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A Golden Web

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  523 ratings  ·  101 reviews

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 and u

Kindle Edition, 276 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2000)
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Michiyo 'jia' Fujiwara
“Aku tidak mau dilupakan.”
“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
Tara Chevrestt
This was a quick, easy read, classified as a Young Adult novel for ages 12 and up but I honestly think the writing style is more for pre teens, not that older people won't enjoy it tho.

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
Sulis Peri Hutan
Alhamdulillah dapet ni buku dari atria :D
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
From the start A Golden Web is a very enchanting book. I found myself liking Alessandra from the very beginning. She is a smart girl in a culture where women are mainly there to marry and to tend house and have babies. On top of all of these usual expectations, Alessandra is the oldest daughter and has a stepmother who is not overly fond of her.

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
A Golden Web by Barbara Quick 5 of 5 stars.
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
After reading The False Princess, Alessandra was quite refreshing. Resourceful, intelligent, and willing to deal with situations as they come, she's an entirely likable heroine. And her brother, Nicco, is every bit as likable. The romance between her and Otto got a little bit on my nerves, but overall I did not mind it too much. It was more Alessandra's "young love" that I didn't particularly care for than anything else, but I would not change it if only because it was accurate. Otto's discovery ...more
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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
Alvi Harahap
If you are a fan of historical fiction, you should check this one out. It was quick, interesting, inspiring tale of Alessandra Giliani, Italy's first anatomist (who may or may not have actually existed). Part biography, part fiction and part cinderella story, A Golden Web is a book you want to check out.

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
Heidi Turnquist
A Golden Web is about a girl, named Alessandra Gilliana growing up in the 14th century in Italy. Her mother died when her youngest brother was born and she is now living as her stepmother's least favorite child. For some reson "Zan" as she is dubbed by her siblings is unusually knoweledgeable and has a unique capacity to learn. She does not like her stepmother very much but is at least allowed to run outside and play with her other siblings or spend her time learning and reading. That is until h ...more
Hmmm...this book is a little confusing for me to decide whether or not to like it. Overall, it was an entertaining read, with decent descriptions, and a good historical feel.

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
I'm usually not a big fan of historical fiction, but Alessandra's story drew me in right from the beginning. Her story is one that fills story books. The girl who is trapped, and longs to be free. Who knows that she is destined for something better. However where Alessandra's story strays from the norm, is that she actually does it! She doesn't just dream about leaving, she doesn't just wish to be better, she does it.

As a character, I fell in love with Alessandra instantly. Her fiesty attitude,
A Golden Web by Barbara Quick is an incredibly inspiring retelling of the life of Alessandra Giliani. Though the tale of a young girl that refuses to give up her dreams IS touching- I found myself skimming the pages as the first 130 pages are relatively dull. Though I'm a fan of historical fiction, there was something that kept me from completely throwing myself into this story. I think it is just because it took so long to get to the adventure- where Alessandra disguises herself and flees.

I did
Lies Tangalayuk
Another great historical fiction work. I always appreciate this genre, especially the author. Moreover, Miss Quick also touches the gender inequality as the main theme. As the main character, Alessandra fights really hard to pursuit her dream that is to get to school and become a doctor, which is impossible for woman in the 14th century of Italy. She doesn't only must run away from home, but also dress up and act like a man. However, this is kind of a happy ending story where Alessandra gets her ...more
I suppose the biggest problem is the characters didn't come alive for me. And neither did the historical setting. The characters felt kind of modern.

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
Definitely a teen novel, A Golden Web surprised me by being a very interesting, highly detailed, and entertaining read. This book needs to be on the list of books young girls should read for inspiration. More stories like this need to be told, despite being not the best written work, but I admire the telling of Allesandra's story because for too long women have been behind men in creating new ideas and women deserve better. I admire Allesandra and I would recommend this book to a younger reader ...more
A Golden Web adalah sebuah historical fiction yang bercerita tentang Alessandra Gilliani. Alessandra kecil sudah terlihat jenius sejak bayi. Ketika beranjak dewasa, dia suka sekali membaca buku dan mencari tahu tentang alam sekitarnya. Beruntung baginya, ayahnya, Carlo Gilliani adalah pemilik percetakan yang menduplikasi buku-buku dari para penulis ternama. Di antara buku-buku itu adalah buku-buku tentang kedokteran.

