The Floating Book Venice Wendelin von Speyer has just arrived from Germany with the foundations of a cultural revolution Gutenberg s movable type Together with the young editor Bruno Uguccione and the seductive s

  • Title: The Floating Book
  • Author: Michelle Lovric Michelle Lovric
  • ISBN: 9780060578572
  • Page: 234
  • Format: Paperback
  • Venice, 1468 Wendelin von Speyer has just arrived from Germany with the foundations of a cultural revolution Gutenberg s movable type Together with the young editor Bruno Uguccione and the seductive scribe Felice Feliciano, he starts the city s first printing press While Bruno and Felice become entwined in an obsessive love triangle with a beautiful Dalmatian woman namVenice, 1468 Wendelin von Speyer has just arrived from Germany with the foundations of a cultural revolution Gutenberg s movable type Together with the young editor Bruno Uguccione and the seductive scribe Felice Feliciano, he starts the city s first printing press While Bruno and Felice become entwined in an obsessive love triangle with a beautiful Dalmatian woman named Sosia, Wendelin tempts the fates by publishing the first edition of the erotic Roman poems of Catullus a move that will enrage the church, scandalize the city, and change all of their lives forever.The Floating Book is a ravishing novel of letters and lust, intrigue and betrayal a chillingly beautiful debut that few readers will soon forget.

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    1. "I stood simmering, goose-skinned and wisp-tongued in the milk of the moonlight, until the douse of rain chased me into the prattlng shadows of the porticoI paced her name all the way home through ribbed curtains of water. Above me rose-colored lightning embroidered the drowning sky with hectic stitches.Love is only worth what you pay for it, I told myself at the start."Poetry in prose!!! Michelle Lovric chooses the most unexpected words to create completely original phrases. Her ability to inte [...]

    2. I thought that this was a pretty confusing book. It went back and forth from 63BC Rome to Venice in 1540something. Of course, most of it was set in Venice which has to give it extra points. Unfortuantely, the city takes a back seat to the characters and a very twisted plot.Maybe it was because I only got to read this book in small time periods - several chapters, maybe 100 pages at a time, but I just couldn't work up any reason to care about any of the main characters and their reasons for what [...]

    3. Perhaps this is a lovely book and it just wasn't the right time for me to read it. It had the makings of a good book. Now that I think about it, though, it didn't really. It had some characters with potentially engaging biographies and a great setting. But that's not enough to make a good book. The epistolary style of the first chapter (and intermittent ones after that) was not well done and was painful to read. The two young male protagonists were written far too similarly even though they were [...]

    4. The von Speyer brothers are German printers who have set up business in Venice. This novel follows their fortunes, through financial crisis, literary and religious scandal and plagues. The novel focusses on the drama around the printers' decision to publish the poetry of Catallus, who was considered to be highly controversial at the time. The whole novel is filled with beautifully imagined historical detail and vivid characters including a thieving cat!

    5. Não posso dizer que Amei este Livro, mas o facto é que gostei bastante. Não me agarrou como Cola Super 3, mas quando passavam vários dias sem lhe pegar sentia Saudades de o Ler. Não estava mesmo nada à espera daquele Final para Sósia.

    6. I have no idea why I won't admit I don't like this book since it's taking me months to read even halfway. But I persevere. Because I'm stupid.

    7. When it comes to the art of painting pictures, in form of words, I haven't read any novel which can be as good as this one. The analogies are simply beautiful. But story wise I often found it lagging and at times boring too. Would've loved it more, if it was shorter. The last few chapters and climax are very satisfying though.

    8. This is a difficult tome to write a review about - dense with historical fact with a touch of artistic licence, based on real characters and the very real first printing of Catullus (book of love poems) in 1472 in Venice by the German printer, Wendelin von Speyer. Rich in book history content, beautiful prose and a deluge of colourful imagery, this is not light reading and I can whole-heartedly concur with some of the other reviewers in how difficult they found this to get through. This is a lav [...]

    9. This is a beautifully written book, full of poetic lines and sumptuous descriptions. The characters are individual and vibrant (though many of them aren't nice people) and Venice herself floats in and out of the mist to enchant the reader.Real historical people mix with invented characters and we learn about the setting up of the printing press and the formulation of Latinate lettering (as opposed to the German Gothic typeface). Translations of Catullus' poetry head the chapters - and that's a b [...]

    10. This book took me 3 months to read. It never takes me longer than a week to read anything. I hate giving up. Basically this book is about sex and love. But that is being too kind. It just dragged on and on, and I wanted to smack various people. Sosia a boorish whore who was bitter and embraced being a whore. It was so, "I'm a whore, deal with it, fuck you!" I just summed up Sosia's role for the entire book in a vulgar sentence.Gentilia just an insane nun and weird character. Her only redeeming q [...]

    11. A book full of historical knowledge and perhaps a little too dense with it to optimally tell its story. The more I persevered with it however the more I was seduced by it. Venice and its watery essence is well conveyed, as are the wonderful array of characters inhabiting this story.I loved the contrasts between Italian culture and German, that the language of the book illustrated with such fecundity. The themes of the tale involve love, lust and the imbalance of these motivating forces within th [...]

