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The Birth of Venus

31st December 2005

Alessandra lives in Renaissance Florence. She is passionate about art, although her passion is frowned upon by her family. When her father brings a painter into their home to paint the chapel walls, Alessandra is drawn to him, but ends up marrying a much older man. Meanwhile, tensions in Florence are rising between the Medicis and the upper class and the monk Savonarola.

The Birth of Venus : A NovelDunant typically writes mysteries, and although this book is not a mystery, there are definite elements of suspense and intrigue. I enjoy reading books about Italy so much more, since I traveled there, and this book was no exception. I know there was a lot of symbolism and deeper meaning that I glossed over in this book, but the overall story was enjoyable.

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