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The Bellini Card (Yashim the Eunuch Series #3)

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

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    an enjoyable fascinating look at Venice and at the Ottoman Empire.

    The Bellini Card
    Jason Goodwin
    FSG, Mar 3 2009, $25.00
    ISBN: 9780374110390

    In 1840, the new Ottoman Empire Sultan Abdulmecid orders the eunuch Yashim to travel to Venice to obtain a portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror painted by Bellini. However, before leaving for Italy, Resid Pasha directs Yashim to keep the expenses including the purchase down. Yashim asks his friend impoverish Polish Ambassador Stanislaw Palewski to masquerade as an American to help locate the portrait of the hero who took Constantinople from the Christians in the fifteenth century.

    In Venice while Palewski conducts his search, a killer has murdered two dealers connected to the Bellini masterpiece. Soon the Polish Ambassador becomes a target of this unknown murderer, but Yashim working from the shadows keeps his friend safe while trying to obtain the painting.

    The third Yashmin historical thriller (see THE JANISSARY TREE and THE SNAKE STONE) is an enjoyable fascinating look at Venice and at the Ottoman Empire. Interestingly Yashim plays second fiddle for much of the early part of the novel, but once he comes on stage, he and his adversary battle in am electrifying contest. Fans will enjoy this terific nineteenth century mystery due in part to the investigations into the portrait and the killer, but also because of the deep sense of time and place.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    The best yet. I have read all of the series and continue to rec

    The best yet. I have read all of the series and continue to recommend to friends -- a little trouble convincing them to give it a try considering the main character is a eunuch. I am fascinated by the historical perspective -- so much I didn't know about the 1830s in Istanbul. I find myself doing google earth to see the locations covered in the books. The author has a truly winning and novel approach, and the characters have grown on me in each succeeding book. Thank you to Jason Goodwin for the time I've spend reading the books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2010

    An interesting book with great characters and historical connections in the plot

    I enjoyed the descriptive nature of the writing. I haven't run across a book with so many (120) short chapters (one has just 96 words!). There was good character development of the major characters, leading you to think that you had a good sense of how they all fit in, until, that is, near the end, when the complexities are revealed. I thought there was a bit much of deus ex machina stuff going on, but the overall effect was good. I did get some sense of how Venice fits together, though I have never been there. And the historical connections were interesting - it makes me wonder how much of that was accurate history and hoe much was fiction - perhaps I'll have to check the history books about that!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2009

    A lot of fun

    Jason Goodwin's cleverness and originality shine in the Yashim books. I don't ordinarily read mysteries or detective novels, but these are a lot of fun, and I am learning a lot about the Ottoman Empire in the 19th century. You'll be surprised how sexy a eunuch can be.

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