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In the Company of the Courtesan ❮PDF❯ ✩ In the Company of the Courtesan Author Sarah Dunant – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk My lady Fiammetta Bianchini was plucking her eyebrows and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city l My lady Fiammetta Bianchini was plucking her eyebrows Company of ePUB ↠ and biting color into her lips when the unthinkable happened and the Holy Roman Emperor’s army blew In the PDF \ a hole in the wall of God’s eternal city letting in a flood of half starved half crazed troops bent on pillage and punishment Thus begins the Company of MOBI ï In the Company of the Courtesan Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of life in Renaissance Italy Escaping the sack of Rome in with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion Bucino head for Venice the shimmering city born out of water to become a miracle of east west trade rich and rancid pious and profitable beautiful and sualid With a mix of courage and cunning they infiltrate Venetian society Together they make the perfect partnership the sharp tongued sharp witted dwarf and his vibrant mistress trained from birth to charm entertain and satisfy men who have the money to support her Yet as their fortunes rise this perfect partnership comes under threat from the searing passion of a lover who wants than his allotted nights to the attentions of an admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his sultan’s court But Fiammetta and Bucino’s greatest challenge comes from a young crippled woman a blind healer who insinuates herself into their lives and hearts with devastating conseuences for them allA story of desire and deception sin and religion loyalty and friendship In the Company of the Courtesan paints a portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history It is a picture that remains vivid long after the final page From the Hardcover edition.


About the Author: Sarah Dunant

Sarah Dunant is a cultural commentator award winning Company of ePUB ↠ thriller writer and author of five novels set in Renaissance Italy exploring women’s lives through art sex In the PDF \ and religion She has two daughters and lives in London and FlorenceSarah’s monthly history program and podcast on history can be found via the BBC website.



10 thoughts on “In the Company of the Courtesan

  1. Federico DN Federico DN says:

    An ambitious prostitute a cunning dwarf and a perilous business to get to the top In this novel we learn the story of Fiammetta a prominent prostitute of the roman court; and his ever faithful servant Bucino an intrepid dwarf as much cunning as his mistress beauty Thanks to the courtesan's famous standing and the wealth of her many clients the peculiar duo lives in comfortable opulence until they are forced to flee the city due to the invasion and great sacking of Rome in the beginnings of the 16th century Exiled and struggling for survival they wander aimlessly until one day they arrive to Venice the second jewel of EuropeForcing their way with no few amount of miracles and an undaunted will they start slowly rebuilding their life and their wealth to regain once again all their lost greatness depending solely on the powers of lustful pleasure a trade as much perilous as dangerousAn interesting historical fiction significantly spicier to what I'm normally accustomed to in regards to situations described as much as vocabulary Although I believe it may be light years away of a fifty shades standard Something to verify someday Until next time Una ambiciosa prostituta un astuto enano y un peligroso negocio para llegar a la cimaEn esta novela conocemos la historia de Fiammetta una prominente prostituta de la corte romana; y su fiel sirviente Bucino un intrépido enano tan astuto como hermosa su dueña Gracias a la fama y posición de la cortesana y la riueza de sus muchos clientes el peculiar dúo vive en una cómoda opulencia hasta ue se ven forzados a escapar la ciudad debido a la invasión y gran saueo de Roma a principios del siglo XVI Exiliados y luchando por sobrevivir deambulan sin destino cierto hasta ue nn día llegan a Venecia la segunda joya de EuropaA fuerza de una no poca cantidad de milagros y una impertérrita voluntad empiezan lentamente a reconstruir sus vidas y su riueza para recuperar otra vez toda la perdida grandeza dependiendo únicamente del poder del lujurioso placer un oficio tan azaroso como peligrosoUna lectura interesante significativamente más picante a lo ue normalmente estoy acostumbrado ya sea por las situaciones descriptas como por el vocabulario Aunue calculo ue debe estar a años luz de un estándar de cincuenta sombras Algo para verificar algún díaHasta la próxima


