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Read online De geboorte van Venus streaming De geboorte van Venus Sarah Dunant s gorgeous and mesmerizing novel Birth of Venus draws readers into a turbulent th century Florence a time when the lavish city steeped in years of Medici family luxury is suddenly besieged by plague threat of invasion and the righteous wrath of a fundamentalist monk Dunant masterfully blends fact and fiction seamlessly interweaving Florentine history with the coming of age story of a spirited year old girl As Florence struggles in Savonarola s grip a serial killer stalks the streets the French invaders creep closer and young Alessandra Cecchi must surrender her childish dreams and navigate her way into womanhood Readers are quickly seduced by the simplicity of her unconventional passions that are more artistic than domestic p p blockquote Dancing is one of the many things I should be good at that I am not Unlike my sister Plautilla can move across the floor like water and sing a stave of music like a song bird while I who can translate both Latin and Greek faster than she or my brothers can read it have club feet on the dance floor and a voice like a crow Though I swear if I were to paint the scale I could do it in a flash shining gold leaf for the top notes falling through ochres and reds into hot purple and deepest blue blockquote p Alessandra s story though central is only one part of this multi faceted and complex historical novel Dunant paints a fascinating array of women onto her dark canvas each representing the various fates of early Renaissance women Alessandra s lovely if simple sister Plautilla is interested only in marrying rich and presiding over a household the brave Erila Alessandra s North African servant and willing accomplice has such a frank understanding of the limitations of her sex that she often escapes them and Signora Cecchi Alessandra s beautiful but weary mother tries to encourage yet temper the passions of her wayward daughter A luminous and lush novel The Birth of Venus at its heart is a mysterious and sensual story with razor sharp teeth Like Alessandra Dunant has a painter s eye her writing is rich and evocative luxuriating in colors and textures of the city the people and the art of th century Florence Reminiscent of Tracy Chevalier s Girl with a Pearl Earring but with sensual splashes of color and the occasional thrill of fear Dunant s novel is both exciting and enchanting p

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