The Resource The birth of Venus : a novel, Sarah Dunant, (electronic resource)

The birth of Venus : a novel, Sarah Dunant, (electronic resource)

Label
The birth of Venus : a novel
Title
The birth of Venus
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Dunant
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From its first arresting sentence, Sarah Dunant's magnificent novel embroils the reader in the coming-of-age story of Alessandra Cecchi, a fourteen-year-old girl with a strong will and a passion for painting. The Birth of Venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of Britain's most innovative writers of literary suspense. Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities. But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola's reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra's married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city
Title
The birth of Venus
Creator
Summary
Turning fifteen in Renaissance Florence, Alessandra Cecchi becomes intoxicated with the works of a young painter whom her father has brought to the city to decorate the family's Florentine palazzo
Subject
Genre
Tone
Writing style
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
121509
Cataloging source
TEFOD
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Target audience
adult
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/titleStatement
Sarah Dunant
Label
The birth of Venus : a novel, Sarah Dunant, (electronic resource)
Link
http://digital.arapahoelibraries.org/ContentDetails.htm?ID=E6CBBA13-ADC8-49B7-9EF9-8C3DBBC0B309
Publication
Note
  • Originally published in hardcover in Great Britain by Little, Brown in 2003
  • Includes a Reader's guide, Questions for discussion (p. [401]-403)
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 396-397)
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  • ALL_BRANCHES
Color
multicolored
Control code
ocn297107546
Dimensions
21 cm.
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
Random House trade paperback edition.
Extent
xv, 403 p.
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781588364425
Isbn Type
(electronic bk. : Mobipocket Reader)
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b16003251
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
E6CBBA13-ADC8-49B7-9EF9-8C3DBBC0B309
System control number
(OCoLC)297107546

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