  2. Nicole Nicole says:

    I wanted to like this book The story was great and I loved the concept but there were too many things that ended up annoying me On the positive side it was very well written I did love the character Fiammetta I wish the book had focused on her throughout And I liked the descriptions of courtesan life and of Venice I especially liked the fact that the author took a real painting by Titian and seemingly created a story around it Now for the less positive stuff Spoiler Alert About 34 of the way through the book the plot abruptly changed from focusing on the two main characters Fiammetta and Bucino to a secondary character La Draga This wouldn't have been a problem and it was interesting in and of itself but it had very little context and it seemed a bit hastily thrown in at the end I found it somewhat unbelievable that Bucino would just discover that he was in love with her There wasn't really any motivation except that he bumped into her a lot throughout the book thought she was weird and was annoyed by herThere were also a lot of small plot details that could have been developed but instead seemed to be randomly picked up and dropped along the way For example the Jewish pawnbroker makes a few appearances disappears for a long interlude and then briefly returns only to contribute nothing to the story and disappear again The Turk seems interested in Fiammetta spends some time trying to convince Bucino to return home with him and never appears again The author describes a turbulent vicious prior relationship between Fiammetta and Aretino only to have the two instantly become friends in Venice which didn't seem terribly believable especially given that Fiammetta is blackmailing him Also the half hearted way in which the two main characters sell pages out of their infamous book to help La Draga when they could have been using it all along annoyed me It all just seemed a bit sloppyAll in all this was a good story and the perfect thing to read on vacation as long as you don't get all nitpicky over the plot like I did


  3. Amalie Amalie says:

    For starters the title and the cover page of this really can mislead you In the Company of the Courtesan sounds erotic and this is the cover page of my book which I can't find here I'm guessing must have stolen it I started to read this while going to and coming home from work and I began to notice some are staring at the cover so I started to read this before going to bed Anyway there is no noticeable erotic content in the novel although it is an insider view of the business of high end prostitution The novel's name however is also misleading because it should be something like In the Company of a Dwarf or if you want to go with the job description In the Company of the Pimp Because the narratorthe protagonist of this is Bucino Teodoldi the pimp of Fiammetta Bianchini the Courtesan Bucino may be a dwarf but his observations are often philosophical sour ironic but always honest and smart The deep understanding relationship between them is also uniue They highly rely on each other understand each other and honest to each other But the most interesting relationship in the book is between La Draga the healer Bucino whose relationship put Fiammetta into the backgroundIn short the novel is about 3 sinnersmisfits of Venice the sin city full of sinners during 16th century Bucino a deformed pimp La Draga a female healer branded as a witch and Fiammetta a young courtesanprostitute This book has most everything you would want in a historical fiction It's well researched and the sights sounds smells of 16th century Venice are almost lifelike You can imagine you are there So if you feel like it's too long don't give up You'll not regret a minute of holding onto this


  4. Doug Bradshaw Doug Bradshaw says:

    Set in the 1500s in Venice Dunant gives us a sometimes raunchy sometimes touching and always realistic view of the world in this era The book is written by the partnermanager of a gorgeous courtesan which I like to think of as like a geisha than a prostitute but make no mistake our heroine is a high end prostitute and entertainer of rich men of the era The partner is an extremely likable insightful resourcesful dwarf who is well aware of his position in life as a freak and sometimes entertainer and court jestor I laughed out loud many times at his views and comments about himeself other people's reactions to him as well as his general take on things that works today The partnership of the two works extremely well as they escape without much but their lives from Rome which is under siege and then move to Venice to carefully try to rebuild their whole business Our courtesan has lost her hair and her confidence With the help of a blind healer they find their way back into business as usual and then the fun begins with the various and sundry wealthy clients friends from the past etc There is humor there is wisdom about human sexuality there is history and there is a great and touching story


