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The Taste of Conquest: The Rise and Fall of the Three Great Cities of Spice
This is a far-reaching book that touches on food, history, cultures around the world, and sources of current tension between countries. The three grea ...more
Mar 06, 2011
Mar 06, 2011
Death and Restoration (Jonathan Argyll, #6)
This is how you keep a series fresh! The characters grow and the writing gets ever smarter, with lines like:
"Medieval monks scourged themselves with b
Apr 03, 2011
Apr 03, 2011
Why Italians Love to Talk About Food
A marvel. The book talks about Italian regional cuisine, giving a taste of the history and culture of each region in Italy. I have been to several reg ...more
Dec 10, 2010
Dec 11, 2010
Mysteries of the Middle Ages: The Rise of Feminism, Science and Art from the Cults of Catholic Europe
A beautiful set of short biographies of medieval thinkers, published as a modern version of an illuminated manuscript, that could have used an editor. ...more
Mar 15, 2010
Mar 15, 2010
The Titian Committee (Jonathan Argyll, #2)
Still tons of fun. Pears' knowledge of Italian regionalism flavors the novels nicely. I don't know why they are called the "Jonathan Argyll books" on ...more
Feb 27, 2011
Feb 28, 2011
Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert
While not as engrossing as "The Taste of Conquest," I still learned plenty, especially about India. The insight that effected me most was that, in eve ...more
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Sep 26, 2012
Giotto's Hand (Jonathan Argyll, #5)
Bottando finds himself in a typical Italian dilemma, vying with the slimy Dr. Corrado and Jonathan finds himself back in Britain. This leads to some l ...more
Mar 04, 2011
Mar 10, 2011
The City of Falling Angels
I desperately wanted to love this book, as I love Venice and I usually enjoy Berendt's writing. There are some good passages, such as when he talked t ...more
not set
Mar 02, 2010
The Raphael Affair (Jonathan Argyll, #1)
This is fluff for smart people who travel and like art. The relationships are believable, if the romantic relationship is a little drawn out, in a goo ...more
Feb 09, 2011
Feb 09, 2011
The Last Judgement (Jonathan Argyll, #4)
It feels like Pears is repeating some of the territory he covered in the Bernini bust, about how WWII casts a very long shadow.
I am sure the book fel
Mar 2011
Mar 10, 2011
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