[Epub] ➟ In the Company of the Courtesan By Sarah Dunant – Freeboooks.com

In the Company of the Courtesan My Lady, Fiammetta Bianchini, Was Plucking Her Eyebrows And Biting Color Into Her Lips When The Unthinkable Happened And The Holy Roman Emperor S Army Blew A Hole In The Wall Of God S Eternal City, Letting In A Flood Of Half Starved, Half Crazed Troops Bent On Pillage And PunishmentThus Begins In The Company Of The Courtesan, Sarah Dunant S Epic Novel Of Life In Renaissance Italy 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, The Shimmering City Born Out Of Water To Become A Miracle Of East West Trade Rich And Rancid, Pious And Profitable, Beautiful And Squalid.With A Mix Of Courage And Cunning They Infiltrate Venetian Society Together They Make The Perfect Partnership The Sharp Tongued, Sharp Witted Dwarf, And His Vibrant Mistress, Trained From Birth To Charm, Entertain, And Satisfy Men Who Have The Money To Support Her.Yet As Their Fortunes Rise, This Perfect Partnership Comes Under Threat, From The Searing Passion Of A Lover Who Wants Than His Allotted Nights To The Attentions Of An Admiring Turk In Search Of Human Novelties For His Sultan S Court But Fiammetta And Bucino S Greatest Challenge Comes From A Young Crippled Woman, A Blind Healer Who Insinuates Herself Into Their Lives And Hearts With Devastating Consequences For Them All.A Story Of Desire And Deception, Sin And Religion, Loyalty And Friendship, In The Company Of The Courtesan Paints A Portrait Of One Of The World S Greatest Cities At Its Most Potent Moment In History It Is A Picture That Remains Vivid Long After The Final Page From The Hardcover Edition.


10 thoughts on “In the Company of the Courtesan

  1. says:

    I wanted to like this book The story was great and I loved the concept, but there were too many things that ended up annoying me On the positive side, it was very well written I did love the character Fiammetta I wish the book had focused on her throughout And I liked the descriptions of courtesan life and of Venice I especially liked the fact that the author took a real painting by Titian and seemingly created a story around it Now for the less positive stuff Spoiler Alert About 3 4 o I wanted to like this book The story was great and I loved the concept, but there were too many things that ended up annoying me On the positive side, it was very well written I ...


  2. says:

    Set in the 1500s in Venice, Dunant gives us a sometimes raunchy, sometimes touching and always realistic view of the world in this era The book is written by the partner manager of a gorgeous courtesan which I like to think of aslike a geisha than a prostitute, but make no mistake, our heroine is a high end prostitute and entertainer of rich men of the era The partner is an extremely likable, insightful, resourcesful dwarf who is well aware of his position in life as a freak and someti Set in the 1500s in Venice, Dunant gives us a sometimes raunchy, sometimes touching and always realistic view of the world in this era The book is written by the partner manager of a gorgeous courtesan which I like to think of aslike a geisha than a prostitute, but make no mistake, our heroine is a high end prostitute and entertainer of rich men of the era The partner is an extremely likable, insightful, resourcesful dwarf who is well aware of his position in life as a freak and sometimes entertainer and court jestor I laughed out loud many times at his views and comments about himeself, other people s reactions to him as well as his general take...


  3. says:

    For starters, the title and the cover page of this really can mislead you In the Company of the Courtesan sounds erotic and this is the cover page of my book which I can t find here I m guessingmust have stolen it I started to read this while going to and coming home from work and I began to notice some are staring at the cover so I started to read this before going to bed Anyway there is no noticeable erotic content in the novel although it is an insider view of the business For starters, the title and the cover page of this really can mislead you In the Company of the Courtesan...


  4. says:

    Having had the pleasure of being in an on line book discussion of IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN last year with Ms Dunant, I came away with a much finer appreciation of the historical honesty of this novel A few months ago, I had the opportunity to finally meet Sarah Dunant at a book reading and signing of this book in Seattle Her passion for history is evident and just listening to her enthusiastic account of the research she does in crafting her novels was awe inspiring As she read a few Having had the pleasure of being in an on line book discussion of IN THE COMPANY OF THE COURTESAN last year with Ms Dunant, I came away with a much finer appreci...


