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The Stockholm Octavo (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Karen Engelmann

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Title:The Stockholm Octavo
Authors:Karen Engelmann
Info:Two Roads (2012), Hardcover, 432 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:****1/2
Tags:historical fiction, Sweden, 18th century, conspiracy

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The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Engelmann (2012)

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Very interesting book! Different from anything else I've read. ( )
  dkhiggin | Aug 25, 2014 |
This was a fun, semi-historical, story that takes place during the 18th century around the time of the French Revolution. A madame who lays the mysterious Octavo (early form of tarot cards) gets herself and a young man involved in actively altering their fate and the fate of the aristocracy. ( )
  KristinaGiovanni | Apr 4, 2014 |
This is about a time period I know fairly well, and a country that I know little of at that time. Add in mysterious cards which function as a tarot, and the secret language of lady's fans, and soon I'm pretty sure I'm not the target audience. But I enjoyed it and recommend it. ( )
  MikeRhode | Feb 21, 2014 |
bookshelves: paper-read, historical-fiction, sweden, gambling, bedside, autumn-2013, stockholm, paris, spies, published-2012, amusing, france, summer-2013
Recommended to ☯Bettie☯ by: Jeanette (jema)
Read from August 13 to September 07, 2013

Dedication: For Erik

French/Swedish timelines 1770-1792

Opening:

Arte et Marte(Art and War); Inscription over the entrance to Riddarhuset - The House of Nobles - in Stockholm

Chapter One: Stockholm 1789

Stockholm is called the Venice of the North, and with good reason. Travellers claim that it is just as complex, just as grand, and just as mysterious as its sister in the south.

A light-hearted and novel way to retell a significant piece of Swedish history. It is not essential to know this history before reading because it is all laid out rather well, however if the history is known there well be more 'aaah' moments in the reading.

Needless to say, this had all the right ingredients and I loved it; dare say that Engelmann may be contemplating a sequel, the historical backdrop for what happened next is just as scintillating a subject.

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Gifted from Jeanette, and a lovely pack of tarot cards to go with it.

Thanks You J, A super gift. And of the postcards, Karin Boye is my favourite. There is such a lovely statue of her near the top of Avenyn, to the left as you climb up towards Poseidon.

Also, the photo; is that of sand dunes in Skellefteå? I see you have a swimming pool up there. ( )
  mimal | Feb 8, 2014 |
Sweden at the time of the French Revolution. A tale of life translated through a Taroh-like reading of the cards. ( )
  lisahistory | Dec 1, 2013 |
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" ... an irresistible cipher between two covers — an atmospheric tale of many rogues and a few innocents gambling on politics and romance in the cold, cruel north."
added by JBD1 | editNew York Times, Susann Cokal (Dec 7, 2012)
 
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061995347, Hardcover)

Life is close to perfect for Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm. He is a true man of the Town—a drinker, card player, and contented bachelor—until one evening when Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor, shares with him a vision she has had: a golden path that will lead him to love and connection. She lays an Octavo for him, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision—if he can find them.

Emil begins his search, intrigued by the puzzle of his Octavo and the good fortune Mrs. Sparrow's vision portends. But when Mrs. Sparrow wins a mysterious folding fan in a card game, the Octavo's deeper powers are revealed. For Emil it is no longer just a game of the heart; collecting his eight is now crucial to pulling his country back from the crumbling precipice of rebellion and chaos. Set against the luminous backdrop of late eighteenth-century Stockholm, as the winds of revolution rage through the great capitals of Europe, The Stockholm Octavo brings together a collection of characters, both fictional and historical, whose lives tangle in political conspiracy, love, and magic in a breathtaking debut that will leave you spellbound.

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Life is close to perfect for Emil Larsson, a self-satisfied bureaucrat in the Office of Customs and Excise in 1791 Stockholm. He is a true man of the Town--a drinker, card player, and contented bachelor--until one evening when Mrs. Sofia Sparrow, a fortune-teller and proprietor of an exclusive gaming parlor, shares with him a vision she has had: a golden path that will lead him to love and connection. She lays an Octavo for him, a spread of eight cards that augur the eight individuals who can help him realize this vision--if he can find them.… (more)

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