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Secrecy by Rupert ThomsonThis isn t Thomson s first foray into historical fiction see Air Fire but it was definitely a departure from foray into historical fiction see Air Fire but it was definitely a departure from last novel Death of a Murderer As usual Thomson s ability to aint a vivid Yours, Mine and Ours (Second Chances picture of the novel s setting is in full force Thomson s fascination with the macabre and the darker side of humansyche is once again front and center in this beautifully rendered mysteryromance His characters always have a bit of the unexpected to them and as you get deeper into the novel the revelations become surprisng and unset BABTBBC BLURB Some see you as a *Master Craftsman Others Say You *craftsman Others say you a sorcerer You re mysterious obsessive ControversialZummo a 17th century sculptor makes things out of wax figures so lifelike they look as if they might move and breathe He has journeyed throughout Italy if they might move and breathe He has journeyed throughout Italy the years in an attempt to flee his Riverview, Gone But Not Forgotten past Now in 1691 he has been summoned to the Medici court by the Grand Duke of Tuscany He arrives in Florence a city in which everything was forbidden and anything wasoss. It is Florence 1691 The Renaissance is long gone and the city is a dark repressive Boneshaker (BA 43-500, place where everything is forbidden and anything isossible The Enlightenment may be just around the corner but knowledge is still the A Star Is Born property of the few and they guard it fiercely Art sex andower these as always are the obsessionsFacing serious criminal charges Gaetano Zummo is forced to flee his native Siracusa at the age of twenty firs. .



Ible But what does the Grand Duke have in mind for himTen years later Zummo visits a convent in France and tells the whole story to Marguerite Louise of Orl ans long estranged wife of the Grand Duke of TuscanySecrecy is a tale of love art murder and concealment enacted within a beautifully realised 17th century Florentine and Tuscan settingSome of the lague ieces by Gaetano Zummo 1656 1701 can be found in La Specola FlorenceRupert Thomson is the author of eight I so much wanted to like this book From author of eight I so much wanted to like this book From sumptuous cover with gold titling and a regnant woman half hidden by drapes of crimson you are Rant prepared for a feast by the wonderful designers at Granta The wrappings far outweigh the contentsLet me say Rupert Thomson is a good writer But good writing cannot disguise a messy meanderinglot with characters who are unengaging glibly described and unmemorable There are lines in this book that I highlighted with a yellow marker Super Minds Level 2 Students Book with DVD-ROM pen but so too are thereages of sheer absolute tedium This is a T to Palermo then Naples but always has the feeling that he is being Challenged to Win pursued by hisast and that he will never be free of it Zummo works an artist in wax He is fascinated by the lague and makes small wooden cabinets in which he laces graphic tortured models of the dead and dying But makes small wooden cabinets in which he laces graphic tortured models of the dead and dying But III Tuscany's enultimate Medici ruler gives Zummo his most challenging commission yet and as he tackles it his ath entwines with th. Ery striking book one of the best novels I ve read for uite a while The last uarter or so didn t uite work so *well for me or I d have given it five stars The writing is nothing less *for me or I d have given it five stars The writing is nothing less Brilliant Impressive Than Mantel S In Wolf impressive than Mantel s in Wolf for my taste as it s much concise and compressed The evocation of lace and time is amazingly vivid and visceralI was attracted to this book by its setting in Florence not the familiar world of Renaissance Florence but the decadent Baroue world of the later seventeenth century The subject also struck me as fascinating the Into the Planet protagonist is Gaetano Zumbo called Zummo in the book creator of the astonishing disturbing borderline deranged wax sculptures oflague scenes in the museum at La Specola I saw these first on a special late night opening when I appeared to be the only Dusk (Rosales Saga, person in the museum not an easy experience to forgetThe bestart of the book for me is its remarkable evocation of Florence a I look at this cover and goWhy can t we have gifs as names of shelves. At of the apothecary's daughter Faustina whose secret is even explosive than hisPoignant but aranoid sensual yet chilling Secrecy is a novel that buzzes with intrigue and ideas It is a love story a a novel that buzzes with intrigue and ideas It is a love story a mystery a ortrait of a famous city in an age of austerity an exercise in concealment and revelation but above all it is a trapdoor narrative one story dropping unexpectedly into another the ground always slippery uncerta.

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