Behind the Mic: On A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende, Read by Edoardo Ballerini
Emily Connelly and Jo Reed Discuss Allende’s New Work of Historical Fiction
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AudioFile Golden Voice Edoardo Ballerini narrates Isabel Allende’s lyrical prose with a sensitive and heartfelt narration. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Emily Connelly share their thoughts on Allende’s new work of historical fiction, A Long Petal of the Sea, set during the Spanish Civil War. Franco’s Fascists have overthrown the government, and the people of Barcelona are forced to flee. Allende traces the story of the Dalmau family as they escape first across the mountains to France, and then, with the help of poet Pablo Neruda, find refuge in Chile until they must flee another repressive government. Ballerini expertly delivers Allende’s reminder of how delicate the boundary is between precious freedom and insidious tyranny.
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