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Dancing is one of the many things I should be good at that I am not. Unlike my sister. Plautilla can move across the floor like water and sing a stave of music like a song bird, while I, who can translate both Latin and Greek faster than she or my brothers can read it, have club feet on the dance floor and a voice like a crow. Though I swear if I were to paint the scale I could do it in a flash: shining gold leaf for the top notes falling through ochres and reds into hot purple and deepest blue.
Alessandra's story, though central, is only one part of this multi-faceted and complex historical novel. Dunant paints a fascinating array of women onto her dark canvas, each representing the various fates of early Renaissance women: Alessandra's lovely (if simple) sister Plautilla is interested only in marrying rich and presiding over a household; the brave Erila, Alessandra's North African servant (and willing accomplice) has such a frank understanding of the limitations of her sex that she often escapes them; and Signora Cecchi, Alessandra's beautiful but weary mother tries to encourage yet temper the passions of her wayward daughter.
A luminous and lush novel, The Birth of Venus, at its heart, is a mysterious and sensual story with razor-sharp teeth. Like Alessandra, Dunant has a painter's eye--her writing is rich and evocative, luxuriating in colors and textures of the city, the people, and the art of 15th-century Florence. Reminiscent of Tracy Chevalier's Girl with a Pearl Earring, but with sensual splashes of color and the occasional thrill of fear, Dunant's novel is both exciting and enchanting. --Daphne Durham --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It's rare to have a book that keeps me awake at night. Incredible story that couldn't stop reading. The author writes in such a way that the reader feels it's inside story.Published 14 days ago by Sandra Borja-Santos
Beautifully and skillfully written! I plan to read this historical novel again!Published 22 days ago by Beth Taylor
Thoroughly enjoyable. Some historical elements mixed with a colorful story. Uncomplicated, slightly romantic with some suspense too. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Moses
Great historical account of Florence after death of Lorenzo di Medici.
Interesting view of the conflict among the artists, the church, and the politicians. Read more
I chose this book by it's title and the book blurb on the back. Set in Florence at a turning point in history, as Lorenzo Medici ends his reign and the monk, Savonarola, seizes his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tribalchick
Beautifully written and hard to put down. This is the second book I have read by this author and I intend to read all of her books. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susan McRee
I did not bother to plod through this book despite Dunant's beautiful flowing writing style, the saving grace fo this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Lady
Human emotion in all it's glory and all it's darkness...told by an honest woman. Interesting in the history of the story and interesting in the story of men and woman's needs.Published 3 months ago by David Lee
think the author is kind of twisted. This concept of a tattooed serpent on a nun's body vis too much not to mention the animal entrails she worePublished 4 months ago by deborah thieriot