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The Remedy

3.28  ·  Rating Details ·  330 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
I was an unwilling nun, bundled into the convent by a family that had briefly lost its head . . .

The nuns caught me early by my sweet tooth, hanging sugared almonds, balsamic lozenges, and candied fruit in the humid swoop of the orchard branches whenever we went . . .

I married Christ in a delirium spun of sweetened wine. I was only bitter later, when I saw little girls dre
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published November 22nd 2005 by Harper (first published 2005)
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Sep 10, 2011 Miriam rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: those obsessed with the filth of the past
Shelves: unfinished
There must be a term for this sub-genre of historical fiction which focuses on extensive description of the sordidness and filth of the past: the stenches, the sores and sicknesses, the gutters clogged with feces, the pox-scarred prostitutes reeking of sweat, jism and tooth-decay, the scarred and deformed poor. Accompanying this physical description, as if the dirt of the past were a reflection of its moral caliber rather than its lack of sanitation, is what seems an obsession with the ...more
Um livro diferente. (

Mais uma vez, parti à descoberta e decidi ler um livro de um autor que ainda não conhecia. Este Remédio pareceu-me ser interessante por várias razões. Primeiro, a acção decorre em duas cidades que exercem um grande fascínio em mim: Londres e Veneza. Segundo, é um romance histórico e apesar de não ser o meu género de eleição é um género que tem vindo a crescer proporcionalmente nos meus interesses para desanuviar de outras leituras. T
Audrey P
Sep 23, 2007 Audrey P rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: theater majors & SCA members
For having such grandiose language and detailed descriptions, it really didnt have a plot to match. It was a little disappointing to have such a trite love story come from such an interesting setting. I will say, though, that Lovric does have an amazing vocabulary - my favorite epithet: "a hefty bit of nastiness".

Apr 03, 2012 Juushika rated it it was ok
A historical romance-cum-drama set in the underbellies of 1780s London and Venice. I could finish reading this—it's overlong but not poorly paced on the whole, and the prose is often laborious and strangely stilted, but far from unreadable—but I don't want to. There's little to intrigue, here, despite the richness of the historical setting: what opens well with the story of a young recalcitrant nun devolves into an insipid romance, and while there's a hint of conspiracy in the background ...more
Where to begin with my review of this book?

It may end up being just as muddied as the plot line to 'The Remedy' if I'm not careful...

What this is at its very core is a love story.

A very predictable (I correctly guessed the plot twist within the first few chapters), well-researched love story set against an interesting historical backdrop.

What drew me to this book initially was the fact that it was set in 18th century London and dealt with Quack doctors and other unsavory folk. It promised (an
Jan 21, 2016 Tita rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: meus, livros-2015, _d_
Comprei-o porque era um livro que me atraía, quer pela capa, quer pela sinopse.
No entanto, e apesar de desta vez o ter conseguido terminar, não foi história que me agarrasse.
A história prometia, uma actriz e espiã; e o seu amante contrabandista; com cenas a alternar entre Londres e Veneza.
Apesar de ser um livro um pouco mais descritivo e com menos diálogos, senti falta de um contexto histórico e social da época mais detalhado, em detrimento de cenas que pouco ou nada senti que traziam à história
Lori Anderson
Aug 10, 2008 Lori Anderson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: European historical fiction fans
Recommended to Lori by: found it in a coffee shop!
I have a love for historical fiction, particularly of the 1700's, and even more so of Italy. I quite enjoyed this book, even though it did make me pull out my dictionary a few times!

Venice and London are the cities of note in "The Remedy", and while it's a love story, it's a twisted one. I particularly liked the ending -- I saw one twist coming about halfway through the book, but the last one eluded me for a while.

If you liked "In the Company of the Courtesan", you'll probably like this one, to
Theresa Bearegard
Oct 10, 2016 Theresa Bearegard rated it did not like it
I DID NOT finish this book. Could not get into it.
Sep 25, 2012 Martin rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical
It took me more than a month to read this novel, which is extremely long for me. Honestly I don't think the novel is all that bad, but it is certainly confusing and frustrating. Ironically the plot is clear and predictable after the first few pages of the second part, how it all plays out after that is a bit of a mess though.

