A Long Petal of the Sea (Signed Book)

A Long Petal of the Sea (Signed Book)

by Isabel Allende

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From the New York Times bestselling author of The House of the Spirits, this epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home.

In the late 1930s, civil war grips Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love. In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them desires.

Together with two thousand other refugees, they embark on the SS Winnipeg, a ship chartered by the poet Pablo Neruda, to Chile: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” As unlikely partners, they embrace exile as the rest of Europe erupts in world war. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives, they will face trial after trial. But they will also find joy as they patiently await the day when they will be exiles no more. Through it all, their hope of returning to Spain keeps them going. Destined to witness the battle between freedom and repression as it plays out across the world, Roser and Victor will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

A masterful work of historical fiction about hope, exile, and belonging, A Long Petal of the Sea shows Isabel Allende at the height of her powers.

Advance praise for A Long Petal of the Sea

“Isabel Allende is a grand storyteller who writes with surpassing compassion and insight. Her place as an icon of world literature was secured long ago. She will be celebrated, by readers and writers alike, for generations to come.”—Khaled Hosseini, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Kite Runner

“This is a novel not just for those of us who have been Allende fans for decades, but also for those who are brand-new to her work: What a joy it must be to come upon Allende for the first time. She knows that all stories are love stories, and the greatest love stories are told by time.”—Colum McCann, National Book Award–winning author of Let the Great World Spin

“A tale that is seductively intimate and strategically charming . . . a virtuoso of lucidly well-told, utterly enrapturing fiction . . . Allende deftly addresses war, displacement, violence, and loss in a novel of survival and love under siege.”Booklist (starred review)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593157206
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/21/2020
Edition description: Signed Edition
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 583
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Born in Peru and raised in Chile, Isabel Allende is the author of a number of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including The House of the Spirits, Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Paula, and In the Midst of Winter. Her books have been translated into more than forty-two languages and have sold more than seventy-four million copies worldwide. She lives in California.


San Rafael, California

Date of Birth:

August 2, 1942

Place of Birth:

