Isabel Allende's "Island beneath the Sea" is a beautiful book about love, lust, war, slavery, anger, aggression, hope and fear.
Along with the mulatta slave Zarité, the reader travels through the 18th century island of Saint-Domingue (current Haiti) to Havana, then all the way to New Orleans.
"Island beneath the Sea" is definitely not for the faint-hearted... many gruesome scenes are described in vivid detail... However, there is reason for hope and even (impossible) love!
I was really captured by this book... could not put it away at night. It taught me a lot about the history of the Caribbean, colonialism and slavery. But it was much more than that...!
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