Sixteen Pleasures

Sixteen Pleasures

by Robert Hellenga
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Sixteen Pleasures 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is riveting -- at times funny, always thought-provoking, often poignant. Its theme is taken from the Robert Frost poem the protagonist quotes: "two roads diverged in a yellow wood, and I could not travel both and be one traveler." What's our path in life? When we're shaken from the path we wanted, can we still make the journey our own?
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hellenga has done a wonderful job in creating a believable character, and putting her in a beautiful setting. The story is for book and art lovers everywhere. I enjoyed the detail to the book conservation that took place with the 'mud angels' and was particularly happy that this book strove to pay such attention to a story along those lines. Interesting, and Unique. I have passed this gem on to many others as a must read.
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A journey to finding, re-binding, and finally letting go of a singularily unique tome leads a young woman to discover what pleasures can be found in day-to-day as well as one-in-a-lifetime experiences. Loved this book. A great read.
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SusanIL More than 1 year ago
Maybe it is the Chicago references, or maybe its the tantalizing descriptions of Italy, or maybe it is the lead character's falability, but I really loved this book from page one. A novel that has a great story, interesting characters, set in one of the world's most romantic countries -- and a writer whose work reads fast, even with foreign languages interspersed throughout the text. Not only did I enjoy the story, I learned a lot about art and book conservation and restoration. I can't wait to read his other novels.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in 1995, just prior to a trip to Florence, and loved it. Since then, I've re-read the book three or four times and each time I enjoy it. A few months ago, I compiled a list of my favorite books, and The Sixteen Pleasures ranked quite high on the list. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
An intelligent story of art, love, and Italy all packed in a quick read. Chicagoans will love the references to the Newberry Library, and art lovers will be intrigued with all of the restoration information, and I especially enjoyed the love story, one you could believe.