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In the Company of the Courtesan

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Renaissance Venice through the eyes of a courtesan's companion

Sarah Dunant recreates the Renaissance past very effectively. Beginning in a Rome in turmoil, she carries the reader quickly to Venice, where the protagonist - the loyal servant and companion to an expert courtesan - shows the reader both the atmosphere of La Serenissi...
Sarah Dunant recreates the Renaissance past very effectively. Beginning in a Rome in turmoil, she carries the reader quickly to Venice, where the protagonist - the loyal servant and companion to an expert courtesan - shows the reader both the atmosphere of La Serenissima and the action surrounding his Lady's entry into Venetian society through the eyes of a little person (dwarf). Characters are well drawn, and the reader continues to wonder what will become of the Lady Fiametta as she navigates the complicated and sometimes treacherous Venetian world. However, the action is rather slow from time to time - what carries the reader on those pages is Dunant's talent for describing character, appearance, and place. It's a good, escapist read that unfolds at a leisurely pace.

posted by cats_cradle_books on June 29, 2009

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

At first, it looks like an interesting read, but the story told from the dwarf's point of view flattens the story....

I chose to purchase this book because it took place in Venice and was interested in reading about life back in the 1500's. There were no elements in the story to keep me interested (element of suprise, romance, mystery, twists and turns,). Disappointed in this book as...
I chose to purchase this book because it took place in Venice and was interested in reading about life back in the 1500's. There were no elements in the story to keep me interested (element of suprise, romance, mystery, twists and turns,). Disappointed in this book as it was not what I thought it would be and it says on the cover it is a "New York Times Bestseller." Not much action taking place from the Courtesan's standpoint. The story revolves mostly around the dwarf's and La Draga's issues. If you are really interested in reading the book, borrow it from the library......

posted by historicalfiction_fan on March 20, 2010

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  • Posted March 20, 2010

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    At first, it looks like an interesting read, but the story told from the dwarf's point of view flattens the story....

    I chose to purchase this book because it took place in Venice and was interested in reading about life back in the 1500's. There were no elements in the story to keep me interested (element of suprise, romance, mystery, twists and turns,). Disappointed in this book as it was not what I thought it would be and it says on the cover it is a "New York Times Bestseller." Not much action taking place from the Courtesan's standpoint. The story revolves mostly around the dwarf's and La Draga's issues. If you are really interested in reading the book, borrow it from the library......

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2008

    Expected more

    I absolutely loved The Birth of Venus and I was looking forward to the next novel by Dunant but unfortunately I was extremely disappointed, had to drag myself to finish a book that never really hooked me. Beautiful descriptions of life in Venice and Rome but where´s the plot? I would´ve read something else had I known....

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2013

    Promise that is not fullfied

    This book started out clever and interesting and then becomes very dissappointing . There are no twist, plots that rivial the first chapters. The story goes nowhere, except a predicitible ending.

    I will say it was well written, if you can ignore the lack of a good plot. But I did learn one historical fact. I did not know about the lutherens helping sack rome with charles. That was it.
    All and all it was not a page turner.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2007

    Wish I had just borrowed the book instead of buying it

    I was very disappointed. I waited all year for this to come out in paper back. I should have waited until someone else bought it and just borrowed it. There was not much to this book. I was really bored. I think it would have been better if it was from the Courtesan's point of view instead of the dwarf's. I also felt as if the author was trying to take some of the story line from the movie 'Dangerous Beauty', about Veronica Franco and put it in this book. Overall I would not recommend this book. Her other book was better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2007

    Overall - pretty boring

    This was my first 'historical fiction' read and probably will be my last. To me it was page after page of nothing much happening. The end saved it from being a one star review. Such a shame and waste of time when there are so many other books calling my name!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2006

    Unneccessarrily Vulgar

    I enjoyed The Birth of Venus enough to look forward to Ms. Dunant's new book. Unfortunately, it was a terrible disappointment. I was sadly surprised at the unnecessary use and abuse of vulgarity. It did not lend itself to authenticity, only providing disgust and distraction from the story. It was a relatively good book with a lot of potential, which was weakened by the excess use of, again, vulgarity. Shame. Make an effort and use your talents to add meat to your story, Ms.Dunant. The humanity within the last pages saved the entire book from the gutter.

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    Posted February 9, 2010

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