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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 ›
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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Isabel Allende has once again exposed the issue of racism, the power of mysticism and the innate struggle to achieve a true sense of liberty that threatens the stability of social... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Allison
This is the second Allende novel I've read. Enjoyed this one as much as I did the first. Allende a must read author for thought provoking historical fiction.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a very good, moving book - with all the magical insight of Isabel Allende. It fills in the detail of the layered history of our neighbor to the South, the many facts of... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Col H. G. Baker
At truly gripping book ..... I think there are times when the historical aspects choke the poetry of the narrative but overall a fantastic novelPublished 21 days ago by Roberto A. Prcela
A very interesting historical novel based on the revolution in Haiti that freed all of the slaves. I am learning so much everyday!Published 23 days ago by Ginger
Subject matter and historical info very interesting . Highly recommend for people with aging parents.Published 1 month ago by joyce k. johnson