A rebellious Venetian girl is shipped off to a local convent where she at least can't make any more trouble for her noble family. Inside the convent things go from bad to wo
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Jul 29, 2013 Molly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
Este é um dos livros que quis devido à capa e ao título. A sinopse também fez com que ficasse curiosa. Recebi-o pelo Natal, mas só o li agora porque decidi esperar e ler outros entretanto.

Este livro é especial, primeiro porque o tempo verbal utilizado não condiz com a narrativa e isso torna a leitura um pouco difícil. Para conseguir ler-se o livro em condições é preciso ignorar-se a escrita, o que é difícil pois a escrita faz a narrativa. Até mais ou menos à página 250 devo dizer que foi um pou
Márcia B.
Atenção: Poderá conter spoilers.

Acabei de ler o livro hoje, por isso esta pequena crítica sai fresquinha!
Como dá para perceber pelo resumo, é um drama de época com duas personagens principais: uma espia veneziana e um charlatão inglês.
Não é uma leitura "pesada" ou que exiga um elevado nível de concentração para perceber a história, o que a torna perfeita para aquela leitura antes de dormir que muitos(as) gostam (eu incluída).
Outros pontos a favor deste livro é que tem um certo humor, que eu ache
Jan 10, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
I'm at a loss how to categorize this book: It much of it centers on romance and a love story of sortis, but it is not a typical romance. It starts with a murder and ends with the solution to that murder, but is not a mystery. There are spies, there is espionage in the good old fashioned sense (an actress reporting to her keepers for starters) but it in no way resembles the spy stories of today. Borne would be totally clueless with this one. Good girl gone bad, or perhaps bad girl gone good-- ...more
This was a good book, but not as engrossing as I've found other books by Lovric to be. I did like the characters, but I never grew attached to them. I think the other drawback was that it was just a bit to far fetched. Lovric often seems to straddle the line between the impossible to believe and the could be possible line. Usually she stays a little more in the possible realm, bringing credibility. For me, using inspired historical context calls for a little bit more realism for the story line. ...more
Terri Garey
May 27, 2009 Terri Garey rated it liked it
This book was a surprise, in that I started it, found it extremely slow going and put it aside, only to pick it up again months later during a reading "dry spell".

I'm glad I did, because I ended up enjoying it immensely. As an author, I could see where the author of this book struggled with trying to be a bit too enigmatic about her characters (as well as her plot) in the beginning, and then tried to make up for it later, which led to a bit of overall "jerkiness" in the story. I found myself que
Apr 09, 2012 Madelynp rated it it was ok
I had such trouble choosing between two and three stars for this book. As many other reviewers have said, the plot was entirely predictable and the three main characters were completely terrible (maybe?) people. HOWEVER (in uppercase, please note), the writing is delightful and the author deserves her Orange Prize nomination for this book. Although I wouldn't necessarily recommend this book immediately to someone, I certainly wouldn't encourage them to put it down (as I would with several books ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Cindy rated it it was ok
A novel of 18th century Venice and London. A high bred young woman is placed in a convent against her will. she's given out as a whore to a man. When impregnated she is abandoned by her lover, the nun's tell her the baby died and she's given out to be an actress and a spy for the state.

She falls in love with a smuggler who produces products for medical quakes. He is the ward of her A"dead" baby who is now age 16. She will eventually avenge her lover's abandonment and end up with the smuggler who
Kerry Bridges
I read this one because I enjoyed "The Book of Human Skin" which I thought was very cleverly written. This one I found a lot harder to get into and I didn't like the "recipes" at the beginning of each chapter - they just annoyed me. Once I got into the book, I did enjoy it and I think it is worth persevering over the time it takes to set the scene.

The book is about a young girl from Venice who is shut away in a nunnery by her parents and who then escapes and is made to work for the Venetian gov
Feb 18, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-historical
c2005: FWFTB: 1785, actress, theatre, convent, London. This book started off really well and I had great hopes for an enjoyable read. The language used and the grammar was reminiscent of the era but as the pacing flagged so my irritation with this affectation increased. When I started to see how this whole story was going to work out, I started to get a tad impatient hence the 'meh' rating. I am not sure who in the normal crew would enjoy this so unfortunately unable to recommend. "Venice flutt ...more
Mar 22, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it
As a wanna-be Venetian, this book was fascinating, especially as it was also partially set in another favorite city of mine, London! Both the plot and the language was very complex in this book, which kept drawing me in. I confess to having figured out the relationship between the characters early on, but that did not keep me from staying interested in what would happen next.

