Venetian Affairby Andrea Di Robilant
In the attic of their old family palazzo on the Grand Canal, Andrea di Robilant's father had found the love letters of their ancestor Andrea Memmo, one of the last great Venetian statesmen, to a beautiful half-English girl named Giustiniana Wynne. Some of the letters were written in code, which di Robilant and his father cracked to reveal an illicit passion:… See more details below
In the attic of their old family palazzo on the Grand Canal, Andrea di Robilant's father had found the love letters of their ancestor Andrea Memmo, one of the last great Venetian statesmen, to a beautiful half-English girl named Giustiniana Wynne. Some of the letters were written in code, which di Robilant and his father cracked to reveal an illicit passion: Giustiniana was not of the elite ruling class and would never have been considered a suitable match for Andrea. But their acts of devotion were startlingly brazen. As their courtship unfolds, they plot elaborate marriage schemes that offend everyone, arrange secret trysts in borrowed rooms, cause trouble for the servants who must ferry their forbidden correspondence, and even weather an unwanted pregnancy, from which Giustiniana, with her wits and ingenuity and some crucial assistance from the infamous Casanova, emerges unscathed.
Andrea di Robilant, heir to the lovers' legacy, captures them in the twilight of the golden era of Venice, with forays to the colorful social circles of London and Paris along the way. His narrative evokes the world of mask-wearing men and ladies attending Goldini plays and gambling at the Ridotto - bringing to life, 250 years later, a tale of passion and historical intrigue.
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I too, liked the book, I listened to the audiobook twice and I'm reading the text now, but I still think that Andrea was a weasel and Justiniana was manipulative to the extreme. Having said this, I also believe that the two young lovers and their families were very much a product of their society, and so, their story must be seen and appreciated within the confines of 18th century Venetian affairs. The Casanova connection is an interesting one, Giacomo being the ultimate and consummate weasel, himself. In sum, for a bunch of old letters, this makes for a wonderful read. I highly recommend it.
a venetian affair was such an enchanting story. history beautifully weaved into an exciting love affain. a book i plan to read mant times. brava!