My February book club read was The Birth of Venus by Sarah Dunant
This book had a number of reservations against it at the Library and I only managed to get my hands on it a week before our meet up so I had to do a serious speed read standing up, in the car, at my desk, any chance I got really!
This book is a classic written back in the 15th century when women should be seen and not heard and is based on the main character Alessandra who grows from a young girl who aches for freedom to paint and be herself, into a controversial woman who has a passion for life and art. Throw in a young brooding artist based in Alessandra's family home, an older man she is pretty much forced to marry, religion, history, war and sexual tensions throughout the city and you have got yourself a very interesting and engaging story.
I would recommend this book for those that have a love for Italy, the book takes you down those cobbled streets and sets the scene perfectly. I give this book 4 stars yes I'd forgo chocolate for this beatiful read.
Jarrah Jungle's Star Rating:
1 Bad - I'd rather eat brussel sprouts topped with anchovies than read this again
2 Not Good - I'd rather watch re-runs of Neighbours than read this again
3 Ok - I'm sitting on the fence - its not great but not terrible either
4 Good - I'd pass up a pack of tim tams for this read
5 Great - I'd pass up a date with Johnny Depp for this read
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