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The reason that I purchased this book was because I am a long-time fan of baroque melody (especially of the early 18th century period), and I had never read any fiction about the subject. It turned out to be a amazing decision because I enjoyed visualizing the very human side of some of my favorite composers (Vivaldi, Handel, Scarlatti) and also came to understand a bit about the social structure of that era in Venice. The main character, who was the book's narrator, was an engaging person. The story moved swiftly to a manageable and feasible conclusion. And because my undergrad degree is in history I truly appreciated the thorough research the author did into the several topics of this book.
This work of historic fiction takes some liberty with what is not known about Vivaldi and the young women he taught to play violin and his music. It's a fascinating story that starts slow but builds in intensity and complexity of story. The look into Venice centuries ago is fascinating and the detail is amazing. I felt like I was there suffering with the main hero through much of it. I highly recommend this as a amazing read.
Very interesting. Initially, I read the book because I was curious about Vivaldi's life and then was surprised to learn how the girls became orphans and how small control they had over their own lives. Also did not realize 1) Vivaldi had been a priest, and 2) how that vocation came about. I had an eerie feeling reading the book that it could be a harbinger of what's to come as we move toward Oligarchy and another Gilded Age.
I didn't know much about this era or Vivaldi so I enjoyed the story that place interesting facts with historical fiction. As I read, I more and more enjoyed the stories of the girls left in the care of what would be today considered an orphanage. Their musical talent, and typical teen adventures were fun to read about. I learned more about Vivaldi (didn't even know he was a priest) and his musical talent. I'd recommend this book to those who have fun historical fiction and who have a love of melody and Italy. Amazing read! Thanks!
not very well written, belittling if not degrading the amazing composer. Although credit must be given for depicting the daily life of Venice and the life inside the Pieta,but do not buy this if you are looking to learn about Vivaldi, you will be disappointed.
I am a large fan of historical fiction and thus said, was especially satisfied that so much fact was incorporated into the story. The novel flowed so smoothly and never felt forced. At a lot of parts of the story I felt like a fly on the wall and found a fresh friend. This is a book that funny as it seems, I hated to see it end! I'm so glad that I purchased it, and will be singing its praises..!!
A lovely story of globe popular composer Antonio Vivaldi, told through the eyes of one of his students, Anna Maria dal Violin, an orphan at Ospedale della Pietà in Venice, Italy. The story cleverly unfolds as though it is solely about Anna Maria who comes to be one of Vivaldi's prize students and seemingly the only musician who can play as well as the maestro himself, however in the end, as Anna Maria herself states, her story is his story.