreams Of Financial Success In His Mind But Running His Father S Plantation, Saint Lazare, Is Neither Glamorous Nor Easy It Will Be Eight Years Before He Brings Home A Bride But Marriage, Too, Proves Difficult Than He Imagined And Valmorain Remains Dependent On The Services Of His Teenaged Slave Spanning Four Decades, Island Beneath The Sea Is The Moving Story Of The Intertwined Lives Of T T And Valmorain, And Of One Woman S Determination To Find Love Amid Loss, To Offer Humanity Though Her Own Has Been Battered, And To Forge Her Own Identity In The Cruellest Of CircumstancesTranslated From The Spanish By Margaret Sayers Peden


About the Author: Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende Llona is a Chilean American novelist Allende, who writes in the magic realism tradition, is considered one of the first successful women novelists in Latin America She has written novels based in part on her own experiences, often focusing on the experiences of women, weaving myth and realism together She has lectured and done extensive book tours and has taught literature at s



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    This is 1.99 kindle special again today I still own this book loved it packed filled with drama I m reading Isabel Allende s new book right now In The Mist of Winter , not released yet and it s TERRIFICsave your pennies for it Or get your name on the waitlist at the library Older tiny comment I just bought this book yesterday It looks fantastic I LOVE Isabel Allende I like her fiction and non fiction books.I m also so excited.she will be speaking at a darling book store in Mt View tonight I hope I get a front row seat elyseThis book is EXCELLENT The best book I have read all year


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    The Real Code NoirMy only direct knowledge of Haiti comes from my marginal involvement in the attempted Haitian coup of 1970 against Papa Doc Duvalier The failed survivors took to sea in several small ships, ran out of fuel, and asked for humanitarian assistance from the Coast Guard My ship was diverted from training in Guantanamo Bay and ordered to tow the rebel vessels to Roosevelt Roads, a naval base on Puerto Rico I, as an expendable junior officer, was assigned to take command of the larger of the Haitian ships, few of whose crew spoke English, and all of whom I suspected, irrationally, of being Tonton Macoutes, who would rather kill and eat me than allow themselves to be interned by the U.S Navy My first task was to inspect the ship to ensure we had collected all the small arms Because the generators were out of action, there were no lights so I had to creep around the the lower deck compartments with a flashlight Opening the door to the main hold I caught a human shape about 30 feet in front of me, arms outstretched as if crucified, legs dangling limp, with a rope around its neck Beating a quick retreat back through the watertight door, I took a few deep breaths before re entering the compartment.Instead of a bloated face and tortured body, what I found was an old fashioned deep diving suit, with its brass helmet, hanging stiffly on its assigned hook Relief was overcome by feelings of stupidity and embarrassment lest any of the Haitians had seen me But the practical lesson was also clear voodoo works especially in the dark, and particularly when you re out of your depth So I do have a sense of recognition reading Isabel Allende s tale of oppression and voodoo revenge.Haitian voodoo fascinates me in its functionality It is an underground culture that demonstrates how powerful the human drive to create cultural tradition actually is when people are ripped from their familiar societies And it scares hell out of white people for approximately the same reason, namely it represents a humanity that can t be extinguished by power This is worrisome to those in charge for precisely the reasons given in Allende s book, which are identical to those generating my fear on the Haitian ship It s not just a fear of loss of control, as in the Haitian slave rebellion of the early 19th century for example It is also the fundamental dread that one is living in an alternative reality, an unknown darkness, which might exert itself at any moment In other words, that one is actually captive in an alien spiritual as well as physical universe.Voodoo syncretism, its assimilation of fragments of the various cultures it comes in contact with much like the English language in this magpie like tendency, it occurs to me , is its strength It is sufficiently familiar to white people because it uses some Christian symbols like the cross and the Virgin Mary But it is simultaneously alien and threatening because it treats these symbols as what they are enigmatic signs and connects them with other symbols and rituals, not as dogmatic assertions or fixed creeds but as further floating signs This is not the European way It may not be the African way either But it does create a coherent society with its own customs, language and social structure that are impervious to the culture around it It is a product of intellectual ingenuity, artistic creativity, and spite.Voodoo itself, therefore, is a continuous rebellion not just against racial oppression but also against any attempt to fix the character of either human beings or human society It undermines the established, the official, the approved, and the powerful and thus the Code Noir, the laws of slavery As such it is quite rightly feared It is simultaneously there and not there, entirely real and entirely mythical, solid and ephemeral Or a hanged man and a diving suit.


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    Take the rich historical settings of Haiti and New Orleans Toss in voodoo ceremonies, zombies, bloody slave uprisings, forbidden loves, pirates, spies, fortune tellers, hurricanes, epidemics, and a pinch of scandal Place all of this is Isabel Allende s gifted hands, and what s not to love This book took some time and concentration to get through, but when I got to the end I found myself wanting , , I wanted to know what happens to Tete and Zacharie and Maurice and their families as the years pass, and I wanted to see a certain haughty bitch get her comeuppance But a good storyteller knows when to stop, and this is the best Allende novel I ve read so far It will be on my Best of 2010 list, no question A special thank you to Margaret Sayers Peden for making Ms Allende s novels available to us in English Good translation work deserves recognition.


