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The Venetian Contract by Marina Fiorato

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
Tags:historical fiction, plague

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The Venetian Bargain 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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"Venice, 1576. Five years after the defeat of the Ottoman Empire at the Battle of Lepanto, 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. But the ship also holds a secret stowaway--Feyra, a young and beautiful harem doctor fleeing a future as the Sultan's concubine. Only her wits and medical knowledge keep her alive as the plague ravages Venice. In despair, the Doge commissions the architect Andrea Palladio to build the greatest church of his career--an offering to God so magnificent that Venice will be saved. But Palladio's life is in danger too, and it will require all the skills of Annibale Cason, the city's finest plague doctor, to keep him alive. What Annibale had not counted on was meeting Feyra, who is now under Palladio's protection--an impossible woman whose medical skills and determination are matched only by his own. From Marina Fiorato, author of the acclaimed historical novel The Glassblower of Murano, comes a triumphant return to historical Venice with Venetian Bargain"--… (more)

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