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The Etruscan

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A story set in 1920s Italy in the area once occupied by The Etruscans. Harriet Sackett,photographer, travels to Italy to photograph Etruscan tombs for the Theosophical Society. Here she falls in love with a charismatic count, the occultist and amateur archaeologist, Federigo del Re, who materializes then disappears into the Etruscan landscape. As Harriet stalks her phantas ...more
Hardcover, 225 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Kiwai Media / Wynkin de Worde
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Sep 01, 2012 Sheryl rated it really liked it
The Etruscan follows the adventurous Harriet from the staid world of her cousin Stephen's London to the sumptuous ruins of Italy's ancient Etruria. Does she discover life after death or descend into madness?

I honestly don't know whether I loved this book or hated it. Purposely complex and obtuse, the author challenges you to think, mull, consider. You can almost read this book as a personality test: are you fact-based and skeptical, like Stephen, or open to the mysteries of the universe, like H
Jan 18, 2013 Maggie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an unusual and intriguing story. I couldn't put it down, particularly towards the end. Is it a ghost story, or the drug induced fantasies of a deeply disturbed woman. And if it is the latter, is her mental condition hereditary or due to a traumatic event in her teens, This is a brilliant book that keeps you guessing.
Aug 10, 2012 Patricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: novel, kindle
Mainly set in the early 1920s in Italy although the near the end of the book there's something about post-WWII London and a return to Italy
after the war. My opinion: I disliked Stephen Hampton from beginning to end.

Apr 20, 2013 Kay rated it did not like it
I was looking for an archeological mystery. This is a drug or mentally ill story.
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Apr 14, 2012 mary jane cryan rated it really liked it
An intriguing first novel from the pen of Italy-based poet and translator, Linda Lappin, “The Etruscan” is unique for its setting, the northern Lazio area known as Etruria or Tuscia.
The original inhabitants of the area, The Etruscans, are evoked in all their mystery
and the author uses her knowledge to entice the reader into their vanished
The first detailed descriptions of the Etruscan sites can be found in D.H. Lawrence’s “Etruscan Places ” published in the 1930’s , Augustus Hare’s “Da
Apr 18, 2013 Esmeralda rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book and it kept me interested. Harriet is an American photographer, a modern woman of her times. She has an interest in the Etruscans which leads her to Italy, much to the chagrin of her English relatives. She rents a house from a count, but the count is not what he seems to be. She experiences a passion she never felt before, but it is one that could be her downfall. The author has something to say about women of that time period and how difficult it was for them to maintain ind ...more
J LeAnn Shultz
Jun 30, 2013 J LeAnn Shultz rated it it was amazing
The story takes you on a journey of one woman who makes her way to Italy in search of Etruscan tombs to photograph. She meets Federigo del Re, a Count who also dabbles in the occult. Her once exuberant letters sent home now seem to be more depressing and melancholy. Her tales of entering the tombs for photos turn into mystic dreams and loss of time. What type of journey is she truly experiencing? The reader needs to decide.
Nov 12, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Surprisingly, I found this gothic tale intriguing in spite of it not being my normal genre. Harriet was an excellent character and I loved her! She was the adventurous person I wish I were. Having been to an Etruscan museum in Volterra, Italy, I already had an interest in these people from long ago. After reading this historic novel, I want to know more. Thank you, Linda Lappin.
Apr 07, 2013 Jan rated it it was ok
I felt like I didn't really get to the bottom of the story, for me it didn't give a real conclusion and although interesting at the beginning I started to get fed up about halfway through but stuck with it.
Aug 07, 2012 Antonia rated it it was amazing
Imaginative and lyrical writing and a great story. Unpredictable, which is always an added plus! For someone who loves mystery and the sensual pleasures of Italy, this is a must-read!
Sep 16, 2013 Annie rated it liked it
Interesting, but somehow I expected more from it. Got to the end and thought "that's all?". Almost felt like some of the important parts had been left out.
Karen Middleton
May 17, 2013 Karen Middleton rated it liked it
Very mysterious & engaging.
Susan Tiberghien
Jul 01, 2015 Susan Tiberghien rated it it was amazing
I read this almost ten years ago. The story captured me from the start. I remember being drawn into the romance. Somehow it haunted me. Linda Lappin writes beautifully.
Apr 07, 2013 Coralyn rated it really liked it
A different kind of book with an unusual "love" story.
This book disappointed me. I was really looking forward to learning about the Etruscans. Nor do I have any idea why Harriet would have fallen in love with this man. The characters were not at all well developed and the writing style was so very slow.
Elizabeth Larson
Nov 18, 2014 Elizabeth Larson rated it really liked it
What a pleasure to read the words of a writer who obviously was born to it. I loved Harriett, a very unusual and brave woman for her time, who, quite by accident, stumbles upon an assignment to photograph Etruscan tombs. This accident will prove to profoundly change the remainder of her life. The story is a wonderful mix of character, circumstance, dream, tragedy, and fancy and leaves the reader wondering just how much is "real". The errors which I assume are the result of rendering the book int ...more
Oct 02, 2013 Mary rated it did not like it
I really struggled through this book. I didn't like any of the characters and they all seemed to be caricatures without any real depth. The story itself was too fractured with too many loose ends and unexplained items. To me it just seemed to be a bunch of fragmented ramblings that were written down as notes and had yet to be fleshed out in a full story.
Jan 08, 2009 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Winner, second place in fiction, 2010 New York Book Festival
finalist first novel Next Generation Indie Awards 2011
Honorable Mention 2011 Paris Book Festival

Now Available on Kindle.
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Linda Lappin is a prize-winning poet, novelist, travel writer, literary translator and writing teacher who divides her time between Italy and the USA. She has published three novels, The Etruscan, Katherine’s Wish, and Signatures in Stone, which won the 2014 Daphne Du Maurier Award for mystery writing. Her newest project , The Soul of Place: A Creative Writing Workbook -- Ideas and Exercises for C ...more
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