Waking Raphael

Waking Raphael

by Leslie Forbes
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Waking Raphael by Leslie Forbes

La Muta, "the mute woman." Amidst a country rocked by scandal and corruption, inhabitants of the idyllic city of Urbino, Italy, birthplace of Raphael, are more concerned with a sudden outbreak of miracles than with politics. But what unspeakable secret lies hidden in Raphael's enigmatic painting? Its restoration will drive a living mute to a shocking act of violence and spark an investigation into a nearly forgotten war crime and a series of events that will shatter the silence gripping this community forever.

Both a mesmerizing thriller and a passionate exploration of the power of truth to effect reconciliation and restore faith, Waking Raphael spins a tantalizing web of silence and lies to recreate an Italy where the romantic and the violent, the comic and the tragic, are spellbindingly interwoven.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780553383416
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/26/2005
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Leslie Forbes is the author of four award-winning travel books and the internationally bestselling novels Bombay Ice, a Sunday Times bestseller, and Fish, Blood, & Bone, which was nominated for the Orange prize. She lives in London.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Waking Raphael 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'll admit, this is one book that I could not put down but only because I was expecting that at any moment it would get better. That moment never came. This book is a unique exploration of human depravity, complete with depictions of torture. I wanted to like the characters, to care how they ended up, but I just didn't. Most of the book is simply confusing and not in a suspenseful way. I enjoy books with depth and commend the writer for taking on a challenging subject, but I expected much more.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I recomend this book, it was very interesting although the ending was not as good as I thought it was going to be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was definatly one that I couldn't just put down. It keeps you in suspence and with each event it keeps building to where you want to explode. Very nice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Middle age art restorer Charlotte Penton travels to Urbino, Italy to work on a fabulous project, restoring a faded Raphael painting, La Muta, The Silent Woman. The renovation assignment is difficult as Charlotte must first peel away the previous ¿repairs¿ to get to the basic masterpiece. Then she applies skill, experience and guesswork to mend the painting................................... Following Charlotte to Urbino is youthful Canadian media star Donna Ricco, who is the pretty girl frontal visage for an arts restoration program. Donna quickly finds the tedious meticulous work boring, but knows she must bear it if she is to get ahead in her career. When a mute woman defames the masterpiece, the two visitors see it differently. Charlotte is appalled but wants to learn why while a gleeful Donna sees a terrific story. As the two North Americans combine resources to learn the truth, they will open up secrets from the war and much more about grandmasters that the town¿s elderly want left hidden....................................... This engaging tale hooks the reader from the moment that the mute woman desecrates La Muta because the mystery within a mystery is embedded in an incredible background tidal wave of art, history, legends with a hint of the paranormal, local politics, and religion. The lead duo is dynamic opposites except both have energy that will make a marathon runner feel like a couch potato. Fans of crime thrillers with an edge will want to read WAKING RAPHAEL and obtain Leslie Forbes¿ previous tales, BOMBAY ICE and FISH, BLOOD AND BONE as this reviewer plans to do............................... Harriet Klausner