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(I read this novel manuscript before it was sent to the publisher and sent this note to Ellyn):
Bravo! I think that you have a first rate novel. It is very publishable in my opinion. It has all the readability of a Romeo and Juliet, a revenge tragedy, a rape of Helen, and a bit of Harlequin romance.
Your novel is well researched, very academic without being pedantic, a captivating prose style, an intriguing plot line which drives the reader to the end, and interesting characters. Your novel is in the mainstream of post-modern fiction with the use of real historical figures in real historical time put into a fictional story. See Findley's Pilgrim with Carl Jung or Peter Carey's The True History of the Kelly Gang. This fact makes your novel even more publishable.
Your knowledge of music and languages is remarkable and yet never detracts from the narrative. Your conclusion is perfect - leading the reader to wanting a reunion of your heroes, but with the realistic, tragic ending... yet with a cathartic sense of elation. Your geography of Venice, Sienna and Vienna is accurate.
About the question of inclusion of your poetry? Again it is typical of post modern novels to incorporate a variety of genres (a bit of dramatic form, some personal editorializing, and some poetry).
Finally, forget everything I've said and send it to a publisher now. It is an intriguing and mature piece of fiction. The revelation at the end is Dickensian; I mean that as a compliment. There were hints, but you kept it hidden to the end. Your descriptions of Antonia's hair are brilliant. Antonia, Vivaldi and Paolina are very memorable characters.
Good luck! I look forward to your next "publication".
The plot is clever and well-paced, and I found the denouement deeply satisfying. The meditation on identity is deft; with changes of name, wearing of masks, transcripts of a soul-journal, obscured parenthood... so much to reflect on. Yet above all, the author writes about longing, pining, yearning, loss and separation with such exquisite and painful clarity.
This story is a feast for the senses: sound, taste, smell, vision and touch are all evoked with great skill. I feel as though I have seen a film, or even been present during the story. I loved the book, and I feel greatly privileged to have a glimpse of the author’s spiritual self through reading it.