  5. Antigone Antigone says:

    Fiammetta Bianchini has a choice to make As one of the most sought after courtesans in all of Renaissance Rome possessed of a salon unrivaled in elegance along with a list of clients carefully cultivated over the course of an entire career she would prefer in truth to salvage something With the angry hordes at the gate and God's Eternal City on the verge of being sacked we find her ruthlessly calculatingmuch to the distress of Bucino her dwarf Time has clearly run out last seconds snatching as Fiammetta finally settles on the route of appeasement She will feed shelter and entertain the strongest of the marauders trusting her skills to enlist them a protector A brave choice yet one that fails to take into account the religious nature of this invasion and the zealotry sure to be ignited by a woman in her profession It takes but a single day to set her logic arightGood bye Rome Hello VeniceSarah Dunant has an exceptionally graceful touch with historical fiction Wonderful characters intelligent prose and skillful pacing combine to produce stories that are a pleasure to read I must caution you though She is a diligent researcher and the amount of detail she introduces can burden the tale Still there are worse ways to slow down a novel than to be accurate to a fault Would that this were the caliber of flaw we encountered in most literature today


  6. Alice Poon Alice Poon says:

    After reading “Blood Beauty The Borgias” I always wanted to read another novel by Sarah Dunant At some Goodreads friends’ nudge I decided to pick this one up Throughout the first three uarters of the book I was emotionally twined with the character of the dwarf Bucino than I would care to admit The fact that he is also the first person narrator is supposed to give immediacy and sense of reality to the scenes and things happening to him but I must confess that I consciously and stubbornly clung to my skepticism However by the time I reached the denouement I was obviously already too invested in him to be able to detach myself from his pain and anguish or hold back my tears That Dunant is a brilliant writer needs no further proofThe plot would seem simple enough but nonetheless enthralling a famed courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf Bucino must escape the carnage of Rome’s invasion by foreign powers and are forced to find their footing again in prospering Venice where they meet their friends and foes With their loss of a precious jewel we are led down a path of intrigue behind a veil of fog when Fiammetta’s healer and friend – a blind hunchback called La Draga – starts to snatch our attention From that point on I was loath to put the book down The ending didn’t surprise as much as it saddened meApart from being a skillful storyteller the author is also adept at painting a vivid picture of 16th century urban Venice In true historical fiction form real historical characters abound in the novel to enhance the sense of place and time painter Tiziano Vecellio or Titian engraver Marcantonio Raimondi writer Pietro Aretino painter Giulio Romano and healer Elena Crusichi fictionalized as La DragaI’m giving this novel 37 stars Warning the language may be a bit raunchy for some readers’ taste


  7. Savvy Savvy says:

    Having had the pleasure of being in an on line book discussion of IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN last year with Ms Dunant I came away with a much finer appreciation of the historical honesty of this novel A few months ago I had the opportunity to finally meet Sarah Dunant at a book reading and signing of this book in Seattle Her passion for history is evident and just listening to her enthusiastic account of the research she does in crafting her novels was awe inspiring As she read a few passages she took me back to the sights smells and shadows of life of a courtesan called Fiametta little flame in Italian and her companion and business partner the very clever and endearing dwarf Bucino Sarah's artistry with words brings everything alive with a master touch When little Bucino who is deathly afraid of the canals of Venice certain he'll drown in them passes along the narrow walkways hugging close to the building you are standing there feeling a bit green and vertiginous alongside him Descriptions are so vivid and characters are so well developed that it's easy to move around inside the deceitful society that was Renaissance Italy Sarah shows us that this is a society built on religious beliefs and rules and the rules those beliefs put in place but in reality it's eually built on the acceptance of deception fraud and dishonesty Priests give fake confessions for money men deceive their wives with courtesans and courtesans deceive men with their own fake sense of pleasure Sarah tells us in one of her posts One might argue that the only time in which man iswas not in deception is when faced with God who by definition knows and sees everything Interesting I am not sure that God is in this book Certainly heshe is less present within the characters than say in THE BIRTH OF VENUS The Courtesan will not disappoint The story is richly rewarding on multiple layers The mix of real characters Aretino the writer and poetTitian the artist with the fictional Fiametta Bucino La Draga etc works very well in the novel They come boldly and fabulously aliveand we are left standing beside them with all of their hardship grandeur and decadencethanks to the consummate and very gifted wordsmith that is Sarah Dunant I can hardly wait for her next novel


