06 July 2016
Vivaldis Virgins by Barbara Quick
Title: Vivaldi’s Virgins
Recommended for awisls: Recommended
Advice: Read with Vivalid’s music sounding in the background.
The Plot: Fourteen-year-old Anna Maria, abandoned at the Ospedale della Pietà as an infant, is determined to find out who she is and where she came from. Her quest takes her beyond the cloister walls into the complex tapestry of Venetian society.
I liked this book. I’d give it 3.5 half stars out of 5. I loved Venetia, the gondolas, the atmosphere. And I love Vivaldi’s music. There are many aspects in the book that I truly enjoyed. But there were are a lot of parts I found boring. There were very few dynamics. Most of the time the story was about the girls at the Pieta learning to play the violin or sneaking out from their orphanage and getting into troubles. Anna Maria wasn’t a very interesting narrator. Most of the time I found her boring and even silly, because she couldn't see a very obvious thing. But, she said some things that touched me. I could relate to her nostalgia and many of her musings on life and dead sounded like my own.
There was a small twist in the book, but I’m not sure if it was intended to be a mystery or not. Because if it was a mystery it was poorly concealed. Very soon it became obvious who were Anna Maria’s mother, her father, and even her brother.
Still, as I already said, I liked the book, because of its atmosphere. It was a short time travel, the story of Ospedale della Pietà was interesting, and it is always a great pleasure to read about historical characters in a fiction. Neither the author nor the reader have known the real-life Vivaldi, but one can always wonder that, maybe, he has acted that way in real life.
The writing wasn’t bad, so I’d recommend this book to awisls. Authors of historical books always do a lot of research, which is beneficial for an awisl.
My only complaint is the lack of table of contents. The book was badly formatted, had some typos, which made me wonder if it had been published by an indie or a traditional publisher. Amazon says Harper-Collins. Go figure.
Let's enjoy a bit of Vivaldi's genius, shall we?
Vivaldi Barbara Quick historical music
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