The Book of Madness and Cures

The Book of Madness and Cures

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Gabriella Mondini's renowned physician father's influence allows her to become a doctor in Venice in 1950, but after he mysteriously disappears, she is shunned from the profession, now she and two trusted servants must search to find him.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316195836
Branch Call Number: M OMELVENY
Characteristics: viii, 320 p. : maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: Book of madness & cures


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Jul 19, 2017

I was really excited about the premise and setting of this book, but I was left wanting more. It was a good story but just not well supported with the details I was waiting for. Maybe this historical fiction was lacking the research needed to bring it to life, I couldn't picture the places she travelled and I didn't care much what happened to the characters, removing emotion from events that should have been emotional. I also didn't like the way the servants were characterized. It was overly simplistic, which was unfortunate as they were a big part of the story. At the end of the day, I still enjoyed the book. But it was disappointing because I feel it had so much more potential.

carrilis Dec 27, 2012

This took a while to read, but was very well written. The characters are well developed and although it may not be historically correct in all aspects (it is fiction) the feel of the 1500's is woven into the story quite well.

May 30, 2012

This story of a woman doctor in Renaissance Europe who travels to the east to find her missing father, also a doctor, is an interesting story that may be historical fiction but is more fiction than I like. So many unbelievable aspects about women in that time period just ring false. Very disappointing.


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