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Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf (Contemporary English Language Fiction) Kindle Edition
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There is no product description here or on the book. There isn't one at the publisher's site either - but they do have several reviews posted there (dedalusbooks). I won't copy from the reviews of others, so do read those.
The Inquisition is in bloom and heretics are treated in ways that are described in detail. If you do not like questioning normal Christian or Roman Catholic beliefs - you will not like this book. If you do not want to read intimate descriptions of sex or be exposed to visceral scenes, then run from this one.
Madsen has put together the darnedest bunch of characters I've ever seen combined into one book. The depth to which he takes us into their lives and world is amazing. I was further amazed by the characters I was rooting for and those I was disliking immensely.
Given the setting, time period and subject, it is obligatory that we meet certain famous artists; certain famous folks of religious history and those intimately involved in the machinations of the powerful of that age. The book is filled with dark humor, and I absolutely refuse to reveal the passages that had me laughing out loud (and there were many).
The book is very well written and flows smoothly. Though some of the subject matter is shocking, Madsen does not resort to excess drama. All is told, with great results, in straightforward style.Read more ›
In essence, "Memoirs of a Gnostic Dwarf" is a story of the mysticism of Gnostic thought, orbiting around the interesting and sometimes madcap reign of Pope Leo X, Giovanni de Medici. Peppe (the dwarf) serves as narrator by providing glimpses of his youth, his introduction to Gnosticism, love, and education, which ultimately lands him in a circus, and then the 'court' of Leo X (itself not an actual circus, though one could make that arguement based on Peppe's descriptions).
Peppe is more tragic than comic. He ruminates on his physically painful youth (did I mention he has a rather large hump on his back?) "In the beginning was the pain, and the pain was with me, and the pain was me. It constituted the entirety of my burgeoning consciousness."
And one can't help but make comparisons to George R.R. Martin's own tortured dwarf, Tyrion Lannister. Peppe's mother, in a drunken fit, says, "God knows, I should have suffocated you at birth." Peppe responds in his narrative, "There was a time when I would have wholeheartedly agreed with this; now, however, I am rather glad that she did not suffocate me at birth. Strange, isn't it, how one can always learn to love oneself, however ghastly one is?"
Madsen displays a large and complex vocabulary which dually proves the literate nature of the writer as well as the value of having an e-reader with a built-in dictionary. His writing is big, bold and vividly descriptive.
In one particularly expressive scene, Peppe's only love is tortured for heresy.Read more ›
After reading this you will understand the history as to why Italy changes governments more frequently than any nation in the West.
This novel had potential, Leo X, a rumoured gay pope, an historically tumultuous time and when Raphael, Michelangelo and Da Vinci were also enlightening the world.
However, whilst the writing was often enjoyable and the plot interesting, the novel failed to take off, a little like Da Vinci's aeroplane theories mentioned in the book.
The memoir dragged as the reader became less and less interested in the Gnostic Dwarf's life and sadly the Epilogue was just too ridiculous to be credible and left the reader cheated by a ho-hum much used historically cliched ending
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you'd like to read a novel written entirely from the point of view of Tyrion Lannister, this may be as close as you can come. The beginning is witty, dirty, and deliciously fun. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Katharine Tree
I thought this was a good historical fiction work, and it kept me interested. My only complaint was that the author uses far to many obscure words. Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by AbbeyOMy
Sick of the Sex stuff.
It got to the point where I was sick of hearing about his sexual desires
I felt as if I was stuck in a loop, with only slight variations on a theme.
I don't know if the author was trying to offend, but in places it was tacky, not enough to... Read more
Reading MEMOIRS OF A GNOSTIC DWARF made me think of "The Uncle Charles Principle." This is when an author slips out of his omniscient view as he writes, and instead adopts the view... Read morePublished on April 27, 2013 by Ken Korczak
This was a fascinating book. It certainly gives one an alternate view of life at the Vatican during the middle ages.Published on April 4, 2013 by Donna Nagely
The author did a great deal of research before starting this journey and takes us into the back streets of Italy as well as into the golden rooms of the Vatican. Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Betty Bee Searles
Once in a while I come across a book that I just cannot finish reading. This is one of those. Too intellectual? To obtuse? Definitely very crude. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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