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Star Island Paperback – June 21, 2011
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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 ›
This book was so beautifully written. Kudos to Isabel. Her books are well worth the effort that she puts into them.
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 ›
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A beautiful and rich novel with depth, complexity, mysticism, and insight into the human condition. The entire time I was reading this book, I felt that the heat of the tropical... Read morePublished 3 days ago by HalKid2
True Allende! Some elements of the "spirits" and culture of the islands. Enjoyed the history of the islands which are now both in crisis and tourist spots, Humanized the... Read morePublished 11 days ago by rosemary arena
This book could not hold my attention alone. I often got bored with it, so I read other books in between. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Natalia L Gian
This was a fabulous book about an incredibly volatile time in the history of French colonization, slavery, and the rising up of the Africans who were brought unwillingly to Saint... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Dorothy A. Allen & J T MALLON
Most of the negative reviews for this book are actually reviews for a book by Carl Hiassen, which have been archived in the wrong place, giving a distorted picture of the response... Read morePublished 24 days ago by messa_di_voce
Vintage Carl Hiaasen. Have read and enjoyed everyone of his books that I could find. Really like his " Skink" books the best.Published 1 month ago by The Beewisperier