A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century
I expected a story of romance and unfortunately I didn't find anything about this story romantic. I thought the lovers in this historical tale were crazy, lying, obsessive lunatics and if they lived in America in present time they would have had restraining orders filed ...more
The lovers meet at the respective ages of 24 and 16...the girl is an "inappropriate" choice for a future political leader of Venice. Their relationship drives the plot, yet I couldn't muster sympathy for them. They were young, passionate, stubborn enough to take risks that would ruin their future...yet I was n ...more
The other author does a great job with the materials as it's a true story and it's really interesting to read his family's connection to the story.
It was fun to read about the 18th century in Venice as it was the last hay-day before Napoleon invaded. The author talks fairly extensively abo ...more
This book is the compilation of those letters with di Robilants explanations and contextualisation of the period and the political incidents and social customs of the time. As a love story I must confess that reading some of the letters m ...more
The two lovers begin a torrid love affair soon after they me ...more
Anyway, the author's Father was fascinated by their story. He talked and worked at writing their story, a ...more
I particularly liked the format in which the author presented the story. In between the telling of the story, he used the couple's letters in order to give them a voice. It re ...more
With power and money at stake, romantic love was considered indulgent and selfish. In Venice, matches needed not only ...more
The reader learns (if they have the staying power) about 18th Century European life & the rigid social structure of the Venetian Republic. The highlight for me was the interactions between the protagonists an ...more
The melodrama between the lovers, the restraints of their society and their different social classes made the whole thing i ...more
Instead what you get is a story about two young people who has a brief relationship before she has to travel abroad and he stays behind. To continue to lead the leisurely life of a 18th century noble (view spoiler)[(drink,play cards and get involved with other women (hide spoiler)]
All the while she is in France (view spoiler)[(pregnant and poor) (hide spoiler)]
Its true that they knew Casanova and he fig ...more
Their difficult situation did not always bring out the best in them but their love and passion was real and raw and that made it beautiful and powerful. It can be difficult ...more
This book is not for everyone. If you like historical books, you will find plenty to enjoy in this book. However if you are looking for a great love story, this is not it.
The positive aspect of this book was being able to read real letters and get an authentic look at what it was like to be in love in a time when marriage was not about ...more
Barbara recommended this book. It's fiction based on an actual series of letters between two lovers. The writing is wonderful, the story is exciting, and the setting spectacular.
There is a fascinating journey from court to court, from Venice to Paris to London, while the mother tries to marry off her beautiful daughter. The realities of travel at that time were astonishing. The comparison of court life, manners, etiquette and customs are intriguing and are told with genuine knowledge of the peri...more