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Friday, December 28, 2007

Daughter of Venice...Review

About the book:
In 1592, Donata is a noble girl living in a palazzo on the Grand Canal. Girls of her class receive no education and rarely leave the palazzo. In a noble family, only one daughter and one son will be allowed to marry; Donata, like all younger daughters, will be sent to a convent.

It was ok. It's definitely a teen book, but I was more fascinated by the history. The author made a great attempt at historical accuracy, and it was interesting to see Venice through the eyes of a 14 year old girl in 1592, especially the class differences. Nobles vs. citizens and the poor: girls weren't educated, only one girl in a family normally married, only one son in a family married, the father's absolute ability to decide the fate of his children. I'm glad the heroine was defiant enough to try and do what she wanted and become educated.

I absolutely loved visiting Venice and Murano and Burano some years ago, so it was fun to read about how they might have been in the 16th century. Entertaining.

Read 12/07

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