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In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant
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Sep 25, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: planned-2012, italy
Read from July 07 to 21, 2012 — I own a copy

In the company of the courtesan has every word in its title to be a cheap, so so story. But the way Sarah Dunant manages to create her stories and write about them, it has everything to be a beautiful story full of character. A real story, with some history and wonderful cities mixed into it all.

The story of Fiammetta Bianchini and her dwarf in the hands of Dunant becomes a story to absorb, set in Rome but mainly in Venice during the sixteenth century it becomes a story to be absorbed in.
Fiametta and Bucini the dwarf have a great, rich and protected life. That is before they have to escape from Rome or die there like most of its citizens. Venice is where Fiametta convinces Bucini, who hates water,to go with her. Their rich life is gone and the only thing they could take with them is some jewelery, job experience and a book.
Those are the three ingredients which will decide if they will die in poverty or rise as a Queen in Venice.

Fiammetta was trained from her first day in the world to charm people, to entertain and fulfil their wishes. Especially those of rich and important men. With the help and the brains of Bucino, both use everything they have left not only to survive, but to get back the life they have lost.

A wonderful story in a sixteenth century Venice!

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message 1: by Fiona (new) - added it

Fiona Surprise surprise, a book set in Italy on your to-read shelf.

My sister just sent me this. Looks good!

Jeane Fiona wrote: "Surprise surprise, a book set in Italy on your to-read shelf.

My sister just sent me this. Looks good!"

Oh, lucky you. If you don't like it I wil read it for you!

message 3: by Fiona (new) - added it

Fiona Haha I don't know when I'll read it, but I can always send it to you after unless you read it/acquire it before me.

Jeane I really want to read it but together with hundreds of other books....

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