Victor and Roser Dalmau, who leave their home in the brink of WWII, after much hardship and loss and suffering arrive in Chile and it becomes their home for many years. The couple were forced to marry in order to survive, and stay together as a form of family loyalty. Who they are as individuals, and who they come to be together is the heart of the story. Although this was a novel, the author explains how the events and historical characters are in fact real. The title of this story describes where Chile snuggles into South America and the Pacific Ocean. Isabel does an incredible job using descriptive writing as her descriptions are so vivid you can smell the ocean; see the vibrant colours; hear the voices of the country. Overall, this is a story about the Spanish war that leads to a migration. It’s another generational story rich with characters, relationships and history. I absolutely loved it. I appreciated the work that went into the research in order to produce such a well-written story. I would say that A Long Petal Of The Sea is a quite timely read as the author captures how immigrants and refugees affect a country’s culture and economy. Another reason why I did not give this story a higher rating was due to it being boring at times. Allende has times where she does a lot of recounting, more telling and less showing. Occasionally there were times where my mind drifted elsewhere while I was attempting to read. All in all though, I enjoyed reading A Long Petal of The Sea as the author incorporated a lot of figurative language, interesting historical events, and the true meaning behind the writing which is to show who we become upon reaching the other side, and allowing us to experience another’s pain. 4/5 stars
@Bookland of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

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