Mapping the Edge
When I finished this book, I just sat there and thought, "wait...what just happened?" The two different scenarios of what could've happened to Anna while she was missing really confused me - couldn't Dunant have just picked one and expanded on it more? There seemed to be way too many holes in the two stories, especially the kidnapping scenario. The character of the kidnapper was definitely not developed enough, and I did ...more
Added later: Too cryptic by far! As one reads this it seems straightfoprward enough. Two versions of a story at odds one with the other. A mystery. Which version is THE story? then the versions end. More mystery. Which version was THE version? How many versions were there? Do I know what I read? I do. I THINK. Will you know? Read it and then see what you think you know.
The unique choice she made in telling this story was interesting at first, but she didn't wrap it up as I would have liked. But even the other option would have left me unhappy, so really, I found this method counterproductive if her goal was to captivate the reader.
Anna is a single mom who has gone to Italy for a few days on short notice. Her best friends don't know why, but when she doesn't return home when expected they get worried and scared.
Meanwhile - Anna is having two different experiences -- one where she has met up with a secret lover and a second where she has been kidnapped and held against her will while a man lives out some strange fantasy and secretly photographs her.
The third story t ...more
This novel felt like a literary experiment. Sarah Dunant is a fantas ...more
There are two things going on here. Anna takes a solo trip, but doesn't come back when she's supposed to. Her friends, who are stuck taking care of Anna's kid, are at first accepting, then slightly worried, then definitely afraid about what Anna's failure to return means. That part was fine. It makes sense - your friends and family are worried, got it.
But then the reader is pre ...more
Anna wordt uit Florence terugverwacht door vriendin Estella, dochtertje Lily en vriend Paul. Maar Anna verschijnt niet op de afgesproken dag, noch op de dagen erna. Wat is er gebeurd? Het boek laat afwissse ...more
Of course, I fell in love with her work after reading "The Birth of Venus," which is an entirely different genre from that of "Mapping the Edge." I've also read her latest, "Sacred Hearts," which is another amazing historic fiction book that is so profoundly written and its plot so seamlessly well-constructed, that I am in awe of this brilliant writer.
"Mapping the Edge" is quite different.
I can't deny that Dunant's writi ...more
Anna's friends, Paul and Stella, look after Lily during her mother's absence when Anna hasn't returned from her trip when she was expected. As the days pass, Anna's friends fear that something has happened to her. They wonder if she's been abducted or is she staying away for s ...more
I have read three of Dunant's Renaissance Italy novels (I haven't gotten the recently released one on the Borgias yet) and I love her prose and rhythm of writing. Once locked it, it's impossible to get back out. It has always intrigued me that her early novels are considered standard mystery/thrillers and how she flipped a switch to go into historical fiction. I came across this book a few years ago when Borders was shutting its doors and had to move its inv ...more
I had only previously read Dunant's 'The Birth of Venus' and while I enjoyed that book because of the lush prose and vivid descriptions, I was completely unaware as to the impact that this book would have upon me...
The story tells of Anna Franklin, a single mother who journeys to Florence, Italy for a trip, leaving behind in London her young daughter. The story truly begins when Anna misses her return flight home...
The novel cuts between the story of what is happening to A ...more
Reviewed by Arlene Walsh
“While others were burning comet paths through the skies with their energy and ambition, I was standing underneath brushing their sparks from my clothing, afraid even to look up in case I got their fire in my eyes. In recent years, though I have found myself passing an increasing amount of debris from the burnout of faster, more colorful lives. Negative equities, second wives or husbands, the beginnings of double chins…”
Dunant gets the ac ...more
The protagonist, Anna, has disappeared off to Italy without telling anyone where or why (leaving her 6 year old daughter at home - nice). The story then alternates between the one written by her best friend Estella who has had to drop everything to look after the daughter, and Anna (who just to confuse matters more, has two seperate stories going on simultaniously - one where she is kidnapped and another where she is onvolved i ...more
I've not read any Sarah Dunant for ages. This one took me a while to get into. Then I loved it for a long time. Then I got a bit disappointed with the ending. That summarises it pretty well.
This is the Stella's story: her friend Anna goes missing on a trip to Italy and what we have as well as Stella coping with Anna's young daughter is two flights of Stella's imagination as she thinks about what could have happened to Anna. Figuring out the two parallel versions of what could have happened to A...more
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