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A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende review - a sweeping historical saga

1 month ago   |   By The Guardian

Allende's novel spans generations and countries as it follows a real-life doctor from the Spanish civil war to the fall of Pinochet Isabel Allende's 23rd book begins in the furnace of the Spanish civil war, where trainee doctor Victor Dalmau is holding a human heart between his hands, and ends more than 50 years later in a Chile recovering from the fall of Pinochet. Through that huge span, we follow Victor and his wife, Roser, as they flee across continents and witness the decades-long fallout from Franco's rise to power. Given that Allende has set herself the task of covering half a...
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