Lima, Peru

Customer Reviews

A Long Petal of the Sea: A Novel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
shirley larson 5 months ago
I liked this book.
Victoria Benoit 3 months ago
Character development and historical backdrop, kept me touched and involved !
Heidi Hanson 3 months ago
Stewart Barrier 3 months ago
So apt for our times. i'm in my early seventies, a time of loooking back on my life, and a time looking forward to older age. So much about family and love, and war and disappointment yet the need to go on to help those who I can and become a better person than I have been and not to quit until the end.
bookluvr35SL 5 months ago
In the late 1930s, as civil war grips Spain, Roser and Victor are forced to flee the country. Roser is a pregnant young widow and sister-in-law to Victor Dalmau, an army doctor. They marry to ensure safety for themselves and the unborn baby, but agree it is a marriage in name only. The two board the SS Winnipeg to Chile: “the long petal of sea and wine and snow.” There they not only build a new life, but they discover that years of friendship can blossom into something deeper. I have mixed feelings about this book. There were parts that I truly enjoyed and parts (mainly the parts about the war) that made my eyes glaze over from all of the details. I hadn't read anything about the Spanish Civil War before so I was completely unfamiliar with this section of history. It was very well researched and seemed to cover it thoroughly.
ginnybee 5 months ago
I love Isabel Allende,s books. This one is exceptional, The history of the Spanish civil war is often regarded as a practice for WW II without remembering the horrible suffering experienced by the Spanish people,
HalKid2 5 months ago
This is a multi-generational family saga that begins in the late 1930s with the Spanish Civil War, moves to France, then on to Chile, Venezuela, and back to Chile. As the novel begins, teenage Roser Bruguera is a poor Spanish farm girl with an uncanny gift for music. Moving into the home of a prominent music teacher to study, she promptly falls in love with the professor's younger son, Guillem. Enter General Francisco Franco and the Fascists who oust the left-leaning Republican government in Spain after three years of bloody war. Tens of thousands of refugees flee Spain for France, among them a pregnant Roser, aided by the professor's older son, Victor, a physician. France, however, about to plunge into World War II, doesn't want refugees and immediately confines them to ill-equipped concentration camps. Recognizing the urgent need to get out of Europe, Victor and Roser find themselves in the orbit of Spanish Poet Pablo Neruda, who happens to be shepherding some two thousand refugees to Chile on the S. S. Winnepeg (true story). I won't include more details about how the lives of Roser and Victor unfold over the next 50 years. It's a story that explores the nature of love and and complexity of family loyalty. About class inequality, politics, and the successive turnover of governments in Chile during the 1970s and 1980s. And the consequences to apolitical people, who simply want to live their lives. I have read all of Isabel Allende's novels -- in part because of the beautiful way she uses language. I was not, however, struck by that in reading this novel. Though this may be the result of different translator. Because this narration struck me as much more straightforward, less crafted.
bella79954 5 months ago
I really struggled with this book and was shocked as I really enjoy Allende's work. [book:Ines of My Soul|16562] being my favorite of her books. I enjoyed the beginning, Roser comes from nothing and is adopted by a wealthy man and she has a gift for the piano. She falls in love with a young soldier who dies before their son is born. His brother Victor marries her to give the boy a father and to help her get to Chile with him. You see, people are fleeing Spain and Roser and Victor can get on a boat sailing to Chile. He is a doctor and she is a musician. They can contribute to their new country and make a life for themselves there. Their book follows their life together, how they grow individually and together. How they share a deep bond and how they survive through their travels. There are many themes here and this book is based on historical facts, but it just failed to grab me. It is slow moving and that is part of the issue. It is a slow burn and normally I don't mind that but, in this case, it didn't work for me. I don't know if it was my mood at the time or my inability to connect with her story telling. This is one of those books that I can say, I enjoyed but it won’t stay with me for long. Again, this took me by surprise as I normally have thoroughly enjoyed all her books. I encourage readers to read all reviews are decide for yourselves. Thank you to Random House Publishing House Publishing Group - Ballantine and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.
literarymuseVC 5 months ago
