The Birth of Venus (Random House Reader's Circle Deluxe Reading Group Edition) - Sarah Dunant

The Birth of Venus (Random House Reader's Circle Deluxe Reading Group Edition)

By Sarah Dunant

  • Release Date: 2012-03-12
  • Genre: Historical
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 7 Ratings)


This new deluxe eBook edition features more than eighty additional pages of exclusive, author-approved annotations throughout the text, which contain new illustrations and photographs, to enrich your reading experience. You can access the eBook annotations with a simple click or tap on your eReader via the convenient links. Access them as you read the novel or as supplemental material after finishing the entire story. There is also Random House Reader’s Circle bonus content, which is sure to inspire discussion at book clubs everywhere.
Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family’s Florence palazzo. A child of the Renaissance with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the artist’s abilities.
But Alessandra’s parents have made plans for their daughter, and she is soon married off to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, the reign of the Medicis, with their love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, is being threatened by the hellfire preaching and increasing brutality of the fundamentalist monk Savonarola and his reactionary followers. As the city shudders with violence and change, Alessandra must find her own way—and finally explore the passions she’s kept so long at bay.
“Simply amazing, so brilliantly written . . . almost intolerably exciting at times, and at others, equally poignant.”—Antonia Fraser
“A broad mural bursting with color, passion, and intrigue.”—People


  • Very strange!

    By Katia Oh
    On the face of it it seems like a great novel! It has a good story, a bit of history, and it covered a lot of important social issues. I am also generally very easy to please when it comes to books. But somehow I did not enjoy it one bit. I was hoping it would improve, but instead it just got more weird. As I was reading it, I went from being interested to hopeful to scared/disgusted and then disappointed/frustrated at the end. I think the editor did a terrible job guiding the author. I do NOT recommend this book.