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Gioconda by Lucille Turner | A Writer of History

The one thing left out, was the sodomy incident in Florence that clouded his early years. When Leonardo painted Lisa, was he giving us peripheral vision in a portrait? I struggled a bit with the rhythm or something of the narration.

Nevertheless, the Ottoman army took it, sending a shock wave rippling through the Christian world. As the Ottomans plot to take Constantinople, the future of Vlad Dracula becomes a weapon for those who would preserve the Golden City of the Eastern Church. A character cannot live on beyond the scope of the book, but fortunately a message can, and only a well-developed theme or themes will deliver one.

But success requires sacrifice; Florence demands a level of conformity impossible for him. Celia rated it it was ok Jun 19, Thoroughly recommended if you’re interested in more than the usual page-turner with laughable quasi-historical dialogue.

And, when Leonardo went to Milan, his path was nowhere near as smooth as this book would suggest. Confrontational, charismatic and manipulative, he tests family and enemy alike.


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Very readable and enlightening “bio” on Leonardo Da Vinci. I’m even intrigued enough to search out his other Leonardo volumes.

When I compare it with most of the tripe that sells well it says rather depressing things about the average reader. His journey leads him back to Lisa and the portrait he has waited so long to paint, the culmination of his life’s work. To ask other readers questions about Giocondaplease sign up.

Sometimes the significance of a book can be entirely lost on a reader.

Post lufille not sent – check your email addresses! Her Leonardo is only hot for art. Technology House prices Many of the scrolls housed there were Greek and Syriac works moved from the House of Wisdom of Baghdad to the libraries of Alexandria and Constantinople before the time of the Mongol siege inwhen the Mongol armies threw the remainder of the works of Arabic scholars into the River Tigris.

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I gave that four stars too. And he had a boy servant with whom his relations were far from chaste. His humiliation of rejection at being a man ahead of his time and an outcast. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. The description of his childhood and the surroundings and events that led to his later work is extremely well.

Two different approaches, two different levels of information are provided, two different emphases. And the Mona Lisa?


Review: Fiction: Gioconda by Lucille Turner

Turnr grail was therefore symbol rather than object. Lucille Turner brought the man to life with his skilful use of present tense narration and extraordinary historical details. I very much liked the way this book is written, the language is deceptively simple and keeps the reader captivated. Open Preview See a Problem?

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Even then the reader gets a feel for her rather enigmatic ways. But there’s nothing female or male about the way Turner portrays Da Vinci’s devotion to his work. I agree with your preference to some extent — that’s why we all love Dorothy Dunnett, isn’t it?! While setting may deliver the background to a theme, it still has to be played out by the character s of the novel.

A sense of calmness pervades the writing, despite the turbulent era of 15th century Italy, lucillr the author creates a feeling of being at one with nature in her descriptions of the Tuscan countryside and Leonardo’s discoveries. It’s an entertainingly weird tale — like Turner’s novel. Davy O’Neill surprised his pregnant partner