Island Beneath the Sea (2009)Isabel Allende 

Just finished listening to this great novel on audible. Narrator not great  but such a story to tell made up for it! Allende’s best so far. Her success bringing the rich swirl of passion and pain, slaver7005479y and freedom, colony and revolution of French St. Domingue- Haiti-New Orleans in late 18th century Atlantic world is up with Marlon James similar “Book of Night Women.” English Jamaica in early 18th is setting for his messy “blood clot” world of the sugar islands in the age of “sweetness and power.” Historical fiction like this is built to last. As an historian with great interest in this area I have read much of the important new scholarship since David Brion Davis “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Revolution” (1975) to his “The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation” (2013) and the Robin Blackburn trilogy in between. The good news is that Allende and James must have read it too!

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