A Golden Web
Alessandra is desperate to escape.
Desperate to escape her stepmother, who's locked her away for a year; to escape the cloister that awaits her and the marriage plans that have been made for her; to escape the expectations that limit her and every other girl in fourteenth-century Italy. There's no tolerance in her quiet village for Alessandra and her keen intelligence a...more
“Kau tidak akan dilupakan, Alessandra Giliani.”
“Kau berjanji kepadaku?”
Dan inilah janji Otto pada Alessandra..sebuah plakat..yang isinya..dipercaya dahulu merupakan jasad dari Alessandra Giliani, seorang wanita muda..yang menjadi dasar penulisan cerita ini.
“In quest'urna le ceneri di Alessandria Giliani, una giovane di Persiceto, abile nelle dimostrazioni anatomiche e discepola, eguagliata da pochi, di uno dei più famosi medici, Mondino de'Liuzzi, attendono la resurrezi ...more
Selesai jam 3.30 waktu setempat, rekor karena jam bacaku itu mentok sampe jam 3 saja.
Agak diluar bayangan dan harapanku sih sebenarnya ini cerita. Tentang Alessandra Gilliani seorang remaja yang berotak cemerlang yang sayangnya pada masa itu tradisi tidak memperbolehkan seorang wanita menjadi pandai, hanya boleh menjadi seorang ibu rumah tangga dan seorang biarawati. Bakatnya mulai terlihat ketika Fra Giuseppe seorang pendeta mesum sekaligus guru Nicco, k ...more
Based on the real life Alessandra Giliani, the first female anatomist (Be sure to read the Author's Note at the end!), this novel starts with Alessandra as a teenager under her jealous step mother's thumb. When she turns fourteen, her step mother sees fit to literally confine her the house. Alessandra desires to ...more
Alessandra has always been the odd one out in her family, more interested in reading scientific texts and exploring the forest with her older brother than proper feminine pursuits. She dreams of studying medicine and becoming a doctor - an unheard of ambition for a girl.
Her oddness draws the ire of her stepmother, who turns on Alessandra when her father's away. When her father agrees to arrange a marriage for her at her stepmother's insistence, Alessandr ...more
These are the details ...more
This book had me from the start. The writing style of A Golden Web had me feeling like a was reading an old fairy tale, mixed with a piece of history. It was quickly paced, easily read, and enjo ...more
A Golden Web is the imaginative, captivating, and unforgettable debut novel for young adults from established historical fiction author, Barbara Quick.
Alessandra is a girl full of intelligence, curiosity, and determination, characteristics unheard of in a girl of her era. She dreads being married and yearns to study medicine at the University, but to do so would provoke the accusations of being a witch. Alessandra was such a str ...more
As a character, I fell in love with Alessandra instantly. Her fiesty attitude, ...more
To be released April 2010.
Alessandra is desperate to escape from her stepmother, who's locked her away for a year; from the cloister that awaits her if she refuses the marriage plans that have been made for her; from the expectations that limit her and every other girl in fourteenth-century Italy.
In defiant pursuit of her dreams, Alessandra undertakes an audacious quest, her bravery equaled only by the dangers she faces. Disguised and alone in a city of ...more
I did ...more
Alessandra does the smart thing, she gets her brother to help teach her the ways of survival and how to be a boy. With this knowledge she is able to snea ...more
On the other hand, the plot seemed a little un-original and contrived. Willful girl fears boring life as a typical wife, disquises herself as a boy, runs away, it totally awesome at whatever she asprires to do, is even better than ALL of the men, is eventually found out by a man that she falls in love with, but luckily she's ...more
This aspect was better as it went on, but, initially, Alessandra felt too on the nose as the super-smart, ahead of her time girl. I did mostly buy how she ended up with an unusual ambition for the time period, which was nice.
Edit: I forgot to say. I thought of this as a middle grade book and the writing kind of reads like that. But it touches on eno ...more
Well then. I guess I won't be expecting a happ ...more
Wanita di masa sekarang tentu tidak akan senang. Namun sekitar abad ke-13 atau abad ke-14, pemikiran ini begitu mengakar di masyarakat. Seorang wanita hanya mendapatkan pendidikan secara informal, seperti dalam biara atau o ...more
-update 12 Jun 2011-
Malang benar nasib para perempuan yang hidup di Italia pada awal abad keempat belas. Hanya ada dua pilihan hidup bagi mereka: kalau tidak menjadi seorang istri, berarti menjadi biarawati. Kalaupun bekerja, paling-paling sebagai pelayan. Setiap perempuan yang menunjukkan kemampuan di bidang lainnya misalnya dal ...more
The book is so beautiful and sad at the same time. You keep wondering if being born as a girl is a mistake, for a girl can only do so much. What about her dreams, aspirations and feelings. What about her talent?
A book that provides food for thought.
A Golden Web by Barbara Quick is the story of Alessandra, a bright and inquisitive young girl living in a time period when intelligent women were frowned upon, feared and stifled. Her father is a stationer, which gives her access to books and she studies and reads all that she can get her hands on. After her step-mother (who hates her) forces her to remain in seclusion for a year, Alessandra knows it is time to make important d ...more
Alessandra sangat tertarik dengan ilmu kedokteran. Salah satu hal yang mendorong ...more
A Golden Web, by Barbara Quick, is a story of hope and inspiration to women of all times. Alessandra, still in her teens dreamt to learn grander things. She wanted to study medicine in the great University of ...more
If you know me, you know that I almost never give out 5 stars. I loved it ...more
Alessandra Giliani is no ordinary young girl. She is intelligent and her que ...more
Plot: Alessandra decides that she will try her best to get out of her marriage and plots a way to get to the city so she can study the human body and become a scholar. To do so, she must disguise herse ...more
Sumpah Hippokrates masih dijunjung hingga saat ini. Isinya adalah :
I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I fulfil according to my ability and judgement this oath and this covenant.
To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offs ...more
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"Is it?" Alessandra asked, unable to suppress a worried sigh.
Mina looked at her as if she knew exactly what Alessandra was thinking. "I said 'romantic love,' my dear--not true love."
"But how can one know," asked Alessandra, "one from the other?"
"True love," said Mina, "is something that reveals itself only with the passage of time.”