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Publisher's Summary

From the author of the Inspector Montalbano series comes the remarkable account of an exceptional woman who rises to power in 17th-century Sicily and brings about sweeping changes that threaten the iron-fisted patriarchy, before being cast out in a coup after only 27 days.

Sicily, April 16, 1677. From his deathbed, Charles III's viceroy, don Angel de Guzmàn, marquis of Castel de Roderigo, names his wife, donna Eleonora, as his successor. Eleonora di Mora is a highly intelligent and capable woman who immediately applies her political acumen to heal the scarred soul of Palermo, a city afflicted by poverty, misery, and the frequent uprisings they entail.

The marquise implements measures that include lowering the price of bread, reducing taxes for large families, reopening women's care facilities, and establishing stipends for young couples wishing to marry - all measures that were considered seditious by the conservative city fathers and by the Church. The machinations of powerful men soon result as donna Eleonora, whom the Church sees as a dangerous revolutionary, is recalled to Spain. Her rule lasted 27 days - one cycle of the moon.

Based on a true story, Camilleri's gripping and richly imagined novel tells the story of a woman whose courage and political vision is tested at every step by misogyny and reactionary conservatism.

©2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc. (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Aida
  • washington, DC USA
  • 03-16-18

Too cute by half

What disappointed you about The Revolution of the Moon?

I am an Andrea Camilleri fan and was intrigued by a book set in an earlier time period. Unfortunately the plot was obvious and poorly paced.

What could Andrea Camilleri and Stephen Sartarelli - translator have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See above.

What didn’t you like about Grover Gardner’s performance?

I speak Spanish and a little Italian. Presumably the reader was reading the text -- but the ENDLESS repetition of the characters's full names was tedious and the pronunciation was poor.

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  • Marlene
  • Tunbridge WellsUnited Kingdom
  • 12-06-17

Terribly amateurish storytelling

I thought I would chance an unrated new release- unfortunately I really can’t give this more than a two star rating, the writing is embarrassingly awful.
The narrative jumps around, the characters regularly sound like they inhabit 21st century New York and the heroine’s mixture of Spanish and English is painful.

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