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The Glassblower of Murano
by Marina Fiorato

Published: 2009-05-26
Kindle Edition : 365 pages
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Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino ...

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Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light.

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by denloew (see profile) 04/14/15

 
  "The Glassblower of Murano"by Felso (see profile) 04/15/13

 
  "Intriguing read"by meredithds (see profile) 09/20/11

I enjoyed the suspense of the story, as well as the beautiful descriptions of VEnice and glassblowing. The only thing I disliked was the author's use of frequent italicized "thoughts" of the point of view... (read more)

 
  "Glassblower blows me through centuries of art history!"by KeaKiya (see profile) 09/09/11

 
  "loved it"by MicheleGoggin (see profile) 01/26/11

I like the book

 
  "The Glassblower of Murano"by mlbarker (see profile) 04/30/10

Readers who have been to Venice will appreciate "going back" through the authors vivid descriptions. One could feel the heat as the glassblowers did their work. Really enjoyed the book.

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