Alessandra sangat tertarik dengan ilmu kedokteran. Salah satu hal yang mendorong
Marina Zala
** Books 232 - 2014 **

Buku ini mengisahkan kisah perjalanan hidup seorang Gadis yang bernama Alessandra Gilliani yang tinggal bersama Ayahnya, Carlo dan Ibu tirinya, Ursula. Alessandra memiliki seorang aban bernama Nicco dan 2 orang adik perempuan bernama Pierina dan Dodo. Alessandra terlahir sebagai gadis yang tumbuh dengan ketertarikan pada buku dan memiliki kercerdasan diatas rata-rata

Ketika sudah cukup umur, Ia harus menjalani kodratnya sebagai wanita dimana ia diharuskan menikah tetapi Ales
Alessandra Giliani is the daughter of a medieval stationer, or bookmaker and seller, living in 14th c. Italy where girls like Alessandra are expected to marry and raise children. Alessandra doesn't wish to be married. She fears dying in childbirth like her own beloved mother and dreams of going to the University at Bologna to study anatomy. Alessandra, bright and curious, is a thorn in her step-mother's side and Ursula is determined to be rid of her troublesome step-daughter. Alessandra is prote ...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
Laurie Treacy
The wonderful thing about reading is discovery: being taken to other worlds, meeting different types of people or beings, learning about various situations. What I really love about reading is being surprised and I find that this special element doesn't happen as often as I would hope it would. A GOLDEN WEB is a novel which not only surprised me, it took me to another time and place and totally engrossed me in the story.

Alessandra Giliani is no ordinary young girl. She is intelligent and her que
Aristoteles menyuarakan pemikirannya bahwa seorang wanita secara fisik lebih rendah dari pria, tempat wanita harusnya hanya dirumah, dan wanita tidak perlu mendapatkan pendidikan yang sama dengan seorang pria. Hei para wanita…apakah anda senang mendengar pendapat seperti itu?

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
Who says that all Italian women of the 1400’s accepted their fate without question? Why should they accept that the sciences were privy only to men? One woman, Alessandra Gilliani of Persiceto dared to differ and follow her dream. No one could suppress this young girl's quest for knowledge.
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
Alessandra Giliani is intelligent and inquisitive, and in fourteenth century Italy, those are not welcome traits in a young woman who is expected to settle down, marry, and raise a household. Alessandra longs for more than being cloistered away until her wedding. She longs to discover new things and new ideas. When being cooped up in the cloister becomes too much for Alessandra, she concocts a daring plan and will risk everything to learn more and become the world's first female anatomist.

Alessandra Giliani yang di masa kecil nyaris dicelakai oleh pengasuhnya karena memiliki sorot mata berbeda dan mampu mengucapkan kata-kata yang sulit dengan sempurna saat bayi, tumbuh menjadi gadis remaja pengagum Aristotels yang penuh rasa ingin tahu, pengamat alam sekitar yang cermat, adik yang lembut, dan kakak yang hangat dan penuh kasih. Dia membantu Nicco, kakaknya, untuk menerjemahkan tugas bahasa latin, dan menyelamatkan guru pribadi Nicco yang tersedak dan dipikir telah meninggal. Aless ...more
The fictional retelling of actual events, A Golden Web has me a bit ambivalent. Eloquently written by Quick I found myself going back and forth between really liking the story and not caring either way.

What worked for me most with this book was the historical aspect. When I picked it up I had no idea that it was based on actual events. It wasn’t until I completed it and read the Author’s Note at the end that I realized that Alessandra was real and true. Having that knowledge gave me the opportun
If you are a fan of historical fiction, you should check this one out. It was quick, interesting, inspiring tale of Alessandra Giliani, Italy's first anatomist (who may or may not have actually existed). Part biography, part fiction and part cinderella story, A Golden Web is a book you want to check out.

Alessandra was lucky enough to grow up in the country where she was allowed to ride, play games, study and read like a boy. That is until her stepmother deems her actions unacceptable for a wome
Kisah mengenai seorang ahli anatomi perempuan pertama.
sebenarnya kebenaran tentang ia sebagai seorang ahli anatomi dan keberadaanya sendiri masih menjadi misteri. saat Barbara Quick melakukan tinjauan awal untuk menulis kisah tentang perempuan ini, ia menemui beberapa orang namun mereka mengatakan bahwa keberadaan wanita ini hanyalah rumor belaka. namun tanpa mempedulikan rumor tersebut Barbara pun terus menelusuri jejaknya, hingga ia pun menemukan guci berisi abu Perempuan tersebut, disana ter
Alessandra Giliani is not like most girls in fourteenth century Italy. She is very intelligent and loves to read, even dreaming of someday being a scholar. But because she doesn’t behave as a proper lady should, her stepmother dislikes her, and is unkind to her. Alessandra would like to study medicine, but that is not proper for a young girl of her place and time. The only proper choices for a young woman are an arranged marriage or life in a convent.

When Alessandra learns that her stepmother, i
Dari awal tau tentang buku ini aku udah tertarik, aku suka historical fiction soalnya ;) seneng banget pas dapat swap dari Sulis, pas selesai membaca jg nggak kecewa :))

-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
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“I never thought that history would become one of my life's passions. I never even liked history when I was at school, apart from the context of literature, music, and art. But history has lately been revealed to me as the place where I live, where we all live, side by invisible side with others who - if we get quiet enough and listen carefully enough - will touch us and tell us their stories.” 5 likes
“You've done her a service to teach her that romantic love is largely made of illusion." [said Mina.]
"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.”
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