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The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina O'Melveny
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May 13, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: historical-fiction, outcasts
Read in May, 2012

Debut novel for O'Melveny. Gabriella is a Venetian woman in the 16th Century who trains to be a doctor, just like her father. But years after he has disappeared to hunt down new stuff for his encompassing book, the Venetian medical society refuses her so she sets off to find her father.

Gabriella sets off with her two servants to Holland, Germany, Scotland, Spain and finally the desert. Of course, there are minor dangers, and she has to cut her hair, and lots of young men fall in love with her. It's this straining at credence of Harlequinesque plots that brought the story down.

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