A Long Petal of the Sea

by Isabel Allende.

Have read many of Allende’s novels. This one seemed closer to her own story. As it turns out, it was. Intimate raw scenes with familial context during the Spanish Civil War. A voyage from Europe to Chile on the Winnipeg spear-headed by poet Pablo Neruda well-drawn. The love stories less compelling. However, learned a lot more than I’d known about the politics and hardships of the Spanish Civil War and later Chile during Allende and Pinochet. For that historical value a very good read. Wish Neruda’s poems were also published in the original Spanish along with their translation.

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