  8. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    Two superlative protagonists partnered but never loversA singular woman who cuts through boundaries and forbidden studies for her time and yet heals as much as she deceivesThree under characters who are defined precisely to their actions and with deeper onion like layer complexity than a titled figure of and in a play by Shakespeare Just superb in any one of 3 other categories outside of these prime personalities because it is also of a piece Mood progression knowledge all increasing as years pass Losing portions of one thing but trading them for something else Often nothing of what was expected Not even for trust or the most known Plotting and pacing Reveal and then anti reveal Immaturity in forms and content and then growth to a formidable full adulthood But in some ways also incorporating the universal human conditions More than a few but most kernel like that condition of difference or of being the other All sublime in their levels of recognitionAnd if that's not all it also has within it the most finely evaluated ingredient content for the essence of one city in mid 16th century Italy against another's The best I've ever read myself for their tone and approach in conversations This context particular set of sensibilities and eyes for the Roman And now for the Venetian And it still exists to this dayThe beginning was off putting to me It took my attention into a distraction that until the entire combination set in to see the entity of the pair working their skills All the pragmatism Until then I had a difficult time setting the crude and foul temper meanness of language aside But DO continue Sarah Dunant truly has created a cast to remember in this one And she also knows about the black fractions of millions of pieces of solid that live in the water at night This is the world of dark bodies of water Of lakes and lagoons everywhereStrongly recommend Very few physical mental or emotional human commodities of natural occurrence are obscured in this book It's often raw and it often tends to seductions Not only to the biological impulses but to levels of other comprehensions most forbidden to those who hold themCome and watch Bucino juggle the Murano glassware duds the throwaways And live within his mind these years


  9. Kate Quinn Kate Quinn says:

    For once a novel that does not romanticize the life of a courtesan Sarah Dunant continues her mastery of the Renaissance in her second novel which details the adventures of the Venetian courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion Bucino The dwarf is the narrator cynical and worldly and behind his clowning role at his mistress's back they have forged a shrewd partnership Fiammetta is a delightful mix of beauty vanity courage and desperation as she is left destitute after the Protestant sack of Rome She returns to the waterways of Venice to make her fortune all over again and Bucino acts as friend confidante manager and business partner They endure poverty and persecution winning their way to riches but subtle dangers await the pair when Fiammetta turns from her rich and aging clients to fall in love for the first time in her life Salvation or damnation lies in the hands of La Draga a young blind healer whom Bucino has never trusted Powerful storytelling and a surprising twist power the story along told in Bucino's world weary voice


  10. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I totally loved this book What a story Pure escapism into a real historical past Marvelous such a good story At the end of the book the author clearly states what is fact and what is fiction I had already looked up several of the characters and deeds This book and Wikepedia make history into an engaging story Five stars I have read through page 110 Wonderful entertainment The reader is pulled into Venice of the 1500s You are there with the dwarf the courtesan and the sparkling mpving water and shimmering lights of that world


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10 thoughts on “In the Company of the Courtesan

  1. Federico DN Federico DN says:

    An ambitious prostitute a cunning dwarf and a perilous business to get to the top In this novel we learn the story of Fiammetta a prominent prostitute of the roman court; and his ever faithful servant Bucino an intrepid dwarf as much cunning as his mistress beauty Thanks to the courtesan's famous standing and the wealth of her many clients the peculiar duo lives in comfortable opulence until they are forced to flee the city due to the invasion and great sacking of Rome in the beginnings of the 16th century Exiled and struggling for survival they wander aimlessly until one day they arrive to Venice the second jewel of EuropeForcing their way with no few amount of miracles and an undaunted will they start slowly rebuilding their life and their wealth to regain once again all their lost greatness depending solely on the powers of lustful pleasure a trade as much perilous as dangerousAn interesting historical fiction significantly spicier to what I'm normally accustomed to in regards to situations described as much as vocabulary Although I believe it may be light years away of a fifty shades standard Something to verify someday Until next time Una ambiciosa prostituta un astuto enano y un peligroso negocio para llegar a la cimaEn esta novela conocemos la historia de Fiammetta una prominente prostituta de la corte romana; y su fiel sirviente Bucino un intrépido enano tan astuto como hermosa su dueña Gracias a la fama y posición de la cortesana y la riueza de sus muchos clientes el peculiar dúo vive en una cómoda opulencia hasta ue se ven forzados a escapar la ciudad debido a la invasión y gran saueo de Roma a principios del siglo XVI Exiliados y luchando por sobrevivir deambulan sin destino cierto hasta ue nn día llegan a Venecia la segunda joya de EuropaA fuerza de una no poca cantidad de milagros y una impertérrita voluntad empiezan lentamente a reconstruir sus vidas y su riueza para recuperar otra vez toda la perdida grandeza dependiendo únicamente del poder del lujurioso placer un oficio tan azaroso como peligrosoUna lectura interesante significativamente más picante a lo ue normalmente estoy acostumbrado ya sea por las situaciones descriptas como por el vocabulario Aunue calculo ue debe estar a años luz de un estándar de cincuenta sombras Algo para verificar algún díaHasta la próxima

