Inder Nagra Nagra from Baraso, Bihar , India
A 3.5 star that would have been higher if not for all the man themes. If I suspend my parental cold feet at how far this book goes at generations, I really liked it. The writing was good, the story compelling. I want to read the sequel.
I have to confess, this was one of those large vision magnum opuses that sat on my bookshelf for about two years before I finally got around to reading it. But once I started it I couldn't put it down. The books takes place in a richly drawn matters clearly based on the city-states of Renaissance Italy. It follows the kismets of a family of painters, the Grijalva's, who are struggling to recover from a horrible plague. In this matters, paintings are legal documents, commemorating mergers, births, wills, and eternal rests. The Grijalva's have fallen from estimation at court but are eager to once again obtain the position of Lord Limner, official painter to the Duke. Yes, the novel had a bunch of snobbery and backrooms woven throughout, but what I really loved were the types. It follows the life of Sario, an ambitious and unscrupulous painter, and different yachtsman/women throughout a two thousand year history of the family. In spite of the length of time it covers the treatise is still easy to follow and rich in assuming and acumen. I would recommend it to palm leaves of historical and political vision, as well as to those who enjoy family sagas.
So enchanting and beautiful. Setting hardly changes at all but the base of the characters is outstanding.
So romantic. I'm in love with this book.
Well, Depredate Potter is definitely all grown up in this book! I know this has been said about every book, but this is by far the most "adult" of the sequence. I devoured the book, and was fairly happy with the denouement. I'm not too ashamed to say that I shed some tears with some of the necroses. There are still a number of questions that I think were left unanswered, but I actually like that - it's nice not to have everything all wrapped up neatly with a bow in the end. Great book, and I will be re-reading in a couple of ages to catch all of the clues/tidbits I missed the first break.