The Birth of Venus: A Novel Audio CD
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I especially loved the references to art and faith, and feel this is a story many will quickly jump in and sail along with. I found myself anxious to find out what would happen next, as the book is not only written with a beautiful voice but has the added interest of history, realism, and mystery. Quite simply, you want to find out what happens to this girl.
I would recommend this for a great long weekend. Turn off the phone and snuggle in for a great story.
From the author of The Difference Now.
The story is told from the perspective of a young girl, Alessandra, who is coming of age in Florence at a time when most of Europe is at war and on the cusp of a period of great change and renewal. While her wealthy family tries to shelter her from the sins of the outside world, Alessandra's thirst for knowledge and her passion for art keep her constantly searching for new experiences. This thirst only grows when a young painter comes to live with her family and Alessandra comes to know a new form of passion - that of the flesh.
As time passes, Alessandra's rebellious inclinations grow, clashing with the ideal of women at the time as well as with her family's expectations. Yet while her family and husband allow her to discreetly pursue her passions, when the fanatical monk Savoranola takes power and the inquisition comes to Florence, Alessandra's life is affected in ways she never imagined.
In this exciting novel, Durant mingles fact and fiction in a beautiful and compelling manner. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction or is interested in life in early Renaissance Italy will enjoy this book a great deal.
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I bought this book just prior to a trip to Italy and carried it from Rome to Florence to Venice. I did not finish it until I got home as Italy is such an overwhelming place and... Read morePublished on Oct. 21 2013 by Evelyn Schmitz-Hertzberg
One of the best books I've ever read (and I'm a big reader), along with the author's In the Company of the Courtesan. Read morePublished on March 8 2011 by Janet L.
I was given this book as a present and was hooked from page one. Set in Florence during the Reinassance, it is a very believable picture of life back then, described in such... Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2007 by ELI (Italy)
A child of the Renaissance, with a precious mind and talent for drawing is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings to his Florence palazzo a young... Read morePublished on July 9 2007 by Toni Osborne
I know I'm going to be in the minority here, but I could not get into this book. I found nothing to interest me, no chemistry between the two main characters, and if I want to read... Read morePublished on March 6 2007 by Misfit
I flew through THE BIRTH OF VENUS. The best parts about the novel are the obscure facts and details of Florence, the Renaissance, Art and Politics. Romance looms above it all. Read morePublished on July 2 2005 by Peter Rabando
By far one of the best books I've read this year (the other one was McCrae's "The Bark of the Dogwood") I found this Dunant novel to be as fresh and exciting as anything... Read morePublished on Oct. 20 2004 by Andy Wolfe
Mesmerizing is the word for this book, nay, novel, for it is, without a doubt, one of the most unusal pieces of literature I've come across in a while. Read morePublished on Oct. 2 2004