  2. Nicole Nicole says:

    I wanted to like this book The story was great and I loved the concept but there were too many things that ended up annoying me On the positive side it was very well written I did love the character Fiammetta I wish the book had focused on her throughout And I liked the descriptions of courtesan life and of Venice I especially liked the fact that the author took a real painting by Titian and seemingly created a story around it Now for the less positive stuff Spoiler Alert About 34 of the way through the book the plot abruptly changed from focusing on the two main characters Fiammetta and Bucino to a secondary character La Draga This wouldn't have been a problem and it was interesting in and of itself but it had very little context and it seemed a bit hastily thrown in at the end I found it somewhat unbelievable that Bucino would just discover that he was in love with her There wasn't really any motivation except that he bumped into her a lot throughout the book thought she was weird and was annoyed by herThere were also a lot of small plot details that could have been developed but instead seemed to be randomly picked up and dropped along the way For example the Jewish pawnbroker makes a few appearances disappears for a long interlude and then briefly returns only to contribute nothing to the story and disappear again The Turk seems interested in Fiammetta spends some time trying to convince Bucino to return home with him and never appears again The author describes a turbulent vicious prior relationship between Fiammetta and Aretino only to have the two instantly become friends in Venice which didn't seem terribly believable especially given that Fiammetta is blackmailing him Also the half hearted way in which the two main characters sell pages out of their infamous book to help La Draga when they could have been using it all along annoyed me It all just seemed a bit sloppyAll in all this was a good story and the perfect thing to read on vacation as long as you don't get all nitpicky over the plot like I did

  3. Amalie Amalie says:

    For starters the title and the cover page of this really can mislead you In the Company of the Courtesan sounds erotic and this is the cover page of my book which I can't find here I'm guessing must have stolen it I started to read this while going to and coming home from work and I began to notice some are staring at the cover so I started to read this before going to bed Anyway there is no noticeable erotic content in the novel although it is an insider view of the business of high end prostitution The novel's name however is also misleading because it should be something like In the Company of a Dwarf or if you want to go with the job description In the Company of the Pimp Because the narratorthe protagonist of this is Bucino Teodoldi the pimp of Fiammetta Bianchini the Courtesan Bucino may be a dwarf but his observations are often philosophical sour ironic but always honest and smart The deep understanding relationship between them is also uniue They highly rely on each other understand each other and honest to each other But the most interesting relationship in the book is between La Draga the healer Bucino whose relationship put Fiammetta into the backgroundIn short the novel is about 3 sinnersmisfits of Venice the sin city full of sinners during 16th century Bucino a deformed pimp La Draga a female healer branded as a witch and Fiammetta a young courtesanprostitute This book has most everything you would want in a historical fiction It's well researched and the sights sounds smells of 16th century Venice are almost lifelike You can imagine you are there So if you feel like it's too long don't give up You'll not regret a minute of holding onto this