If you like history, and enjoy layered plots with subtle moments and twists, you will enjoy this. Love Venice like I do? T
Feb 27, 2013 Jess rated it it was ok
Michelle Lovric writes beautifully. Her prose is rich and delightful, and I was positively awed by some of her descriptive passages. However, The Remedy falls down on the level of plot, which spoiled the experience of this book for me. It started well, but then fell into a very meandering middle and end. The whole thing relied too much on an initial coincidence, and there was no real tension throughout. This was a real shame, as I absolutely adored Lovric's The Book of Human Skin. I recommend ...more
Dec 07, 2012 Jane rated it really liked it
If you are a fan of historical fiction and haven't read any of Michelle Lovric's work yet, I totally recommend. The Remedy, set in the late 1700s, takes us back and forth between Venice and London and entwines the stories of Venetian actress Mimosina Dolcezza, rogue Valentine Greatrakes and woman-child Pevenche. Lovric paints a vivid picture of the urban world of the late 1700s, from the theatre to the work of the quacks who sell their remedies to the unsuspecting masses. This was a very ...more
Sep 11, 2009 Ana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quase desisti deste livro. Ao ler as primeiras 50 páginas, estava a achar tudo muito esquisito... a história quase não andava, estava a custar-me a ler. Como raramente ponho um livro de lado, decidi continuar e devo confessar que até gostei. Passando aquela fase inicial, até mostrou ser uma história interessante, original (pelo menos em comparação com o tipo de livro que costumo ler), embora tenha partes um bocadinho "difíceis de engolir". Também gostei bastante das personagens. Para mim, um ...more
May 19, 2012 Olgalijo rated it liked it
I always like historical novels, and if they are set in Venice it's definitely a biggie. In this case though, I had trouble suspending disbelief. The hidden and darker parts of society in Venice and London are very well depicted, which gives a certain amount of freshness to the genre; but the twists and turns of the plot, which ended up being very predictable, had me raising an eyebrow more than once.
May 01, 2013 Angie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: michelle-lovric
It could of been better. The description of the east end of London from that time period were good. All that gin. The amount the 2 main people went to and from London to Venice was a bit over the top, and the things she got up to as a nun, well what most of the nuns behaved like, was crazy. But I liked the recurring character, of the woman artist, who appeared in the other 3 books. Just a bit over long as well.
Nov 28, 2011 Angela rated it really liked it
Whilst it may be true that the "mystery" is quite easy to predict, I didn't find that it spoiled my enjoyment. The recipes for various "potions" at the beginning of each chapter are fascinating, and the descriptions vividly conjure up images of 18th century London and Venice, in all their festering, stinking glory! I didn't expect to like it as much as I did, but it drew me in and kept me riveted right to the end.
Mar 24, 2013 Mira15 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"O Remédio" foi um livro que me permitiu viajar até à Sereníssima e bela Veneza, cujo ambiente é muito especial e único. As personagens são destemidas e carismáticas, e a narrativa é fascinante, tendo captado a minha atenção desde o primeiro momento.

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Apr 29, 2015 Lindsey rated it it was ok
While it was interesting learning of the business of "quackery" in Georgian London, I found myself getting bored with this book. My interest started waning when Pevenche started to become a major character. This spoiled brat is just portrayed as a whining glutton and it just put me off the story.
Naira Manougian
Seems that by page 200 I am starting to guess who may have killed Valentin's friend, Tom. The whole story seems to lead toward the resolution on finding the reason Tom was killed and the person who killed him. Though, one question still remains unsolved is whether Valentin and the woman he loves, Mimosina, will ever reunite.
I got this book in my bookclub Christmas book exchange, and finally got around to reading it! It is well written and certainly full of twists and turns as well as engaging characters. It was a fun read.
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Michelle Lovric is a novelist, writer and anthologist.

Her third novel, The Remedy, was long-listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction. The Remedy is a literary murder-mystery set against the background of the quack medicine industry in the eighteenth century.

Her first novel, Carnevale, is the story of the painter Cecilia Cornaro, described by The Times as the possessor of ‘the most covetable l
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