The Black Isle by Sandi TanThe Black Isle by Sandi Tan

The Black Isle

bySandi Tan

Hardcover | August 7, 2012

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There are ghosts on the Black Isle.
Ghosts that no one can see.
No one...except Cassandra.

Uprooted from Shanghai with her father and twin brother, young Cassandra finds the Black Isle's bustling, immigrant-filled seaport, swampy jungle, and grand rubber plantations a sharp contrast to the city of her childhood. And she soon makes another discovery: the Black Isle is swarming with ghosts.

Haunted and lonely, Cassandra at first tries to ignore her ability to see the restless apparitions that drift down the street and crouch in cold corners at school. Yet despite her struggles with these spirits, Cassandra comes to love her troubled new home. And soon, she attracts the notice of a dangerously charismatic man.

Even as she becomes a fearless young woman, the Isle's dark forces won't let her go. War is looming, and Cassandra wonders if her unique gift might be her beloved island's only chance for salvation . . .

Taking readers from the 1920s, through the Japanese occupation during WWII, to the Isle's radical transformation into a gleaming cosmopolitan city, THE BLACK ISLE is a sweeping epic--a deeply imagined, fiercely original tale from a vibrant new voice in fiction.
Sandi Tan was born in Singapore and has an MFA in screenwriting from Columbia University. Her short films have been shown around the world at venues such as the New York Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand, MoMA, and on European television. She lives in Pasadena, California, with her husband, the critic John Powers, and their bossy Siamese...
Title:The Black IsleFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.5 inPublished:August 7, 2012Publisher:Grand Central PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0446563927

ISBN - 13:9780446563925


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Black Isle After a hard start a grand book ! I can fully understand I am a sensitive.... ghosts and passed anguish do truly do exist......
Date published: 2014-09-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from The Black Isle Terrible book. So boring, I'm sorry I wasted my time.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting and moving story I would not normally read this type of book, but I'm glad I chose to take a chance on it. It is written well and keeps the reader engaged and wanting to know the final outcome of the characters.
Date published: 2014-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting and moving story This book was a great book one of the best I have ever read It was so clear and inviting wonderful.......
Date published: 2013-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book I truly loved this book. It was very well written. The characters were very believable. I would read this again.
Date published: 2013-12-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Absolutely Terrible The reason I bought this book was because the cover caught my eye & it sounded very interesting on the back. I was really excited to be reading about a girl who can see ghosts. It didn't start out terrible. But not even half way through this book got very weird & very confusing. Then the book got very very boring & I began to really not like reading it. But I did finish it & basically the whole beginning of the book is pointless for what comes in the end. Its like three stories in one....three long boring stories. I really thought it would be more about Cassandra seeing ghosts & using her power but really it was just about her love life & the war. She didn't really use her power at all. Very disappointing overall & I will not be reading any more of this authors books.
Date published: 2013-05-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing This book started out with amazing promise. I loved the author's style and her characters were interesting and fun to get to know - even the ones I loved to hate. The story of a family torn apart and Cassandra's ability to see ghosts is compelling. I loved the culture that I was being introduced to and had great expectations of writing a positive review of a remarkable book. So what happened? For reasons I don't understand (and I'm willing to consider that I might have come to understand had I continued reading) the author took the main character twins to a place that would have been better never explored. SPOILER ALERT! I couldn't get my head around incest and rape between twins that had not shown any of these inclinations through the beginning of the story. It seemed to be a sudden, unexplained, eruption of evil that sprung out of nothing. Like the scene in a movie thrown in to raise the rating. It felt unneccessary and lowered my opinion of the author and the characters. I couldn't get past it and put the book down never to be pickd back up. A huge disappointment.
Date published: 2013-05-13

Editorial Reviews

"The narrator of The Black Isle recounts her tales of fantastic events -- erotic, supernatural, horrific -- so convincingly that Tarot cards might as well be baseball cards in her book. An irresistible feat of storytelling, The Black Isle blends what Midnight's Children did for the former Bombay with what Dorothy did for Oz."-Tom Carson, author of Gilligan's Wake and Daisy Buchanan's Daughter