  4. Doug Bradshaw Doug Bradshaw says:

    Set in the 1500s in Venice Dunant gives us a sometimes raunchy sometimes touching and always realistic view of the world in this era The book is written by the partnermanager of a gorgeous courtesan which I like to think of as like a geisha than a prostitute but make no mistake our heroine is a high end prostitute and entertainer of rich men of the era The partner is an extremely likable insightful resourcesful dwarf who is well aware of his position in life as a freak and sometimes entertainer and court jestor I laughed out loud many times at his views and comments about himeself other people's reactions to him as well as his general take on things that works today The partnership of the two works extremely well as they escape without much but their lives from Rome which is under siege and then move to Venice to carefully try to rebuild their whole business Our courtesan has lost her hair and her confidence With the help of a blind healer they find their way back into business as usual and then the fun begins with the various and sundry wealthy clients friends from the past etc There is humor there is wisdom about human sexuality there is history and there is a great and touching story

  5. Antigone Antigone says:

    Fiammetta Bianchini has a choice to make As one of the most sought after courtesans in all of Renaissance Rome possessed of a salon unrivaled in elegance along with a list of clients carefully cultivated over the course of an entire career she would prefer in truth to salvage something With the angry hordes at the gate and God's Eternal City on the verge of being sacked we find her ruthlessly calculatingmuch to the distress of Bucino her dwarf Time has clearly run out last seconds snatching as Fiammetta finally settles on the route of appeasement She will feed shelter and entertain the strongest of the marauders trusting her skills to enlist them a protector A brave choice yet one that fails to take into account the religious nature of this invasion and the zealotry sure to be ignited by a woman in her profession It takes but a single day to set her logic arightGood bye Rome Hello VeniceSarah Dunant has an exceptionally graceful touch with historical fiction Wonderful characters intelligent prose and skillful pacing combine to produce stories that are a pleasure to read I must caution you though She is a diligent researcher and the amount of detail she introduces can burden the tale Still there are worse ways to slow down a novel than to be accurate to a fault Would that this were the caliber of flaw we encountered in most literature today

  6. Alice Poon Alice Poon says:

    After reading “Blood Beauty The Borgias” I always wanted to read another novel by Sarah Dunant At some Goodreads friends’ nudge I decided to pick this one up Throughout the first three uarters of the book I was emotionally twined with the character of the dwarf Bucino than I would care to admit The fact that he is also the first person narrator is supposed to give immediacy and sense of reality to the scenes and things happening to him but I must confess that I consciously and stubbornly clung to my skepticism However by the time I reached the denouement I was obviously already too invested in him to be able to detach myself from his pain and anguish or hold back my tears That Dunant is a brilliant writer needs no further proofThe plot would seem simple enough but nonetheless enthralling a famed courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf Bucino must escape the carnage of Rome’s invasion by foreign powers and are forced to find their footing again in prospering Venice where they meet their friends and foes With their loss of a precious jewel we are led down a path of intrigue behind a veil of fog when Fiammetta’s healer and friend – a blind hunchback called La Draga – starts to snatch our attention From that point on I was loath to put the book down The ending didn’t surprise as much as it saddened meApart from being a skillful storyteller the author is also adept at painting a vivid picture of 16th century urban Venice In true historical fiction form real historical characters abound in the novel to enhance the sense of place and time painter Tiziano Vecellio or Titian engraver Marcantonio Raimondi writer Pietro Aretino painter Giulio Romano and healer Elena Crusichi fictionalized as La DragaI’m giving this novel 37 stars Warning the language may be a bit raunchy for some readers’ taste

