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Antonio's Wife: A Novel
From the glamorous uptown world of opera to the seedy underbelly of New York City's worst tenements, a page-turning roller-coaster ride of kidnappings, betrayals, bribes, hidden identities, and twisted intriguesBy 1908 Francesca Frascatti has reached the pinnacle of success in the opera world. A fiery-haired Neapolitan diva with an infamously volatile temperament, Francesc ...more
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published March 2nd 2004 by Harper
(first published March 2004)
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I liked it, BUT...not enough to finish it. The characters felt a little unreal to me. For example, Antonio's mistress is just evil and lustful. She doesn't have much else, and while I'm sure that there is the occasional person like this, it made her seem wooden. Also, Mina is sexually attracted to Dante right away, despite the fact that she apparently has been raped and beaten a zillion times with her husband. I'm not saying someone who has been abused can't be attracted to someone, but I have a ...more
My favorite kind of historical fiction in the sense of rich detail. One problem I had though was with the story. Sometimes the author would end a chapter or section having just completed a crucial conversation or event. She would begin that next section or chapter in the midst of that same event from another character's perspective. More often it was redundant rather than adding any significant depth.
its probably because i just got out of a bad relationship with a scumbag of the same name, but this book was sort of my way of seeking revenge. the plot was kind of see through halfway through the book but then it twisted closer to the end. i enjoyed it, and it helped that i knew a little bit of Italian to understand the certain phrases.