THOUSAND ORANGE TREES, A (Bookring - closed!)
10 journalers for this copy...
What I love most about this novel is the beautifully written, minute detail, and the vividity of the descriptions, particularly in the story mentioned above, and also the beginning of the novel, telling of Francisca's experiences of the silk farm she has grown up on. The love story between Francisca and the priest is explosive, but by contrast, I found the palace/court scenes less entrancing, the characters less appealing.
I was a little disappointed with the ending, but on the whole this is a historical novel which leaves the majority of its genre counterparts standing.
I will release this book into a bookray at some point in the near-ish future. Please PM me if you are interested, and I will make it sooner rather than later.
A Couple of Books with Similar Themes:
Silk by Alessandro Baricco
The Palace by Lisa St Aubin de Teran
*I will make a list below of members in the order the book will travel (this may be amended later depending on shipping preferences/location etc).
*The current and previous owners of the book will be shown on the list in bold, with the current owner also marked with an arrow (>).
*Please make a journal entry when you receive the book, then read, review and release the book within 1 month of receiving it, to keep the circle turning.
*When you are ready to release the book, send a PM to the next member on the list asking for their postal details.
1. TangledThreads (UK – will ship internationally)
2. LeighBCD (UK - will ship internationally)
3. pikapolonica (Sweden - prefer to ship within Europe)
4. bookmaniac70 (Bulgaria - will ship internationally)
5. vicki9170 (USA – will ship internationally)
6. caligula03 (USA – ship internationally)
7. morpha (USA - will ship USA, Canada, Mexico)
>8. spaceystacey (USA - will ship internationally)
9. BecFromMD (USA)
10. symphonicca (Austria) back to me
11. tangledthreads (UK)
Forwarded to the first member of this bookring, LeighBCD. Hope you enjoy it!
This is a portrait of Carlos II of Spain taken in 1689 around the time of Marie Louise's death. Assuming that the portrait painter was under pressure to make him look good, there seems little doubt that he was not an attractive man in real life. The whole wet nurse/breast milk thing I found quite repulsive... I believe this part of his characterisation is based on fact - I found references to this on the internet.
I enjoyed this novel and am very glad I joined the bookring. I will send the novel on to the next person as soon as I obtain address details. Thanks tangledthreads!
On its way... enjoy, enjoy!
Update (3rd March): interesting book. Each of the two women had an amazing and sometimes horrible story. However, I think that the books lacks a connection between the two stories. What did the two women, the daughter of the poor silk weaver and the French queen of Spain, have in common except that they were born on the same day? Their stories do not really cross. Also, after reading the afterword by the author, I was not sure how much of the book was based on historical facts, since she mentions some major discrepancies which she made on purpose to make the story more convincing. But an interesting read nevertheless.
Now on to bookmaniac70.
Thanks,picapolonica,for sending it my way!
I liked the beginning and the whole business with silk worms.Somehow,I wished this thread were kept a bit longer in the plot.
Also,I didn`t understand if Francisca had any gift beyond the normal.What,at the end,was so exceptional in her- that she dreamed,fantasised much? Could she foresee things? This didn`t become clear to me.
I liked the beautiful descriptions of Maria`s dreams and the picture of the orange trees.In general,the book was good and I enjoyed reading it.I already PM-ed the next one from the list.
Mailing to Morpha on Saturday.
I did enjoy the story of the silk. As a weaver myself, how could I not?
I agree that the most beautiful part of the book is the description of the orange trees, and of the child that played among them. Unlike all in the ring so far, I do not have a favorite between the two women. I like the contrast of their cultures. Despite the strength of one and the nobility of the other, both are sacrificed; one to the Church and the other to politics.
Not an uplifting story by any means.
Sending on to spaceystacey in Texas.
Just after this book's arrival, my husband was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. He passed away on April 6, 2005. I will make every attemtpt to get this book read and posting out to the next reader.
11/5/2007 Sorry that I had had this one for so very long. I have less than 100 pages left and will finish soon. It will be posted off the Maryland just as soon as I finish reading and have the mailing address. An absolutely marvelous read. Held my attention throughout. I have to say that I sure am glad to have not lived during this historical timeframe. What sadness both of these young ladies had to endure. Full of wonderfully written passages that just paint the scene so vividly, I thought I too was journeying with the nine glass caskets of flowers.
Hope you all enjoy this read as much as I did.
Started reading May 25
Thanks for sharing tangledthreads. Please PM me your mailing address and i will pop this in the mail soon for its return home!
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
Left this in the book exchange shelf in the reception area of the Namibia hotel. Lots of german books there--- hopefully this one stands out as one of the few english language ones!