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La isla bajo el mar
Allende, Isabel.
Adult Fiction ALLENDE

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STARAllende's latest excursion into historical fiction takes us to the Caribbean of the late 18th to early 19th century, first to the island of Saint-Domingue (Santo Domingo-later the capital of the Dominican Republic) and then to New Orleans. Toulouse Valmorain, a French national who comes to the New World to save his father's sugar plantation and the family, yearns to return to Paris. A humanist by nature, he is uncomfortable with the institution of slavery but considers it a necessary evil for the profitable running of the plantation. The first persona narratives of the slave Zarite, Valmorain's wife's servant, are the heart and soul of this novel, where passionate human melodrama takes place against the backdrop of exciting historical revolts, as slaves fight for their freedom and plantation owners struggle to maintain the status quo. Allende is diligent at recreating the varied cultures that collided in the Caribbean at that time. Readers will sink their teeth into this sweeping epic, It is an indispensable addition to every collection.-Sara Martinez, Hispanic Resource Center; Tulsa City-County Library System, OK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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