Vivaldi's Virgins

Vivaldi's Virgins

A Novel

Large Print - 2007
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In this enthralling new novel, Barbara Quick re-creates eighteenth-century Venice at the height of its splendor and decadence. A story of longing and intrigue, half-told truths and toxic lies, Vivaldi's Virgins unfolds through the eyes of Anna Maria dal Violin, one of the elite musicians cloistered in the foundling home where Antonio Vivaldi--known as the Red Priest of Venice--is maestro and composer.

Fourteen-year-old Anna Maria, abandoned at the Ospedale della Piet#65533; 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; from the impoverished alleyways of the Jewish Ghetto to a masked ball in the company of a king; from the passionate communal life of adolescent girls competing for their maestro's favor to the larger-than-life world of music and spectacle that kept the citizens of a dying republic in thrall. In this world, where for fully half the year the entire city is masked and cloaked in the anonymity of Carnival, nothing is as it appears to be.

A virtuoso performance in the tradition of Girl with a Pearl Earring, Vivaldi's Virgins is a fascinating glimpse inside the source of Vivaldi's musical legacy, interwoven with the gripping story of a remarkable young woman's coming-of-age in a deliciously evocative time and place.

Publisher: New York : HarperLuxe, 2007.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9780061285264
Characteristics: 397 p. ;,23 cm.


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Dec 05, 2013

A very interesting read. Music lovers will be interested in this of course, but the novel doesn't make Vivaldi a main character to the exclusion of Anna Maria's voice - she has mysteries and dreams of her own. This novel is about a young woman's struggle to find herself in a world where by birth she is excluded. If you like this novel, you will enjoy Mozart's Sister: A Novel. For the full review, head to my blog at OboeChica Books (so long and thanks for all the fish).

BookEnthusiast Dec 28, 2012

I appreciated the real historical figures used throughout this book but the story line was sluggish -- read on Kindle and at 30% it picked up finally. I still found myself skipping parts thereafter too.

Nov 08, 2010

Totally agree with the last comment, please don't give away the plot line!

Nov 08, 2010

I wish people wouldn't give away critical parts of a story. bshokal's comment should have a "spoiler alert" warning.

Nov 07, 2010

Enjoyed the story of of the orphans who played unseen behind screens. The story centers on one orphan who discovers that her mother in one of the sisters.

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