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The Lover's Path: An Illustrated Novel Hardcover – February 1, 2006
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I found the book invited me to linger over the illustrations and the beautifully designed pages, rather than rush through the story. I read it slowly, only a chapter at each sitting, immersing myself not only in the world of 16th century Venice, but in the luxurious physical presence of the book and its contents. To own this book is the kind of privilege that once only kings and queens could have known. Here, today, it can be had by anyone for a few dollars.
It was my hope, after becoming acquainted with Kris some years back, to purchase this book from a seller foremost for the art alone. I absolutely admire and swoon over her artistic talent with its nod back to the medieval times and reminds me of the art drawn in the books I sometimes view at various city art museums that have large European collections. She channels the 16th century through her work and embraces a time of bold colors and golden accents and especially the romanticism of Venice, Italy. I adore her art.
But her creative idea for writing this novella that surrounds the art is also original and unique. Filamena Ziani is the fictional younger sister created by Kris, but the sister of a true historical courtesan, Tullia Ziani. It’s evident that Kris researched meticulously the time and place in order to tell her fairy tale and molded Filamena into an ideal woman of this 16th Century Venetian time period where courtesan and prostitution work, and the subsequent laws, impacted so many women. Being able to obtain status as some form of artist (poet, musician, or creating art) was a way out of a lifetime of being marked. I feel that Kris did a wonderful job of creating Filamena so that she could better highlight the feminism elements of her book. We can feel Filamena’s courage and strength of spirit, as well as her yearning and romantic heart.Read more ›
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OMG! This is a gorgeous book and a beautiful story. It worth every penny.Published 9 months ago by Booklover_87
Ms. Waldherr combines her talent for sumptuous prose and exquisite illustrations in this book which weaves together a series of mythical re-tellings. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Heather Webb
This is a richly illustrated novella (I will note that I did have a hardback that I won several years ago) about Filomena, a young woman growing up in 16th century Venice. Read morePublished 16 months ago by P. Woodland
I've never bought an illustrated novella before but the art work just compelled me. The story weaves a rich tapestry of life in Venice and the accompanying art work serves to set... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Kindleman
The Lover’s Path: An Illustrated Novella of Venice by Kris Waldherr is an absolutely gorgeous book both in story and in the stunning art work depicted throughout its pages. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Darlene @ Peeking Between the Pages
THE LOVER'S PATH is beautiful in every way; not only is the story of the girl's secret and ultimately dangerous love wonderfully told, but the exquisite illustrations and layout... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephanie Cowell
This novel is a 16th century memoir, framed by notes from museum curators. The pages are richly illustrated, decorated with portraits, ephemera, illuminated caps, and other small... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Unabridged Chick
The story was interesting. The artwork lovely. The book was a pleasure to read and hold. The story, while not a long one held my interest.Published on May 7, 2013 by Gayle McCain