  7. Savvy Savvy says:

    Having had the pleasure of being in an on line book discussion of IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN last year with Ms Dunant I came away with a much finer appreciation of the historical honesty of this novel A few months ago I had the opportunity to finally meet Sarah Dunant at a book reading and signing of this book in Seattle Her passion for history is evident and just listening to her enthusiastic account of the research she does in crafting her novels was awe inspiring As she read a few passages she took me back to the sights smells and shadows of life of a courtesan called Fiametta little flame in Italian and her companion and business partner the very clever and endearing dwarf Bucino Sarah's artistry with words brings everything alive with a master touch When little Bucino who is deathly afraid of the canals of Venice certain he'll drown in them passes along the narrow walkways hugging close to the building you are standing there feeling a bit green and vertiginous alongside him Descriptions are so vivid and characters are so well developed that it's easy to move around inside the deceitful society that was Renaissance Italy Sarah shows us that this is a society built on religious beliefs and rules and the rules those beliefs put in place but in reality it's eually built on the acceptance of deception fraud and dishonesty Priests give fake confessions for money men deceive their wives with courtesans and courtesans deceive men with their own fake sense of pleasure Sarah tells us in one of her posts One might argue that the only time in which man iswas not in deception is when faced with God who by definition knows and sees everything Interesting I am not sure that God is in this book Certainly heshe is less present within the characters than say in THE BIRTH OF VENUS The Courtesan will not disappoint The story is richly rewarding on multiple layers The mix of real characters Aretino the writer and poetTitian the artist with the fictional Fiametta Bucino La Draga etc works very well in the novel They come boldly and fabulously aliveand we are left standing beside them with all of their hardship grandeur and decadencethanks to the consummate and very gifted wordsmith that is Sarah Dunant I can hardly wait for her next novel

  8. Jeanette Jeanette says:

    Two superlative protagonists partnered but never loversA singular woman who cuts through boundaries and forbidden studies for her time and yet heals as much as she deceivesThree under characters who are defined precisely to their actions and with deeper onion like layer complexity than a titled figure of and in a play by Shakespeare Just superb in any one of 3 other categories outside of these prime personalities because it is also of a piece Mood progression knowledge all increasing as years pass Losing portions of one thing but trading them for something else Often nothing of what was expected Not even for trust or the most known Plotting and pacing Reveal and then anti reveal Immaturity in forms and content and then growth to a formidable full adulthood But in some ways also incorporating the universal human conditions More than a few but most kernel like that condition of difference or of being the other All sublime in their levels of recognitionAnd if that's not all it also has within it the most finely evaluated ingredient content for the essence of one city in mid 16th century Italy against another's The best I've ever read myself for their tone and approach in conversations This context particular set of sensibilities and eyes for the Roman And now for the Venetian And it still exists to this dayThe beginning was off putting to me It took my attention into a distraction that until the entire combination set in to see the entity of the pair working their skills All the pragmatism Until then I had a difficult time setting the crude and foul temper meanness of language aside But DO continue Sarah Dunant truly has created a cast to remember in this one And she also knows about the black fractions of millions of pieces of solid that live in the water at night This is the world of dark bodies of water Of lakes and lagoons everywhereStrongly recommend Very few physical mental or emotional human commodities of natural occurrence are obscured in this book It's often raw and it often tends to seductions Not only to the biological impulses but to levels of other comprehensions most forbidden to those who hold themCome and watch Bucino juggle the Murano glassware duds the throwaways And live within his mind these years

  9. Kate Quinn Kate Quinn says:

    For once a novel that does not romanticize the life of a courtesan Sarah Dunant continues her mastery of the Renaissance in her second novel which details the adventures of the Venetian courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion Bucino The dwarf is the narrator cynical and worldly and behind his clowning role at his mistress's back they have forged a shrewd partnership Fiammetta is a delightful mix of beauty vanity courage and desperation as she is left destitute after the Protestant sack of Rome She returns to the waterways of Venice to make her fortune all over again and Bucino acts as friend confidante manager and business partner They endure poverty and persecution winning their way to riches but subtle dangers await the pair when Fiammetta turns from her rich and aging clients to fall in love for the first time in her life Salvation or damnation lies in the hands of La Draga a young blind healer whom Bucino has never trusted Powerful storytelling and a surprising twist power the story along told in Bucino's world weary voice

  10. Chrissie Chrissie says:

    I totally loved this book What a story Pure escapism into a real historical past Marvelous such a good story At the end of the book the author clearly states what is fact and what is fiction I had already looked up several of the characters and deeds This book and Wikepedia make history into an engaging story Five stars I have read through page 110 Wonderful entertainment The reader is pulled into Venice of the 1500s You are there with the dwarf the courtesan and the sparkling mpving water and shimmering lights of that world

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