A Long Petal of the Sea
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A Long Petal of the Sea Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 9 hours and 46 minutes
Author Isabel Allende
Narrator Edoardo Ballerini
Audible.in Release Date 21 January 2020
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B082WMRSX3
Best Sellers Rank #4,312 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#7 in World War II Historical Fiction
#10 in United States Literature
#22 in War & Military Fiction

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Reviewed in India on 10 March 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ecstatic, Overwhelming and Painful
By Sanhita Kundu/Potterhead⚡ Bookstagrammer /Bookreviewer @dillydallierblubeereads✔️ on 29 July 2020
It's a 4.5 star read definitely.
As being a curious child I always wanted to know where do the birds come from in the morning sky and in the end flipping through the sky with chirping their lungs out , as if they are in hurry; Where do they go? So one day on our rapid fire morning choir my grandma answered the most demanding question that they go to 'home'. And I was startled with the answer. 'Home?' No way... Because at that age I knew birds make nest out logs, leaf and etc , so how can you call that tiny messy place home? . So my grandma asked me that why you called this place a home ? So I answered with childish pride , I live with my family here , this place is big and we have a tv and ofcourse it's fair if I call it home. Then Grandma nodded with a smile on her face , it's more of a grimace than a smiling face and stated that place big or small doesn't matter where if you can live freely, do whatever you want and most of all a place that unites a family, strengthen them is called home but my little brain couldn't sustain the idea that how could that tiny place put up with so much hustle and bustle.

Then I grew up , and that four words started appear before my eyes with various forms... Forms of noun, forms of memory , forms of stories and forms of adult arguments that set them apart.
Since then until now I have been searching the answer that ' what does home feel like'? And When Neruda offered me to go with him through this novel, I couldn't refrain the idea of following his guiding soul and later when I actually found it, my emotions were like they were coming from some deep vaults,it flooded me, all of me . You know what he told me ? He told me Home is where always someone wait for you and says ' Don't go far off' comeback early. Where always a long day is filled with emptiness if you don't come And lastly a home is where your soul belongs.
This novel set in Spanish civil war , basically a homecoming song that drives us into deep to search for our roots and on that whole journey with Neruda's tightly holding hands , there's no chance you'll get lost. So Isabella's masterful work is a celebration of homecoming, celebration of the life of Neruda, Celebration of Chile, where you'll find a place inside you, no matter how weary you're; from there still the song birds rise.
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Reviewed in India on 10 August 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars BEST HISTORICAL FICTION
By shruti anand on 3 November 2020
A Long Petal of the Sea is a historical fiction novel (with no elements of magical realism), a family saga spanning from 1936 to 1994. Based on the true events of the ship Winnipeg which carried over 2,000 Spanish refugees from France to Chile in 1939 organized by the poet Pablo Neruda, the story follows the lives of a young doctor Victor Dalmau and his wife Roser. While the story is fictional, the book provides a realistic account of the Spanish Civil War, the political situation in Chile during WWII and after. While I enjoyed learning about the historic events depicted in the novel, getting into the story took some time as I was not much acquainted with these events but 50 pages through I was into the world that Allende has created for the readers. The beauty of words make the story what it is and a gem of the book . The realistic Spanish Civil war and the political situation in Chile during WWII are incredible detailed merged in the fabulous characters that elaborated a mind-blowing story that has dark and light moments!

“Pain is unavoidable, but suffering is optional.”
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