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The Virtuoso

3.04  ·  Rating Details  ·  135 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
In Margriet de Moor's prizewinning novel a strange and extraordinary love story unfolds amid the carriages, churches, and shadowed harbors of eighteenth-century Naples. For one entire opera season, Carlotta, a Neapolitan duchess, sits in her candle-lit box captive to her passion for Gasparo, the tantalizing castrato with whom she has been smitten since their childhood toge ...more
Hardcover, 200 pages
Published March 20th 2000 by Overlook Books (first published 1993)
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Bine
Mar 24, 2015 Bine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2,5 Sterne.
Ich bin froh, dass ich mit diesem Buch endlich durch bin, obwohl es so schmal ist.
Ich weiß nicht, ob ich dieses Buch nicht verstanden habe und mir etwas entgangen ist, aber mich hat es zu 80% nur gelangweilt. Stellenweise habe ich es nur überflogen, schließlich passiert 180 Seiten eigentlich immer das Gleiche: Opernbesuche, Sex, Opernbesuche, Sex.
Die Sprache hat zwar irgendwo ihren eigenen Reiz, wirkt aber irgendwie diffus und verwirrt, zumal die Szenen sowieso so schnell wechseln, da
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Kate Schindler
Sep 03, 2010 Kate Schindler rated it it was ok
I knocked this out in an hour and a half. It was enjoyable, about a castrato in 16th or 17th Century Naples and the countess who loves him, but it was a little weird. Very...reflective. But it does give an interesting perspective of life in that culture.
Joyce
No stars! Boring , boring and still boring at page 80. Margriet de Moor is not my favourite autor. Shift delete.
Sandra
Aug 31, 2008 Sandra rated it did not like it
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I didn't like this book. I think the writer could've gotten more out of the book than what she really did. I'm sure there must be more to a story then just what happens between the sheets? Sure, there were some other things that happened, but not too much.. The intermezzo which predicted the end was very annoying as well.
Maureen
Sep 07, 2009 Maureen rated it it was ok
Interesting historical fiction. Jumped around a lot, but that cold be because it was a translated book.
Dragana
Dec 14, 2007 Dragana rated it really liked it
Original, erotic love story between a Neapolitan noblewoman and a castrato. Delightful.
Joanna Parungao
Beautiful language, utterly inspiring.
Lu
Feb 22, 2010 Lu marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Margriet de Moor was born in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in 1941. She comes from a Catholic family with many children and grew up with nine siblings, six of them girls. The theme of sisterhood was to become a common theme in her work. She studied Piano and Song at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague, and was especially interested in the music of avant-garde composers such as Schönberg, Satie and D ...more
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