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    The flyleaf review on this book promised that it was written with all kinds of native wit and brio sic Well, I fear this surfeit of wit and brio was somehow waylaid between press and the bookstand, because I m halfway through, and now hoping I can find the grim stamina to just hang on and finish this book that somehow manages to feel damp and depressing, even in the cheeriest of chapters Allende uses language beautifully She paints vivid word portraits of places and times I ve never been to Unfortunately, in this book, those portraits are all dark and grim, and echoing with suffering Plus everything smells bad, if the narrative is to be believed I m not a fan of fluffy feel good literature ALL the time, but jeepers, could we have some BALANCE If you re going to write nearly 500 pages on the Revolution in Haiti that sprang out of the French Revolution, a spark or two of hope and maybe even happiness might not be amiss in keeping the audience s attention Plodding onward, in the interest of finishing what I started Whether this ever moves from my currently reading shelf to my read shelf remains to be seen.Edited to add I finished it The last 1 4 of the book was better than anything that came before, and since it redeemed itself I m bumping it up a star Still nothing I d recommend though It was historically informative, but so dark and and CLAMMY feeling that I was left feeling as though I needed to scrape it off my skin And I m not a literature professor, so I m allowed to feel repugnance for books like this So there.


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    Extraordinary book about race, slavery, Haiti and New Orleans, as well as what it means to be family, by blood, by fate and by choice It begins in 18th century Haiti prior to when it was called Haiti and ends in New Orleans after the Louisiana Purchase In the first part of the book, it chronicles the slave revolts that led to the creation of Haiti as the first independent black negro nation In the second part, it keeps Haiti in the background while following the main characters in New Orleans as it changes hands from French to Spanish to French again and finally to being under U.S rule This book is one of the most fascinating pieces of historical fiction I ve read and since it s my favorite genre, that s significant I read this book as an Audible.com audio book and found it to be very engrossing, easy to hear and easy to follow Since I m hearing impaired, I find many audiobooks are too difficult to listen to, but this one was a pleasure It was read by S Epatha Merkerson the African American woman who has played Lt Anita Van Buren on Law and Order.


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    An ambitious saga of personal lives and aspirations amid the violent transition of Haiti from a French colony founded on slavery into an independent republic at the turn of the 18th century We are immersed in the story of the slave Zarit on a sugar plantation and how she learns to survive under its young aristocratic master Valmorain, who rapes her at 13 and fathers children by her She eventually gains his respect and some independent agency as a caretaker of his white son When the time of the slave revolt comes, her love of this son keeps her from joining in, and she makes the sacrifice of helping Valmorin and the child escape the pillaging of the plantation The plot gets a bit disjointed when they move to the New Orleans area to start a new plantation, and Zarit thrives on the hope of gaining her promised freedom and reconnecting with a son that tragically was given to another family.All the horrors of slavery are covered through details of life on the plantation The baroque caste system of the island s society is portrayed through a panoply of characters among its small white ruling class and larger populations mixed race and free blacks Among these are a French doctor, a priest, a voodoo priestess and herbalist, a mulatto courtesan, and a nightclub manager Slaves outnumber the free population ten to one, continually imported from Africa to make up for those worked to death Eventually enough runaways hiding out in the rough country gain enough leadership to fight back It has been hard for me to digest Haiti s history from the few details I have been exposed to This was one of the first revolutions by a European colony and the only successful slave revolt It followed not too long after the American Revolution and overlapped the French Revolution As much as abolition of slavery fit in with the call for human equality, the slaughter of whites was too brutal to countenance and the economic threat to colonial imperialism was too much for any European nation to recognize the nascent republic The plantation owners were royalists, so military support for their cause was compromised, leading them as well as the revolutionaries to seek military support alternatingly from Britain and from Spain which retained the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola, now the Dominican Repbublic With the rise of Napoleon, the abolition of slavery and rights of free blacks was initially supported, but that didn t last long Military forces placed there were subject to rates of death from diseases like yellow fever perhaps as high as 50% Eventually, Napoleon s need to concentrate on his ambitions in Europe led him to give up on Haiti, as well as to sell French continental holdings to the U.S as the Louisiana Purchase.I admire Allende for trying to bring these momentous events for Haiti to life though her characters Zarit is an engaging character and moved me with her courage and heart wrenching experiences But the events of the revolution remained confusing from her individual s perspective and the play of the lives of the many other characters was a bit too melodramatic to rise much above their serving as representatives in a diorama Thus, the book was closer to 3.5 stars.Unlike the American Revolution, the birth of the Haitian republic is a painful reminder of such a long period of dashed hopes The debt of reparations to France prevented Haiti s economy from ever growing into a healthy one Tragically, the republic came under a series of black dictators and many decades of interventions by U.S and European forces and by large corporations I Last visited Haiti through Kidder s wonderful account of the public health work by Paul Farmer, Mountains Beyond Mountains Since that time, the Haitian people have been devastated by major hurricanes in 2004 and 2008 and by a massive earthquake in 2010 We must resist the impulse to mentally give up on its beleaguered people, the poorest in the western hemisphere, and try to shut it out of one s mind Kidder s book can help you appreciate how wrong that is and how much hope there is for these wonderful people and their beautiful country This read from Allende reveals how long ago that hope was launched.


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