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The Venetian Contract (edition 2012)

by Marina Fiorato

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Title:The Venetian Contract
Authors:Marina Fiorato
Info:John Murray Publishers Ltd (2012), Paperback
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Rating:****
Tags:historical fiction, plague

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The Venetian Contract by Marina Fiorato

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I adore historical fiction and I adore science, especially the medical sciences, so this book was supposed to be a treat for me. Mix in a strong female protagonist and interesting descriptions of historical medical science and it's supposed to be a hit, right?

Unfortunately, the book is marred by stilted, unrealistic dialogue -- not just by Feyra but by nearly all of the characters. So much so that the uncomfortably unrealistic dialogue distracted me from the book and made it a chore to finish the book.

What I did enjoy were the descriptions of how medical science was handled in 1500s Italy. Just amazing how the doctors wore those costumes and that mask! (I Googled some images; wow!) ( )
  amandacb | Jul 10, 2014 |
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1576. Five years after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire, a ship steals unnoticed into Venice bearing a deadly cargo. A man more dead than alive, disembarks and staggers into Piazza San Marco. He brings a gift to Venice from Constantinople. Within days the city is infected with bubonic plague - and the Turkish Sultan has his revenge.… (more)

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