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Sunday, August 22, 2021

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

Aloha Everyone,

Isabel Allende is one of my favorite contemporary writers. With an extensive background research incorporating real historical events and historical individuals, she introduces her fictional characters.  

The story follows two refugees from the Spanish Civil War. Their lives guided by events that were far beyond their control. This is a story of friendship, trust, despair and hope. And finally, it is a story of family and true love.  

Here are some notable quotes from the book:

  “Going around in a sulk will get you nowhere. Pain 
   is unavoidable, but suffering is optional.”

  “Nothing can grow in the shade of secrets, she would
   say, love needs light and space to flourish.”

  “We have to defend democracy, but remember that
   not everything is politics. Without science, industry, 
   and technology, no progress is possible, and 
   without music and art, there's no soul.”

   “Their longstanding friendship turned into a deeper 
    complicity in which there was no room for secrets, 
   suspicion, or offense; they started from the 
   principle that they would never hurt each other and 
   that if this happened, it would be unintentional. 
   They protected each other, which made their 
   present hardships and the ghosts of the past 

Aloha -- Cathi