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A gorgeous novel I lost myself in for a week
Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2020
This is a book I loved sinking into every night--author Stephanie Storey transports you to sixteenth-century Rome and immerses you among the greatest painters in history. The painter Raphael narrates his own story in an intimate, irresistible voice, and the prose itself is so lovely and vividly evocative it made me stop and reread some lines a few times--wolves with eyes "yellow as yolk"..."Her lips parted. (They're full and pink and tempting as peach meat"... "You want patrons to believe that masterpieces flow from your fingers easy as wine down a fat friend's gullet"... "Rumors flew fast as feet." Raphael speaks as he paints, in beautiful, tangibly sensory images, and it brings the setting to and character to three-dimensional, vibrant life.
An art historian, Storey has provided links to every painting and sculpture and mosaic described, which added a lot to the reading experience--I loved going to see the actual paintings and sculptures after “seeing” them created in the book.
A gorgeous novel I lost myself in for a week. That's a rare pleasure in a book.