Roser and Victor Dalmau agree to marry in Spain after General Franco wins control of the government over the Republicans in the late 1930’s. Roser’s husband died during that conflict and his brother Victor, who learned to be a doctor during the Civil War, is determined to get them out of Spain as Franco’s government is tyrannical and devastating to millions. This novel is their story. What starts as a brother-sister relationship will develop into a phenomenal, glorious love. Their journey will take them to France, Chile and Venezuela. Governments in those countries were also in flux. Before they get there, Victor has a brief fling with a spoiled, aristocratic Spanish woman. She has a child who is given up for adoption, a fact Victor never learns until he is much older. Victor becomes a good friend of Pablo Neruda the poet, who writes a poem about Chile, written on the ship called “Winnipeg” that gives this novel its title. Pablo is a Socialist and becomes persecuted and hunted because of his political beliefs; but it turns out he is mainly concerned with the love of people and freedom. He is responsible for two thousand refuges being allowed to emigrate from Spain to Chile. These refugees soon develop a fine reputation for being responsible families who improve conditions in Chile. This is a family saga about those who face constant trials but do their best to work hard and avoid controversy. Their debacle in each of these countries is heartbreaking. Victor becomes a tough man as he experiences the horrors of war which he experienced as a medic and later as a doctor in Chile. Allende’s earlier novels are more about the Pinochet government in Chile but here we also get a glimmer of the military horrors creating suffering and death for far too many. Victor earns a reputation as an intelligent, capable and kind cardiologist. Rosa is pragmatic, hard-working and loyally protective of Victor. His vanity is shattered when his love Rosa becomes terminally ill. What is unique about this family saga is how positive these characters are even in the face of the most daunting challenges. It’s a beautiful tribute to the power of love and loyalty, faith and hope in mankind no matter what the prevailing political challenges and, like the title poem, a tribute to beautiful people and lands prevailing in victory even when caught in the prevailing tides and currents testing the mettle of those riding the formidable journey into a more hopeful existence.
4469080 5 months ago
How history and families evolve and the beautiful results. Great read and couldn't put down.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Allende has written a fictionalized history of her beloved Chile, and especially that group of Spaniards fleeing almost certain death from Franco’s Fascist regime, who are able to emigrate to Chile thanks to Pablo Neruda’s arranged ship, the Winnipeg. Two families, the del Solars and the Dalmaus, are intertwined against the backdrop of 20th century Spanish and Chilean history, class struggles, of privilege and poverty, and Marxism and social democracy. She effortlessly educates us while holding us enthralled in the unfurling lives of these two families, their secrets and an unanticipated surprise ending. No two of the books I’ve read by Allende are like another and in this one she has hit it right out of the ballpark. During the 1980s I met a woman at the University where I worked who returned home to Chile on spring break. She returned with tales of horror, of the unregulated military that spread fear and terror, of hiding under a bed in her mother’s house while listening to soldiers shouting and shooting in the streets. That’s when I learned who Pinochet was. Later she formed home visits like Avon parties to expose us, her peers to the desaparecidos and the families who mourned them. Women had stitched pillows with the names of their lost loved one and they were available for us to purchase to raise money and awareness. It seemed like so little to ask for so great a need.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Allende’s latest novel starts out in 1938 Spain, at the height of the Spanish Civil War. After the triumph of Franco and the Fascists, Victor and his late brother’s pregnant girlfriend, Roser, set out to cross the Pyrenees into France. Against all odds, they survive, and eventually make their way to Chile. There, Victor attends medical school, marries Roser, who is a concert pianist, and they live in peace until the 1973 right wing coup causes them to suffer once again. Allende, who has done extensive research (and, as a Chilean, is writing about a time she lived through) provides a compelling insider’s look at events I knew very little about. Thanks to Random House and Netgalley for providing me with an ARC.
DragonNimbus 6 months ago
I expect excellence from Isabel Allende and was not disappointed. A Long Petal of the Sea didn't have the typical romantic narrative I'm used to, nor should it have. The description of the frontline of the war and the horrors and hardships experienced by the military as well as the civilians was so difficult to read because it was so realistic and detailed. The plot concerns Victor Dalmau, an army medic, and his brother and parents. Guillem, his brother, comes home with typhus. His mother and their boarder, Roser, care for him and as expected Guillem and Roser fall in love and Roser becomes pregnant. Guillem is sent back to the front and killed in action. The war increases in intensity and Roser and Mrs. Dalmau are forced to flee across the Pyrenees to France. Only Roser survives the trip and meets up with Victor who is forced to marry her to be able to evacuate to Chile on a harrowing voyage by sea. This was an amazing book but not a very comfortable read. Allende's descriptions were very thorough which was a little more than I could stomach. Fans of realistic historical fiction will enjoy this, but don't expect a tidy romance.
trutexan 6 months ago
