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A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century Paperback – April 12, 2005
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Andrea Memmo is the scion of an ancient Venetian family, destined by blood and talent to become one of the most powerful politican-functionaries of a dying republic. Memmo is steeped in the ideas that were "in the air" of the Enlightenment and reform, mentored by some of the most brillant men of the era, and friends with such colorful figures as Casanova and Denon, the later founder of the Louvre for Napoleon. Also witty and handsome, he seemed destined for greatness from the youngest age. Then he met Giustiniana, a semi-aristocrat whose mother was Greek and whose father was of "solid stock" from Britain, and Andrea's life took an unexpected turn involving passion, secrecy, and impossible hopes; she was one of the great beauties in the British expatriot circles. However, by tradition that extends to the Venetian bureaucracy, Memmo must marry a "correctly" aristocratic woman by family arrangement.
The author does a brilliant job of placing these two in the context of the times. As the reader, you sympathise with the concerns of all the protagonists, from Andrea's familial obligations to Giustiniana's difficult mother who wants to avoid unneceassy prying into her murky past.Read more ›
The reader will go the full gamut of emotions while reading "A Venetian Affair". Passion, desire, erotica, humor, jealousy, rage, scandal, and more color the events recounted. This is not just a story of passive emotional suffering. The lovers never stop fighting back at the obstacles imposed on them. They plan and plot and as time and separation - the other two great protagonists in their story - play their parts, the lovers invent new roles for each other.
Besides the alluring story of that clandestine love affair, the reader is also seduced by the fascinating details about the manuscripts that form the basis for the memoir: A stash of letters found in a family attic in a palazzo on the Canal Grande, over a hundred of them, that provide many missing pieces to the mosaic of the love story. The author shares with us the excitement of their discovery, and the family tragedy that ultimately destined him to be the author of this book.
"A Venetian Affair" is not only an beautiful love story well written, but also a carefully researched biography of two very important people in late Eighteenth century Venice. Andrea Memmo was one the last great statesmen of the oldest Republic in the world, and Giustiniana Wynne was an acclaimed author in her time. Memmo is still remembered today for many of his civic endeavors. Giustiniana is a 'lost' woman writer waiting to be rediscovered.
The author's style is simply delightful - sparkling and elegant. A highly recommended read.
It is the story of the illicit love affair between Andrea and Giustiniana, which began in 1754. Banned from seeing one another, they must communicate surreptitiously, stealing embraces and kisses whenever they can. They must hide especially from the eagle eyes of Giustiniana's Greek- English mother, Anna, who won't allow her daughter to marry a member of the Venetian aristocracy. Di Robilant also puts in excerpts from the two lovers' letters, giving the reader a sense of proximity to this book, which reads more like a novel than a straightforward book on history. The use of masks in 18th century culture is indicative of the way in which Andrea and Giustiniana must conduct their affair.
Its a beautifully written story, one of passion, jealousy, and, especially, love. I was enchanted by the language Di Robilant used to bring this story to life on the page, and by the masterful way in which he carried it out. Di Robilant catches the air of mid-18th century Venice perfectly: the salons, the balls, and the intrigues. It will keep you reading from stormy, sudden beginning to stormy, sudden ending.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book. The story is so compelling, involving so many famous names of the 18th-century, and told by di Robilant with sensitivity and a deep understanding of history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa Colletta
I found this a bit hard to get into, but fascinating.Published 10 months ago by Patricia A Favorite
When I started reading I cannot stop till I finish making me up till 4:00am. Everything is about love!Published 14 months ago by Safiatou Ba
Love this book, great if you visit Venice and like a travel companion.Published 15 months ago by Snapphanen
Easy reading. The romance and letters exchanged were so detailed and the delivery service back then was amazing. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Peggy Hansen
Terrific history lesson on times in Italy, France and England during the late 1700's.
I loved hearing the view of the times thru the main characters eyes. Read more
Book did not create a sense of beauty or description of venice just a he said she said love story
For better ready try Susan Dunant books that are thoroughly research... Read more
About half way through it became clear that this affair was increasingly degrading to the young lovers and was not ever going to have a happy ending. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Green Mountain Mama
The story line itself has some interesting bits but overall, the writing is simply very tedious. I continued to push on and read to the end in hopes it would improve - it didn't.Published on January 11, 2014 by S Hahn