Island Beneath the Sea

Island Beneath the Sea

A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Born into slavery on the island of Saint-Domingue, Zarite, young Tete and her fellow slaves find solace in what remains of the African heritage. But when 20-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives to the island in 1770, he comes to rely on Tete's servitude. Over the course of four decades, Tete learns of humanity's great potential for both progress and cruelty.
Publisher: New York : Harper Audio ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, p2010
ISBN: 9780061993626
Branch Call Number: ALL
Characteristics: 14 compact discs (16 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Merkerson, S. Epatha 1952-

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Natillez Feb 05, 2013

My first time reading this author's work. An excellent read with a vivid depiction of love, loss, and slavery in Haiti through the eyes of a female mulato slave, Tété. Very well developed characters with historical fiction intertwined.

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poodlegirl
Oct 31, 2011

Good story but it does ramble on a bit. Very interesting part of history as it relates to the U.S.

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mawall
Jan 28, 2011

loved the historical info on Haitai. Main women is strong will. I.Island Beneath the Sea isn't Allende's greatest work, but would recomment.

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Mosaic
Nov 27, 2010

An excellent reading!

Born a slave on the island of Saint-Domingue, 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. Though her childhood is one of brutality and fear, TÉtÉ finds solace in the traditional rhythms of African drums and in the voodoo loas she discovers through her fellow slaves.

When twenty-year-old Toulouse Valmorain arrives on the island in 1770, it’s with powdered wigs in his baggage and dreams of financial success in his mind. But running his father’s plantation, Saint Lazare, is neither glamorous nor easy. It will be eight years before he brings home a bride -- but marriage, too, proves more difficult than he imagined. And Valmorain remains dependent on the services of his teenaged slave.

Spanning four decades, Island Beneath the Sea is the moving story of the intertwined lives of TÉtÉ and Valmorain, and of one woman’s determination to find love amid loss, to offer humanity though her own has been battered, and to forge her own identity in the cruellest of circumstances.

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