Abandoned as an infant, fourteen-year-old Anna Maria dal Violin is one of the elite musicians living in the foundling home where the "Red Priest," Antonio Vivaldi, is maestro and composer. Fiercely determined to find out where she came from, Anna Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery that carries her into a wondrous and haunting world of music and spectacle, bringi...more
¥150 at BookOff. I’m at it again.
It was a pleasant enough read, but so devoid of surprises! The most interesting part (part?) was Silvio. I waited to see whether he was going to get into some serious trouble, and worried for him, but no… suddenly he turned out to be your run-of-the-mill fashionable gay best friend. No secrets, no surprises. Everything went just too smoothly for everyone: Anna, Vivaldi, Silvio, Marietta (especially the latter). Now I hate the “rule” that the writer should heap up ...more
When you finish reading the book, you will want to start over because the orphan's mystery is solved.
Read more about this book from at CultureVulture.net and my blog The Dressing on Scene4 Maga ...more
Anna Maria dal Violin is an orphan raised at the Pieta and trained in music from a young age. She excels in the violin and comes under the tutelage of Antonio Vivaldi. As she comes of age, Anna Maria struggles against the cloistered life the Church decrees for its choir girls. She longs for freedom and to find her birth parents ...more
In this tale, our protagonist is Anna Maria del Violin, who was left at Venice's Ospedale de Pieta as a foundling. She is writing from her perspective as one of the ospedale's music instructors, looking back at past events. The novel is semi-epistolary; part of the action is told via Anna Maria's letters to a mother for whom she is constantly searching.
As a mystery it fails to draw me in and I couldn't keep track of the characters in the conf ...more
Also, the author used many Italian words without explaining them. I found this very frustrating, even tho some terms could be deciphered by the context. At the end of the book, I discovered as I finished it, is a gloss ...more
The whole time I ...more
Even if you are not a fan of classical music, you'll be searching for a ...more
Anna Maria dal Violin is one of the musicians at the Ospedale della Piete where Antoni Vivaldi is maestro.
Readers of 'Marrying Mozart' will possibly also enjoy this novel.
What really stuck out to me were the somewhat scandalous and and even progressive moments in the book. Anna Mari ...more
Oh my goodness gracious...I had to read this one twice. I raced through it the first time and realized I hadn't paid enough attention to give it a decent review, I was so caught up in the poetry of the narrative. No exaggeration, I've never read prose this lyrical. I doubt I've read anything written with such detail, either. This is how you write historical fiction, painstaking research woven in so seamlessly t ...more
É um texto delicado, elegante, que desde o início, nos prende às suas páginas. Repleto de momentos de ternura que nos emocionam, aproxima-se, em muitas das suas passagens, dos princípios da narrativa poética.
Os factos desenrolam-se, no século XVIII, em Veneza, e retratam muito da realidade da época, tanto ao nível social e político, como no plano religios ...more
I loved the ambiance of Venice at this time in history and the various ways people got around the regulations of the day. A well orchestrated book.
3/5 stars….. maybe 4 stars
This is historical fiction about the eloborate Venetian society of the 1700’s. The story is told by Anna Maria da Violin who is an inmate of the Ospedale della Pieta . The Ospedale is a combination of foundling home, music academy and cloister. It is an extremely structured community with rigid rules and its own class structure based in some part upon musical talent. The narrative of the story jumps back and forth between the letters wri ...more