Goodreads Monday is a weekly meme that was started by @Lauren’s Page Turners. This meme is quite easy to follow – just randomly pick a book from your to-be-read list and give the reasons why you want to read it. It is that simple.


This week’s book:

A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

9781984820150_custom-62c7ebaa4cbb27999ab595e9f94503c23baace6a-s300-c85Blurb from Goodreads

In the late 1930s, civil war gripped Spain. When General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee in a treacherous journey over the mountains to the French border. Among them is Roser, a pregnant young widow, who finds her life irreversibly intertwined with that of Victor Dalmau, an army doctor and the brother of her deceased love.

In order to survive, the two must unite in a marriage neither of them wants, and together are sponsored by poet Pablo Neruda to embark on the SS Winnipeg along with 2,200 other refugees in search of a new life. As unlikely partners, they embrace exile and emigrate to Chile as the rest of Europe erupts in World War.

Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning. Over the course of their lives, they will face test after test. But they will also find joy as they wait patiently for a day when they are exiles no more, and will find friends in the most unlikely of places. Through it all, it is that hope of being reunited with their home that keeps them going. And in the end, they will find that home might have been closer than they thought all along.

Why I Want To Read It

To be honest, I wasn’t planning on buying a copy of this book by Isabel Allende. After The House of the Spirits, I wasn’t up to the task of reading any of her other works which baffles me personally because I loved The House of the Spirits. (HAHAHA). I even passed over A Long Petal of the Sea earlier this year when I was making my 2020 Top 10 Books to Look Forward to List. The book was originally published in Spanish as Largo pétalo de mar in 2019.

But then again, anyone can change their mind, especially for indecisive people born under the zodiac sign Cancer, like me. After having second thoughts and rereading what the synopsis, my interest in the novel was  piqued. Moreover, the novel belongs to a literary genre that is just my style. I had so much fun deciphering The House of the Spirits that it makes me look forward to Allende’s latest work. It makes me feel ambivalent as well. “What if it is not at par with The House of the Spirits?” lurks at the back of my mind. Nonetheless, I am due for another Allende work. It is time to re-experience her magic.

And thus ends my Goodreads Monday post! How about you fellow reader, what book do you want to read? I hope you can share it in the comment box. For now, happy reading! Have a great week ahead!