The Birth of Venus: A Novel

by Sarah Dunant | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0812968972 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 1/16/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I bought this trade paperback book at Yesterday's Rose in Fairfax, Virginia.

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at La Madeleine, Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 19, 2008

Released 11 yrs ago (7/19/2008 UTC) at La Madeleine, Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, Maryland USA



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Journal Entry 3 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, July 19, 2008
Picked this up at today's meetup at La Madeleine in Bethesda, Maryland.

Journal Entry 4 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Friday, August 22, 2008
This is not a book I would have ordinarily picked up. I'd heard it was kind of like Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, but it's really not at all. Yes, it's about a woman and a painter in Europe, but that's about where the similarity ends. In truth, I have no idea where the title comes from, except that it's a famous painting from the same era. Anyway, this is the life story of Alessandra Cecchi, an unusually well-educated Florentine woman in the Renaissance. Her whole life she has dreamed of becoming an artist, but such things are not considered proper for a woman. Though she is irresistibly drawn to a painter hired to paint her family's chapel, her parents marry her off to a much older man. At the same time, the brutally fundamentalist monk Savonarola has come to power, bringing terror to the city under the guise of piety.

This is an extremely passionate and graphic book. Everything is described in vivid detail, from the violence to the sex to the art. If you can handle the mental images, this is a marvelously written story. Alessandra is a believable and sympathetic narrator, progressive and intelligent without being anachronistic. The story is compelling, sometimes suspenseful, often thought-provoking. There were times when I had a lot of trouble putting it down. I will definitely be looking up Dunant's other works.

Journal Entry 5 by wingmelydiawing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Monday, September 01, 2008
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