In 18th-century Venice, Minguillo Fasan, heir to a fortune, contrives to dispatch of his sister, Marcella, condemning her to the fate of a nun.
But Marcella Fasan is tougher than Minguillo imagines, and, aided by a servant, a painter, a skin-obsessed doctor, a Scottish merchant and a cigar-smoking pornographer, she pitches her wits against her brother....
©2010 Michelle Lovric (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"A witty exciting page-turner which becomes increasingly addictive.... Quite unlike anything else around - and all the better for that." (Daily Mail)
"This book is fabulous - funny, horrific, subversive - in short a wholly addictive read. I don't think I have enjoyed anything as much since Perfume." (Joanne Harris)
Many colorful characters, locations & twists kept me reading in 'page turner' mode...until 2/3rds through the book, when I started asking how much more torment could the author put this ill-used lady through? When will the author make an end?
Finally, the 'good' lived happily ever after- we assume. But we should have seen the evil brother suffer MORE and longer to atone for just some of his perversion & fomenting hatred. He was 'punished' in a clever manner, but left alive in 'too good a condition' for this writer's lust for revenge. He was knowingly too evil to forgive. After reading 100's of pages of suffering he caused all those around him, I wanted at least 2-3 chapters to picture how much more HIS agonies would affect the rest of his (hopefully) long life.
Forgiveness is for people who have the possibility of becoming human again; this monster would always continue the same - as would his evil opposite, the mad nun.
Almost couldn't continue listening to this. Parts of this story made my skin crawl. But I stuck with it and I'm so glad I did. Marvelous. The characters are top notch yikes
"Unique & different. Loved it!"
The book was recommended by a friend. I read/listen to book a month and this was so unique and something different, narrated by a number of different characters in the story. I like the 2 narrators who brought the story to life. Thoroughly recommend this!
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