    12. "The Floating Book" mixes two stories in totally diferent time frames, that of the poet Catulus in ancient Roman times, and that of the main characters of the book during Venice's golden age. The devices by which the stories are bound are two: Catulus book of poetry, which is printed for the first time by one of the main characters, and a somewhat difficult to explain feminine doll that Catulus had made to represent his lover, and which ends in the hands of the printer's wife. Even though Catulu [...]

    13. In 15th century Venice and the printing press has arrived. What does this mean to the city? How will books redefine them? The question becomes what to publish? What will sell? Censorship? Fonts? Paper? So then the first printed edition of the love poems of Catullus, a Roman poet from 63 B.C. Has what I like in historical fiction, lots of pages with tiny print. Complications. A great setting. Fun."I can be bothered to explain this far: books are life, for those of us who love them. It's not the k [...]

    14. Catullus has met the unapologetic, lusty, cool-headed and cold-hearted Clodia, daughter of Appius, wife of Quintus Metellus. She makes an impression on him, even though he cannot make one on her. So he falls madly in love with her, as so many other wretches have done. Thus begins a story of love affairs, of lusty passions, of the slips, falls and tumbles made by people in ancient times and the “current” era of 1498. Ms. Lovric brings both eras, ancient and newly new, into vivid life as she e [...]

    15. My first DNC of the year. This is one of the first books I started in 2012, and 4 weeks later am just over half way through. I'm only reading the odd, short, chapter here and there and it's becoming a chore to read. It's not a bad book - Venetian woman, married to a German printer in the 1400s when printing is just beginning to take off in Venice, and trying to publish a long forgotten Roman poet. It's told in many different "Voices" including that of the wife, the husband, the Roman poet. Throw [...]

    16. I found this book frustrating. Due to the quality of the writing style I kept expecting more from the STORY itself, and thus, became more and more frustrated as I read. I really wanted to be seduced by this book. I fell in love with some of the characters to only be let down by the choices made by the author. I don't always expect everything to be neatly resolved for me in fiction (sometimes I really dislike that) but I really was let down by what many felt was the "operatic" quality of this sto [...]

    17. I would say that this is more a 2.5 than a three. I found this book hard to really get into, the plot it there but it isn't obvious, it may change point of view five times within a chapter and not ell you who it is so you spend the first few lines trying to figure it out. They talk of publishing the Catallus poems then they print them and nothing is heard about it until the last few chapters. This is a book about relationships more than it is about printing. That said it is a good plot idea and [...]

    18. One of the wonderful things about Venice is that it is pretty much as it always was, so if you are at all familiar with the place it is easy to visualise and contextualise a historical novel that is set there. The fact that the storyline involves the early days of publishing and the cultural and technological exchange between Italy and northern Europe added to its appeal for me. The backdrop is the Renaissance and the rapid evolution of trade, art and communications.The intertwined plots are als [...]

    19. This novel will likely be compared with Sarah Dunant's In the Company of the Courtesan often. It has a similar setting (Renaissance Venice, though not quite overlapping) and similarly evocative writing style. There are two major things I enjoyed about this book--being plunged into Venice with great detail and emotion, and gushing over details of the early printed book trade. We are, after all, book nerds here.Some of the multiple narrators didn't appeal to me, but overall the author used that te [...]

    20. A story of a group of people who have one thing in common: Venice. In the background, the story of Catullus the poet in BC times. The story follows the characters through the opening of the first printing works by the Von Speyer brothers in 1468, and the difficulties they face. The story includes their employees, wives and those around them in a beautiful depiction of Venice in those times.The book described characters in a way that even their strangest actions are familiar to you. The author is [...]

    21. I was disappointed in this book. I kept waiting for it to pick up and grab my attention. I found her style of writing difficult at times and found myself becoming very annoyed with the characters. The characters focused on one aspect so greatly that i never felt like they were fully developed into what they could have been. With the wonderful setting of Vencie and a historical period full of change i felt that the author could have made this more then it was.

    22. A wonderfully written, fantastically dense book that completely transports you to Venice in body and mind. The plot is a bit too intricate for itself at times, moving so much between first-, second- and third-person viewpoints that it confuses the reader. But the effort is heroic and the end result is enjoyable.

    23. I dont want to give this book a bad review as it just wasn't my kind of thing. I tried to read it but just couldn't get into it and it was taking me forever to plough through. I never really felt like picking it up or continuing and although I hate to give up on a book, I had little choice.

    24. This book was good, as most book that i have read latley its very slow in the begining and then picks up after a couple of chapters. There are two stories in this book, and jumps back and forth. The story to me was ok, but the descriptions of Venice was amazing, I could picture everything.

    25. Michelle Lovric's novels to me always have a great story, but they are hard work to read. Lots of unnecessary floweriness in the language, but a great portrayal of characters and so evocative of a fascinating city.

    26. A beautifully-written, meticulously researched piece of historical fiction. Even so, there were some pacing problems and it floated along. I can see how some people would love this book to tatters; but it wasn't really for me.

    27. A historical novel with that presents an interesting story against the detailed landscape of fifthteenth century Venice & the invention of moveable type.- I received this as an advanced reader copy.

    28. Took me a long time to finish Lost interest in the characters about 2/3 way through but didn't give up as kept hoping I'd get into it again. More style than substance for me :(

    29. Just finished this - a really interesting book which seems to float between realism and fantasy. Reminds me of Isabel Allende a bit - although set in Venice!

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