The Island of Eternal Love

The Island of Eternal Love

by Daína Chaviano

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The Island of Eternal Love 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Cuban/American i migrated with my family in the early dixties and this book has given me a better understanding of my roots great read keeps you engaged on the story
Ada Vilageliu-Diaz More than 1 year ago
This is a CARIBBEAN GOTHIC novel you will love. This love story, ghost story, and historical novel celebrates the diverse roots of Cuban culture and its Miami diaspora. More importantly, this work explores the Chinese presence in Cuba in ways rarely presented before.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Born in Cuba, Cecilia left in 1994 settling in Miami's Little Havana; she has since become a reporter. Her friends persuade a hesitant Cecilia to accompany them to a club, which she finds totally boring. She is ready to leave when she meets an elderly woman in the back. Amalia begins telling a fascinated Cecilia re her family heritage. Every night Cecilia returns to hear more about how Amalia's three racial-makeups that consolidated into hybrids in Cuba. The old woman adds plenty of romance, violence and blood along with fairies and imps assaulting the females. Especially cursing her relatives for generations is Martinico the imp who has seemingly harassed her and her family forever. Using a Sherazade like narrator and fantasy elements also like in the Arabian Nights, Daina Chaviano provides an intriguing creative look at the multicultural roots that merged in Cuba. Thus readers obtain a glimpse at the impact of the Chine and the Spanish and to a lesser degree the African. Fans of historical fiction with a fascinating spin that will require an adjustment will enjoy the deep look at Cuban history and culture. Harriet Klausner
luislago on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a family saga that takes place along two parallel lines: one in our time and another that begins in the 19 Century. The modern story revolves around the paranormal investigations of a young journalist researching a phantom house that appears and disappears in different parts of her city, Miami. Different magical or supernatural events conspire to make these three stories from the past begin to mix. One of the best things is the interaction between the fantastic and the real worlds. I enjoyed the connection between humans and fantasy creatures. Once I began reading, I could not stop. I literally devoured the almost 400 pages.