I’ve enjoyed some of Isabel Allende’s previous novels and her most recent was certainly no exception. Allende is such a gifted storyteller. Even better is the fact that this novel is based on historical events. I must admit, I know very little about Spanish history, especially the Spanish Civil War that occurred during the late 1930’s. I was surprised to read that Spanish citizens had to flee the country for safety. Two of these citizens who fled were Roser and Victor. Roser, who was pregnant with Victor’s brother’s child, fled with help from Victor and one of his friends. She stays for a time in France and soon she and Victor are re-united. After learning that Victor’s brother has died, the two make a decision to marry in order for them to be able to emigrate to Chile. Unfortunately for the couple, in later years they will face more strife in Chile due to political upheaval. On a more positive note, what began as a marriage of convenience, ends up being the love of a lifetime for Victor and Roser. I found this to be a very engrossing story, although there was a bit more politics than I was expecting. Many thanks to NetGalley and Ballantine Books for allowing to read an advance copy and give an honest review
bamcooks 6 months ago
One thing I love about reading is the vicarious thrill I get from being immersed in situations beyond my own experiences, my own lifetime. Allende's latest book of historical fiction first takes us to Spain in the 1930s where we experience the Spanish Civil War firsthand through the lives of the Dalmau family and later their desperate escape to France when all hope is lost and General Francisco Franco grasps controls of their country. Eventually, with the help of poet Pablo Neruda and the ship of hope named The Winnipeg he has arranged to transport refugees of the war, the Dalmau family makes it to Chile just as the Second World War begins back in Europe. They have great hopes of starting over in this new country on a new continent, but even here, politics continue to make life unstable and precarious. One part sounded a warning, even for us in the U.S., of the need for compromise, as mother and son discuss the political situation in Chile in the 1970s: "What we saw in Spain can happen here." Mother warns. "Allende says there'll never be fratricidal conflict here. The government and people will prevent it." replies her son. "That comrade of yours is too naive by half. Chile is divided into irreconcilable groups, son. Friends are fighting, families are split down the middle; it's impossible to talk to anyone who doesn't think as you do. I don't see many of my old friends anymore so that we don't fight." Sound familiar? Although Allende's story is fictional, it is based on historical fact and she peoples it with several historical figures such as Neruda and Salvador Allende. But it is the characters she imagines that are the most touching as we follow the Dalmau family through their lives full of turmoil but also great love. The title of the book comes from Neruda's definition of Chile 'as a long petal of sea and wine and snow...with a belt of back and white foam.' Each chapter begins with a bit of Neruda's poetry--very lovely. Beautiful cover artwork too. I was fortunate to be given an arc of Allende's new book by the publisher via netGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks to them for the opportunity.
jdowell 6 months ago
Isabel Allende is a favorite author for me. Allende's books always seem to allow travel to so many countries! This one started in Spain, and spent time France, Chile, Argentina, and the United States. The focus of the book is an epic journey of the lives of Victor Dalmau (an army doctor), and Roser (Victor's late brother's pregnant girlfriend. They flee Spain during the Spanish Civil War, just before World War II, and cross the Pyranees into France. Somehow they made it aboard a ship carrying refugees to Chile. They made their home there and things are peaceful for awhile, but it seems trouble can't help but find these two people. They face many hurdles during the course of the story. I enjoyed following their lives and their remarkable journey. Their lives were remarkable. I found at the end that this book was based on actual events and historical figures even though the book is a work of fiction. Thanks to Isabel Allende and Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine through Netgalley for an advance copy of this book.
MKF 6 months ago
Wait-don't skip by this because you've heard Allende novels are filled with magical realism. This one isn't, which might disappoint those who love her for that, but which makes it a good introduction for others to Allende's world and to the sometimes tortuous history of Chile. Victor and Roser are thrown together when her husband and his brother is killed during the civil war in Spain. They are lucky to be able to emigrate to Chile and build a life there, which is, sadly, disrupted once again by the 1973 coup. Their marriage of convenience eventually blossoms into something more as they both find their places, he as a physician and she as a musician. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. There's a lot of history in these pages, which at times is more interesting than the characters but it's a worthy and interesting read.
PaulAllard 6 months ago
A family "saga" from the Spanish Civil War to post-Pinochet Chile - well-written stuff This novel by Isabel Allende, based on a true story and true events, tells us about Victor, a medical student in Republican Spain of the 1930s, as he lives through - and survives - the Spanish Civil War, exile to Chile, the Pinochet regime, more exile and eventual return to his homeland. Along the way, we encounter members of his family, friends and political opponents as well as the poet, Pablo Neruda. His life is a life of adventure, degradation and love. Characters are interesting and well-developed and the whole story, although inevitably depressing in places, is important and engrossing. Recommended, especially to admirers of Isabel Allende. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Vicki Saia 4 months ago
l did not enjoy this book.