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Star Island Mass Market Paperback – February 1, 2012
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In ISLAND BENEATH THE SEA, Allende looks at two people: a slave who grows into her own with a talent in voodoo, and Toulouse Valmorain, a young man who is trying to fit into society's predetermined characteristics of a successful young man. Both of their travails are difficult, and they find themselves drawn to and dependent upon each other for their survival in some very rough waters. The island of the title is Saint-Domingue, and Zarité --- known as Tété --- is "the daughter of an African mother she never knew and one of the white sailors who brought her into bondage." Tété finds solace from the daily horrors and fears of her childhood in the traditional rhythms of African drums as well as the voodoo loas she comes to be educated in by her fellow slaves.
Twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain comes to Saint-Dominigue in 1770. It's as if he's a contemporary financier who is coming to Manhattan to become a billionaire. With a bevy of powdered wigs in his baggage, he comes to run his father's plantation, Saint Lazare. The work is hard, more difficult than he could have been prepared to expect.Read more ›
Cherry Pye epitomizes everything that is disturbing about modern celebrity. With a lack of talent, but backed by an ambitious team, Cherry has risen to teenage stardom despite an obliviousness to her surroundings. Keeping Cherry's image somewhat intact amidst rampant promiscuity and drug use is a full time job for an entire entourage of handlers. With self-promoting parents, a pair of publicists surgically enhanced to appear identical, a desperate record label executive, a wannabe boyfriend, a stand-in to handle social events when Cherry is incapacitated, and a new body guard with a weed whacker in place of an arm--Hiaasen has compiled enough hilariously repellant characters to fill several novels! Add a corpulent paparazzo who's practically stalking Cherry to her death and an ex-politician who has turned into a rogue environmental terrorist and "Star Island" is overflowing with local color!
I think the primary criticism that some readers might have with "Star Island" is its lack of a real heart--none of the characters proves to be an identifiable protagonist.Read more ›
This book was so beautifully written. Kudos to Isabel. Her books are well worth the effort that she puts into them.
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I was born and raised in Haiti studying my history. I enjoyed every page. Accurate historical fiction!Published 3 days ago by Carline Jean
A beautifully written story of the Dominican Republic and slavery. My favorite author hits it out of the park once again.Published 7 days ago by Frog Pond Enterprises, Inc.
I love Carl Hiaasen. His books are outlandish, ridiculous, hyperbolic nonsense, and yet perfectly sum up so much of Florida life in the wilds of the rich and corrupt.Published 7 days ago by Brenda M
Enjoy her writing, her grasp of history and development of characters. I think that I will try to read all her books, this was my second one. You will enjoy them!Published 12 days ago by Anit
Unfortunately, I just can't root for any character in the book. The all feel superficial to me. It's amazing how profoundly moving a topic and intricate history can be written... Read morePublished 15 days ago by VT
I totally enjoyed reading this book. Isabel Allende never disappoints. Just wish her other books were not as expensive. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Peg wilkie
This is a "sweeping" historical novel in the genre of Taylor Caldwell that bridges colonial plantation life in pre-revolutionary Haiti to colonial plantation life in Louisiana as... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mariah MacKay
Very funny, and very "Florida". Bizarre, crazy characters that are pretty well developed. Loved it. I'm looking forward to reading more Skink and Hiassen.Published 21 days ago by S. Turrisi