Industrial-Sized Deals Shop all Back to School Shop Women's Handbags Learn more nav_sap_SWP_6M_fly_beacon $5 Albums $5 Off Fire TV Stick Off to College Essentials Shop Popular Services gotS5 gotS5 gotS5  Amazon Echo Starting at $99 Kindle Voyage Metal Gear Solid 5 Shop Back to School with Amazon Back to School with Amazon Outdoor Recreation Learn more
The Marchesa: A Novel and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
Qty:1
  • List Price: $22.00
  • Save: $5.11 (23%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
The Marchesa: A Novel has been added to your Cart
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Good | Details
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: Book shows a small amount of wear to cover and binding. Some pages show signs of use. Sail the Seas of Value.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

The Marchesa: A Novel Paperback – June 24, 2008

4 customer reviews

See all 6 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$16.89
$6.75 $1.92

The Automobile Club of Egypt: A novel by Alaa Al Aswany
Featured New Release in Literature & Fiction
Check out The Automobile Club of Egypt, by Alaa Al Aswany, a featured new release this month. Learn more | See related books
$16.89 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

The Marchesa: A Novel + The Nun + The Almond Picker: A Novel
Price for all three: $48.66

Buy the selected items together

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

The lifestyles of the rich and famous--late-nineteenth-century Sicilian version. This historical novel has incest, child sexual abuse, adultery, an extreme case of sibling rivalry, civil revolution, and the rising Mafia. Set in the Italian Risorgimento, this is a version of the life of Costanza Safamito, from her premature birth and rejection by her mother to her marriage to the charming but feckless Pietro di Sabbiamena. Initially a little slow (the description of Costanza's baptismal festivities has about half of the lengthy cast of characters--all without previous introduction), the book gains momentum and interest with the life of the young baroness Costanza. The third-person narrative is divided into 84 chapters of varying lengths, each headed by a folk saying and a short list of what will transpire in the chapter. Primary and secondary characters are drawn clearly, and some are truly memorable. Charming and engaging. Ellen Loughran
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Review

Charming and engaging, this novel will please readers of family sagas as well as fans of Hornby's first book. (Booklist)

In this wonderful follow-up to her acclaimed novel The Almond Picker, Hornby again delves into the lives of an Italian family. . . . An engrossing tale of one young woman's perspective on a dramatic time in Italian history. Highly recommended. (Library Journal)

A voluptuously enjoyable historical novel . . . [its] luscious imagery, emphasis on family mythology and constantly conflicting passions all make for an entertaining read. (The Guardian (UK))

See all Editorial Reviews
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312427476
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312427474
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,754,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith on April 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
.. the second is that of possessions and the third is that of love. And if a person has three fine, long strands, then the braid is very beautiful and she will live a happy life.'

`What's the use of the old sayings if they're not true?'

Costanza is a skinny, shy young woman with flame-red hair. She is also the adored daughter of Baron Domenico Safamita. Their country estate boasts twenty-five servants, and the days glide by. `The bearing of the aristocrats had its own inborn elegance.'

But when Costanza is named heir to the family fortune, her life is turned upside down. In Palermo, Costanza meets Pietro di Sabbiamena, a charming, dissolute nobleman. She falls in love, and they soon marry. But there are all sorts of reasons why there is no `happy ever after' ending to this marriage and it is the explaining and exploring of those reasons which provides the story. Set in the upheaval of nineteenth century Sicily: the collapse of the Bourbon monarchy and the rise of the Mafia provide a backdrop for the decay not just of a family but also of the aristocracy.

There are many detailed layers in this novel, and some of them are easier to follow than others. But each layer is relevant to at least one of the stories being recounted. Costanza may be the main character but hers is not the only story being told.

`That's how our world is.'

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
7 Comments Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Gordon on December 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
It's true that there are many characters introduced in the novel, many of which are of no overall consequence to the story. However, once you get past that, the story itself is pleasant and moving.

The tangled, incestuous love story is not the primary focus of the story. In many ways, this is a coming of age story of a woman unloved by her mother, unloved by her husband--who eventually comes into her own. All this is against a historic backdrop.

The writing quality is solid, although the plot can seem unfocused at times because of all the tangential stories.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. Dawson on August 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Marchesa follows the life of Costanza Safamito from premature birth to death in late-nineteenth-century Sicily. The Safamitos are wealthy landowners grappling with dramatic problems, including incest, child sexual abuse, adultery, sibling rivalry, civil revolution, and the powerful Mafia. I enjoyed seeing this testosterone-charged world from the perspective of a strong female protagonist, but, given the exotic setting and surprising plot twists, this book was surprisingly slow-moving. Hornby haphazardly introduces too many characters, many of which appear only once or twice. This is distracting and interrupts the flow of the narrative. Hornby also maintains a deadening distance between the protagonist and the reader for most of the book. I never connected with Costanza or understood her motivations. Finally, the prose is awkward in many places (although some of the landscape descriptions are very well done). This prevailing awkwardness might stem from a bad translation, but regardless of the source of the problem, it detracts from the overall effect of the book. Ultimately, I quite enjoyed the last 75 pages or so because the pace quickened and the minor characters disappeared, but if this setting and story appeal to you, I recommend The Leopard by Giuseppe di Lampedeusa.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Reviewer on January 14, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this novel in English for an Italian literature class where I was going to be required to read it in Italian. Once I got into it, I couldn't put it down. It is the story of two intertwining lives, the marchesa and her wet nurse. As the story unfolds, several mysteries are revealed.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?