review â PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Ó Rupert ThomsonAnd themes are Love Isnt Enough fascinating however I thought that he himself had no clear idea what particular direction he should pursue with this novel and it ended up being all over the place Despite its good ualities it is an easy book to put down it lacks something to grab the reader and refuse to let go If you are curious about Rupert Thomson I would advise to skip it and go to the book which was my introduction to his work and which I consider to be his great accomplishment The Insult I enjoyed and disliked this book in almost eual parts On the one hand the language is beautiful the characters are interesting and the setting 17th century Florence seems meticulously researched On the other hand it has a creepiness about it which Iound off putting to read the prologue gives away
twists that would be better held until thethat would be better held until the s ending and somehow I didn t get any sense of place I learned a lot about Florence at that time but I never elt like I was thereThe story is about Zummo a wax sculptor who has come to Florence after a scandal Task Force Bride forced him out of his native Sicily The scandal is not explicitly described and there is some doubt over whether it was true or not He comes to workor the Grand Duke of Florence a complex character who was scorned by his wife and whose children have all gone off the rails Florence is a dangerous place both literally with murders in dark alleys at night but also in the sense that someone is always watching and is ready to have you arrested When Zummo A Soldiers Family (Wings of Refuge, falls in love he exposes both himself and his lover to danger As the title alludes secrecy is everything Zummo is secretive about his past his techniues his assignments and of course his relationship Faustina his lover also has her own secrets At one point she comments I ve got mystery in me than all these people put together But inact almost every major character is hiding something So an intriguing plot in a Desejo Indomado (To Tame A Playboy, fascinating setting but somehow itell short Dangerously Attractive (Harlequin Intrigue for me of what it could have been This book confused me a lot I wanted to DNF it at least aew times but I kept going although I didn t see any point Also it was kind of disgusting Definitely not a book I d recommend Wonderful historical "thriller set in 17th century Florence The novel drew me in by its antastic sense "set in 17th century Florence The novel drew me in by its antastic sense place and time and then I got engrossed by the plot and the characters A very satisfying read great Cinderella Story Part 2 (36 Hours) for book clubs since there are a number of moral uestions to discuss. At of the apothecary's daughter Faustina whose secret is even explosive than hisPoignant but paranoid sensual yet chilling Secrecy is a novel that buzzes with intrigue and ideas It is a love story a murder mystery a portrait of aamous city in an age of austerity an exercise in concealment and revelation but above all it is a trapdoor narrative one story dropping unexpectedly into another the ground always slippery uncerta.
special commission in reward A Ranchers Redemption for a generous stipend However in the late 17th century is not an ideal placeor a wax sculptor with a particular interest in the macabre people vanish in its dark suffocating alleys and anOffice of Public Decency has been established to enforce strict laws which prohibit even minor display of affection between unmarried residents Everybody whispers rumors A Doctor, a Nurse, a Christmas Baby full of suspicions and everybody has a secretSecrets should not be a surprise in a novel titled Secrecy and Thomson delights in having a multitude of them From the method he used torame his story having Zummo retell it to another character with much of what we know of other characters are in A Mother in the Making fact their own stories that they relay to him it is worth noting that like Cosimo III de Medici Zummo was a real person but unlike the Grand Duke little is known about his life leaving Thomson plenty of space to make him an intriguing character Stillictional Zummo is just as shrouded in secrecy as his real life counterpart I never elt that I gained an understanding ofA Special Commission In Reward For A Generous Stipend However
what drove him orward what motivated his interest in body decay and corruptionThomson is adrove him His Pregnant Christmas Princess forward what motivated his interest in body decay and corruptionThomson is a writer and Secrecy isull of descriptive passages which give the book a dreamlike hallucinatory mood Readers will Through the Language Glass feel the eeriness and uneasiness creeping up on them like Tuscan heat thanks to Thomson s elegant and succinct prose one almost expects Savonarola to riserom the ashes to again proclaim Florence a city of God and burn Zummo s sculptures on one of his bonfires presumably along with our heroWhere secrecy disappoints is its meandering plot and the very bland characterization and almost orced romance between Zummo and his love interest Faustina There is just very little characterization to Faustina she is presented as a woman ull of mystery a Private Arrangements (Forged of Steele, fact that she herself acknowledges in the narrative and who has many secrets which she does not want revealed The problem is that asiderom her obligatory physical beauty this very mystery i the only characteristics that pull Zummo to her logically in hopes of one day uncovering them and understanding her While a part of Faustina s story is eventually reveled to the reader it elt artificial as if inserted to shock and not reveal the real character behind the "Veil Of Secrecy Secrecy "of secrecy Secrecy a novel which could have been truly wonderful Thomson is a ine writer and his setting. T to Palermo then Naples but always has the Sanctuary feeling that he is being pursued by his past and that he will never beree of it Zummo works an artist in wax He is ascinated by the plague and makes small wooden cabinets in which he places graphic tortured models of the dead and dying But Cosimo III Tuscany's penultimate Medici ruler gives Zummo his most challenging commission yet and as he tackles it his path entwines with th. For those that don t know there s a museum in Florence called La Specola It s
to works in wax and without is the most macabre museum I ve ever visited This because many of the exhibits are graphic depictions of what disease does to the organs of the human body There are sculptures there by the protagonist of this novel Gaetano Zummo The author here invents a biography of this mysterious artist Secrecy deploys the basic tenet of romance iction an idealised love affair threatened by an ogre The heroine of course has green eyes It s not a novel of character development like Wolf Hall the characters here are like chess pieces their power of movement Friendfluence fixedrom the oft It s the good guys versus the bad with little nuance Zummo has a secret which has One Part Woman forced him tolee Stranger from his native Sicily When the Grand Duke Cosimo III sees his work he becomes his patron and commissions him to create a life size beautiful woman in wax Zummo meanwhile learns his young lover possesses a dangerous secret too He will code some of these secrets he possesses into his sculpture All the many secrets in this novel are of a sexual nature A puritanical spirit reigns in Florence personified by the sinister Dominican monk Stufa Women especially are locked up and tortured on hearsay of sexual impropriety The Jews are locked into the ghetto at night Stufa intent on bringing Zummo down but impeded by the Grand Duke sondness or the artist turns his attention to the girl Zummo seems to inspire absolute emotions in those he meets the good characters love him the bad characters hate him This perhaps was the clumsiest aspect of the novel The psychology was little rudimentary and lacked the "Persuasive Subtlety Of A "subtlety of a The line the author between the good and the bad is a little too thick making it essentially an adventure story A very engaging adventure story however What I most loved about this was the uality of the descriptive writing and the love and imagination with which the author recreates a detailed map of 17th century Florence It also becomes a gripping page turner when the splendidly sinister Stufa begins closing in on his prey Not perhaps the most thought provoking of novels but hugely enjoyable Forced to lee his native Sicily Gaetano Zummo journeys irst to Naples then to Palermo before being summoned to Florence at the reuest of Cosimo III de Medici himself The Grand Duke of Tuscany is interested in Zummo. It is Florence 1691 The Renaissance is long gone and the city is a dark repressive place where everything is orbidden and anything is possible The Enlightenment may be just around the corner but knowledge is still the property of the The English Spy (Gabriel Allon, few and they guard itiercely Art sex and power these as always are the obsessionsFacing serious criminal charges Gaetano Zummo is To See Paris and Die forced tolee his native Siracusa at the age of twenty irs. .Devoted To Works In Wax And Without