The Birth of Venus: A Novel

by Sarah Dunant | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0812968972 Global Overview for this book
Registered by sdshellybean of San Diego, California USA on 1/19/2007
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Journal Entry 1 by sdshellybean from San Diego, California USA on Friday, January 19, 2007
Nice twisty-turny historical novel set in 15th century Florence. Told from the point of view of a young woman.

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Journal Entry 2 by karendawn from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Thursday, January 25, 2007
Arrived today from PaperBackSwap. Thank you!

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Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities." But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola's reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra's married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art.

Journal Entry 3 by karendawn at on Sunday, March 18, 2007

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Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
received in the mail today. I took this out of the Historical Fiction VBB

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, September 26, 2010
Alessandra Cecchi is a very precocious 14 year old when her father brings a young Northern Italian painter in to paint the chapel in the family's palazzo. Allessandra's father is a wealthy merchant in the Renaissance. Florence is under the influence of the Medicis with their love of art and luxury. But Savonarola, a religious monk, is trying to gain political power and life is becoming more violent and morally suffocating. In the midst of all this, the French are threatening to invade.

Alessandra loves to draw and finds the new painter attractive and mysterious. With the French on the doorstep of Florence, Alessandra is given a choice of being sent to a convent or marrying quickly. Her married life is a disaster but Alessandra is allowed the freedom to pursue her art.

Like many of Dunant's books, this is a very sexual book and has a few twists and turns. I did find it quite unrealistic that a child like Alessandra would be so worldly and knowledgeable sexually. That aside, I did find the book interesting in the historical area and a different turn on possible events.

Journal Entry 6 by wingAceofHeartswing at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, October 01, 2010
mailed today to Terra for Rockyhorror who is her birthday partner

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