The Borgia Bride オンデマンド (ペーパーバック) – 2005/11/1
'from sexual passion to mortal danger, the dramatic shift of real historical events will keep the reader turning the pages.'
'corset-busting escapism… Perfect for a naughty weekend in Rome.'
The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Jeanne Kalogridis was born in Florida in 1954. She earned a BA in Russian and an MA in Linguistics from the University of South Florida and went on to teach English as a Second Language at the American University in Washington, D.C. She now lives with her partner on the West Coast of the US, sharing a house with two dogs and a bird. Her interests include yoga, Tibatan Buddhism, the occult, languages, art, and reading everything ever published.
- 出版社 : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (2005/11/1)
- 発売日 : 2005/11/1
- 言語 : 英語
- オンデマンド (ペーパーバック) : 560ページ
- ISBN-10 : 0007148836
- ISBN-13 : 978-0007148837
- 寸法 : 12.9 x 3.4 x 19.8 cm
The first part of the book (set in Naples and Squillace) was enjoyable but slow in some places. I would urge people to stick with it until the protagonist moves to Rome as this is when the tales gathers momentum.
In all I felt the characters were well developed, and the plot shocking and intriguing. One part which jarred however was when baby Alfonso was described as just crawling on one page, then just a few pages later (and seemingly when no time had passed) he was a toddler capable of running races. Perhaps I misread this and more time had passed than I thought. But this hasn’t dampened the brilliance of the book.
Do read if you enjoy historical fiction. The story is fascinating and the ending was satisfying.
Hoorah. This is one of those writers you seldom hear of but churns out a readable tale. I was sorry when it ended. Mind you, that might be because I scream with fury at the sheer number of books that are published with no pace and no thought to engaging a reader. And they are, dear editors out there, they are.
Look, it isn't great literature. It is in that IRRITATING first person so beloved of writers that is sloppy and just too easy to write in.
I did struggle for the first chapter as it was, frankly, slow. I can't see that that chapter would have got this past a submissions committee. But then it took me away...
I knew nothing about the career woman of her day: Sancha. We all know plenty about the Borgias. So the story came as a surprise. It was sex and guts and gore. But you know the pages kept turning and you cheer the heroine on. She's really rather Joan Crawford. Quite unreal. Quite unlikely any women of that age would behave like this. But does it matter?
You'll enjoy the depiction of golden Rome and the Vatican Palace. I hope so.
Sad when it ended and you can't say more than that. I'll buy this writer again.
I liked the elements of factual information, followed up after the story ended, the overall story holds attention and moves at a good pace. The themes within the book are not always easy to read; incest, murder, betrayal, however it all formed part of the character makeup and through some elements of historical report.
Worth reading and has made me want to read further on The Borgia family, whether fact or fiction.