  5. says:

    After reading Blood Beauty The Borgias , I always wanted to read another novel by Sarah Dunant At some Goodreads friends nudge, I decided to pick this one up Throughout the first three quarters of the book I wasemotionally twined with the character of the dwarf Bucino than I would care to admit The fact that he is also the first person narrator is supposed to give immediacy and sense of reality to the scenes and things happening to him, but I must confess that I consciously and After reading Blood Beauty The Borgias , I always wanted to read another novel by Sarah Dunant At some Goodreads friends nudge, I decided to pick this one up Throughout the first three quarters of the book I wasemotionally twined with the character of the dwarf Bucino than I would care to admit The fact that he is also the first person narrator is supposed to give immediacy and sense of reality to the scenes and things happening to him, but I must confess that I consciously and stubbornly clung to my skepticism However, by the time I reached the denouement, I was obviously already too invested in him to be able to detach myself from his pain and anguish, or hold back my tears That Dunant is a brilliant writer needs no further proof.The plot would seem simple enough but nonetheless...


  6. says:

    Two superlative protagonists partnered but never lovers.A singular woman who cuts through boundaries and forbidden studies for her time, and yet heals as much as she deceives.Three under characters who are definedprecisely to their actions and with deeper onion like layer complexity than a titled figure of and in a play by Shakespeare Just superb in any one of 3 other categories outsid...


  7. says:

    I totally loved this book What a story Pure escapism into a real historical past Marvelous such a good story At the end of the book the author clearly states what is fact and what is fiction I had already looked up several of the characters and deeds This book and Wikepedia make history into an engaging story Five stars I have read through page 110 Wonderful entertainment The reader is pulled into Venice of the 1500s You are there with the dwarf, the courtesan and the sparkling, mpv I totally loved this book What a story Pure escapism into a real historical past Marvelous such a good story At the end of the book the author clearly states what is fact and what is fiction I had already looked up several of th...


  8. says:

    I kept waiting for this to be lusher and smuttier than it was The story follows the dwarf companion of a renowned courtesan in Venice s heyday It starts with a dramtic escape from Rome as it s being sacked by some sort of protestant infidel, and watches the courtesan trying to make a name for herself in a new city as she befriends a strange, witchy woman The relationship between the dwarf and the courtesan is the important one, but lacks meat until the book is nearly over It s telling that I I kept waiting for this to be lusher and smuttier than it was The story follows the dwarf companion of a renowned courtesan in Venice s heyday It starts with a dramtic escape from Rome as it s being sacked by some sort of protestant infidel, and watches the courtesan trying to make a name for herself in a new city as she befriends a strange, witchy woman The relationship between the...


  9. says:

    Bucino is a dwarf employed by one of the most favored courtesans of Rome, Fiammetta Bianchini When Rome is sacked by Spaniards and Lutherans in 1527, Bucino and Fiammetta barely escape with their lives and a few jewels they managed to swallow They are forced to start over again in Fiammetta s native city of Venice The going is slow at first, but they are both determined to rise to the top again, with the help of some unlikely accomplices.This was really about 3.5 stars I enjoyed reading it, Bucino is a dwarf employed by one of the most favored courtesans of Rome, Fiammetta Bianchini When Rome is sacked by Spaniards and Lutherans in 1527, Bucino and Fiammetta barely escape with their lives and a few jewels they managed to swallow They are forced to start over again in Fiammetta s native city of Venice The going is slow at first, but they are both determined to rise to the top again, with the help of some unlikely accomplices.This was really about 3.5 stars I enjoyed reading it, I liked Bucino, and I truly enjoyed reading about Venice But towards the end I started asking myself what the point of the whole thing was It didn t really seem to be going anywhere When it did finally get to something like a conclusion, it was all over pretty quickly I would have liked a little less build up and a lotexploration of...


  10. says:

    I liked this book alright The story was interesting enough to keep me flipping pages I do have sort of a bone to pick over the narrative voice, though Enter Bucino affable dwarf, loyal friend, astute business partner, curious bed buddy, annoyingly detached story tellerI had a tough time bonding with the characters in this story I don t feel like I really got to know any of them As the narrator, Bucino kind of peripherally describes events and characters feelings about said events, but I liked this book alright The story was interesting enough to keep me flipping pages I do have sort of a bone to pick o...


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