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By Linda on 31-01-16
Descriptive but frustrating
One can never be sure with a Sarah Dunant novel whether you will adore it or struggle with it. For me the Birth of Venus fell into the latter category. No one could fault the way Sarah Dunant conjures up the look and feel of Florence and its residents through a time of tumultuous change but oh I found the characters irritating and the central thread of the plot rather pointless. Many a time I almost gave up on this book which is most unusual for me. I nevertheless soldiered on and I obviously cared enough about the characters to want to know the end - but I'm afraid not a 5 star listen for me.
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By Nichole DeMichelis on 25-07-17
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Botticelli's painting is on the cover, it's called the Birth of Venus, and yet Botticelli barely makes a cameo. Instead, we get to hear about a later Renaissance painter, known for his broody Christianity, but his entire narrative is completely historically inaccurate. Like, every detail. It wasn't historic fiction so much as fiction in an alternate universe that resembles Renaissance Florence.