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El azul de la Virgen (The Virgin Blue) [Paperback]

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Item description for El azul de la Virgen (The Virgin Blue) by Tracy Chevalier...

Author of Girl with a Pearl Earring

Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin - two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. Ella and her husband move to France, but Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family's French ancestry. As the novel unfolds -- between the two women four hundred years apart - a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links them. This novel full of passion and intrigue compels readers to the very last page.

Description in Spanish: La historia de dos mujeres extraordinarias unidas a travs del tiempo. La joven Isabelle du Moulin vive fascinada por el profundo color azul de la hornacina de la Virgen en la iglesia del pueblo. Son malos tiempos para admirar un icono catlico: en la Francia del siglo XVI, el protestantismo libra una lucha feroz contra la vieja religin romana... Un da, mientras la observa extasiada, el reflejo del sol le vuelve sbitamente el cabello rojo. No puede saber entonces de qu modo esos dos colores, el rojo de su pelo y el azul de la Virgen, marcarn su vida. Cuatrocientos aos ms tarde, Ella Turner llega al mismo pueblo. Guiada por unos extraos sueos y con la ayuda del bibliotecario, buscar el rastro del pasado hasta desentraar el secreto familiar que ha permanecido escondido durante siglos.

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Pages   360
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.94"
Weight:   0.98 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 22, 2003
Publisher   Alfaguara
ISBN  8420400246  
ISBN13  9788420400242  

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Tracy Chevalieris theNew York Timesbestselling author of seven previous novels, includingGirl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.


Tracy Chevalier currently resides in London.

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UN LIBRO DIVINO...  Aug 16, 2004
This is the Spanish text edition of a beautifully written debut novel. Exquisite in its imagery and clarity of language, the author tells two parallel tales. One takes place in sixteenth century France, during the Protestant reformation and religious persecution of the Huguenots (Protestants). The other takes place in present day France. There are historical ties that bind these two stories, as well as a haunting familial legacy that reaches out across time to makes itself felt in the present.

The sixteenth century tale is based around a young woman, Isabelle du Moulin, who marries a boorish lout named Etienne Tournier, the oldest son of one of the more prominent families in their provincial town in France. She is a young woman upon whom the Virgin Mary made a great impression, when she was but a girl. The Tourniers, however, are believers of the new, harsh, Calvinist faith, and so Isabelle must also fully subscribe to it, if she is to survive in her husbands family and in the town in which she lives. When the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre occurs, in which Huguenots are slain without mercy throughout all of France, Isabelle is forced to flee to safety with what remains of her husband's family. Unhappy in her marriage, she goes on to have an event occur in her life that is so tragic that her pain and sorrow is made palpable in the present, touching one of her ancestors, Ella Turner.

Of course, the parallel tale focuses around Ella Turner, a young, married American woman, who moves to France with her husband Rick, in order to advance his career. Ella agrees to the move, because it will take her to the region in France from which she knows her family originated. Once in France, Emma has some difficulty acclimating to life in the small provincial town to which they have moved, as well as to its denizens. Ella also finds herself having inexplicable nightmares and begins to feel herself somewhat alienated from her husband. To occupy her time, she begins a quest to discover more about her French ancestry. As Ella's story unfolds, alternating with the parallel story of Isabelle, commonalities between the past and present begin to emerge. These parallel stories then converge in a stunning denouement to resolve a tragedy of the past in the present.

The author combines historical fiction, suspense, romance, and touch of the supernatural all in one beautifully realized novel. The author writes with the heart of a poet and the soul of a great storyteller, one whose prose is delicately nuanced as she weaves gossamer threads of a tale well told. This is simply a superlative and stunning debut novel that will keep the reader turning its pages until the very last. Bravo!


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