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The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag

The Volcano Lover (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Susan Sontag

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Title:The Volcano Lover
Authors:Susan Sontag
Info:Farrar Straus & Giroux (1992), Edition: 1st, Hardcover, 419 pages
Collections:Books Read in 2012

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The Volcano Lover by Susan Sontag (1992)

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Excellent historical fiction; and an entertaining examination of the period of the royalist revolt of the Kingdom of Naples against republican France. The three principals in this novel are drawn out slowly as characters for whom we can sympathize. The final chapter allows each to speak for her/himself, as though each is beyond the story.
Susan Sontag saves her commendation for the learned and brave Eleanora Pimentel Fonseca, who edited the principal newspaper of the short-lived Parthenopian Republic in Naples. She compares her with the three main characters, Sir William Hamilton, Lady Emma Hamilton and Admiral Lord Nelson who sought glory or well-being and who did not care to consider the injustices that their pursuit of wealth and refinement inflicted on so many.
  ivanfranko | Jul 21, 2016 |
Series of three mini biographies in which the main characters are (even literally) entwined with each other. First profile of three is most convincing. Sontag's detail is so rich that she seems to have captured the Napoleonic revolutionary era.
  ted_newell | Jun 20, 2015 |
Pretty good book, fairly well-written but with a tendency to be wordy. The story is disjointed, with the first part of the book about the Volcano- lover and his wife, and second part more focused on Lady Hamilton and Admiral Nelson and ends a little flat. ( )
  charlie68 | Aug 14, 2013 |
I didn't love it but it wasn't a waste of time. I liked the prose when it was deliberate, but sometimes it was ponderous. I liked all the bits about the Cavaliere's duties and collecting and obsessing about volcanos. I liked when the penny dropped about who these characters were, what their names were.

But it would have taken me much longer if I had not had enforcedly empty hours to pass.
  ljhliesl | May 21, 2013 |
Loved it! ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
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Set in 18th century Naples, based on the lives of Sir William Hamilton, his celebrated wife Emma, and Lord Nelson, and peopled with many of the great figures of the day, this unconventional, bestselling historical romance from the National Book Award-winning author of In America touches on themes of sex and revolution, the fate of nature, art and the collector's obsessions, and, above all, love.

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