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The birth of Venus : a novel

Author: Sarah Dunant; Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Va.)
Publisher: Alexandria, Va. : Alexandria Library, 2007-
Series: Book clubs to go.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the declining years of the rule of the Medici over Renaissance Florence, an atmosphere of enlightenment and sophistication prevailed; gorgeous art, relaxed mores, and intellectual freedom were the order of the day. But the puritan ideologue Savonarola began to exert ever more control over the city, and was turning it, bit by bit, into a totalitarian theocratic city-state, burning art and banning books with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Fiction
Named Person: Girolamo Savonarola; Girolamo Savonarola
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Dunant; Alexandria Library (Alexandria, Va.)
ISBN: 1400060737 9781400060733
OCLC Number: 137281481
Notes: Discussion guide contains tips for starting a book club, review(s), author biography, discussion questions and a list of available titles.
For use by: Book discussion groups in Alexandria City libraries.
Awards: Commended for Book Sense Book of the Year Award (Adult Fiction) 2005
Description: 1 tote bag + 1 resource guide; 8-10 books.
Contents: Introduction --
Tips for starting a book club --
About the author --
Discussion questions --
Review(s) --
Available titles.
Series Title: Book clubs to go.
Other Titles: Book clubs to go : Birth of Venus
Book clubs to go
Responsibility: Sarah Dunant.

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In the declining years of the rule of the Medici over Renaissance Florence, an atmosphere of enlightenment and sophistication prevailed; gorgeous art, relaxed mores, and intellectual freedom were the order of the day. But the puritan ideologue Savonarola began to exert ever more control over the city, and was turning it, bit by bit, into a totalitarian theocratic city-state, burning art and banning books with abandon. It is in this atmosphere that Alessandra, an unusually educated woman, must make the choices of her life: a marriage of convenience to her brother's homosexual lover and a dangerous fascination with the intense, mystical painter who comes to decorate her parents' chapel. As the world becomes increasingly unsafe for her, she must choose her own path and retain her own individuality.

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