In the Company of the Courtesan

In the Company of the Courtesan

A Novel

Large Print - 2006
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Escaping the sack of Rome in 1527, with their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiammetta and her dwarf companion, Bucino, head for Venice.
Publisher: New York : Random House Large Print, 2006.
Edition: First large print edition.
ISBN: 9780739326060
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: xviii, 594 pages (large print) ; 25 cm


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MCPL_AdultGenre Jul 17, 2017

Set in Renaissance Italy, this follow-up to Dunant's The Birth of Venus recounts the fantastic escapades of Bucino Teodoldo, a wily dwarf, and his mistress, celebrated courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini, who escape to Venice where intrigue awaits.

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Oct 31, 2015

In the Company of the Courtesan --- by s Sarah Dunant.

So what do you expect when you buy your book off the spinner in the camp store in the park during the rain? This. Historical fiction set in Rome as the barbarians sack and pillage; peaceful Venice, rich and tolerant, the perfect venue for a courtesan who has lost all during the violence in Rome. Perhaps you’ll like this novel as the mosquitoes buzz you in your tent.

Dec 07, 2013

The book was just a little trashier than I would have liked. Granted, it IS about a courtesan, but the dialogue was vulgar and I didn't like any of the characters, which makes it difficult to enjoy a book. For the full review, head to OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

Jul 14, 2013

I loved this book! I read it awhile ago but still remember how easily it cast me into the richness of Venice. Loved the characters and detail. Would recommend.

Jul 11, 2013

I thought this book would be more about the woman behind the painting (The Venus of Urbino) but the character is fictional, as is the narrator, Bucino. A good historical context for the life and times of those in Venice in the mid-1530s. I would read again.

WVMLBookClubTitles Jun 17, 2013

Dunant is fascinated with the religious and political upheaval of Italy during the emergence of Protestantism in Europe. Her novel centres around the story of a 16th century (fictional) Venetian courtesan and the dwarf who is her protector and pimp. Dunant’s strength as a historical novelist lies in her ability to make readers taste and smell the world her characters inhabit. This novel is full of lively sexual politics, dark ironies, exuberance and charm.

Aug 03, 2012

This book was a nice, light read for summer. Durant does a nice job of creating a rich environment in which to set her story, but I found the rather short book to be quite tedious at times. I would recommend this as a book to read at the gym on on the bus during a morning commute.

suemoore47 Feb 12, 2012

Durant is an excellent storyteller who blends history with a fast-paced story line. Ilove her characters who are all too human in their strengths and weaknesses.

Nov 20, 2010

I seemed to have spent the summer reading books that...really weren't that good. Not awful, just not that great. I picked this up at the airport because I'd read The Birth of Venus some time ago and had begun Sacred Hearts but was forced to surrender it to the library when I left Victoria.

And aaahhhh. When you read not-quite-the-ticket books, what a relief it is when you finally get into the hands of a good writer. Must hit the library for Sacred Hearts soon.


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