The Remedy

The RemedyUm livro diferente Mais uma vez, parti descoberta e decidi ler um livro de um autor que ainda n o conhecia Este Rem dio pareceu me ser interessante por v rias raz es Primeiro, a ac o decorre em duas cidades que exercem um grande fasc nio em mim Londres e Veneza Segundo, um romance hist rico e apesar de n o ser o meu g nero de elei o um g nero que tem vindo a crescer proporcionalmente nos meus interesses para desanuviar de outras leituras Terceiro, tem uma sinopse muito apelativa, tal como o t tulo.O nico factor que me fez hesitar brevemente foi a falta de opini es que existe verdade que nunca tinha ouvido falar da autora, nem das suas obras, nem nunca tinha visto os livros venda, mas isso n o seria motivo para haver t o poucas opini es para esta obra.No entanto, s quando se experimenta que se sabe se gosta e portante decidi pegar no livro O Rem dio conta nos uma hist ria de intrigas, mentiras Um verdadeiro jogo entre o gato e o rato Valentine Greatakes o rei do crime londrino e numa noite de 1785, numa ida ao teatro conhece uma actriz veneziana pela qual fica irremediavelmente apaixonado O que Valentine n o sabe que esta mulher n o verdadeiramente uma actriz O seu passado esconde muita coisa e agora, ela uma espia ao servi o de Veneza No entanto, at este trabalho tem uma motiva o ulterior que esconde v rios segredos do passado desta actriz e do pr prio Valentine Com desconfian a entre os amantes, os dois, v o andar entre Veneza e Londres procura da verdade escondida em cada um deles E far o de tudo para que o seu amor possa ser consagrado Tenho que dizer que esta estreia me deixou deveras dividida Quando comecei o livro, estranhei muito o vocabul rio e a pr pria escrita nem conseguia perceber o enredo No entanto, mal consegui entrar no ritmo, percebi que tudo o que senti no in cio tinha sido propositado para deixar uma aura de mist rio e consegui entrar melhor na hist ria A partir da , foi um prazer ler este romance hist rico, que nico entre aqueles que eu j li Tem um tom mais s rio, mais pesado Existem algumas cenas e algum vocabul rio que me faz confus o, por n o estar habituada, mas que acabou por ser uma mais valia na leitura Ironicamente, o nico personagem que realmente apreciei foi Valentine rei do crime londrino Ainda mais, por esta personalidade ter existido realmente De resto, os cen rios do livros foram o seu ponto mais forte, sem qualquer d vida As suas descri es foram muito motivadoras na leitura, pois conseguiram me de facto transportar para o cen rio da obra.Tamb m achei interessante todas as receitas que estavam em cada in cio de cap tulo Numa poca em que a alquimia deveras importante, achei este um pormenor determinante e que torna este livro nico e diferente dos outros romances hist ricos.Com tudo isto, quero dizer que apesar de ter sido bastante dif cil entrar no ritmo do livro, mal isto aconteceu foi com agrado que li a obra na sua totalidade Foi um romance hist rico muito completo, cheio de intrigas, mentiras e decep es Para quem gosta do g nero, acredito que tamb m ir apreciar esta obra de Michelle Lovric. For having such grandiose language and detailed descriptions, it really didnt have a plot to match It was a little disappointing to have such a trite love story come from such an interesting setting I will say, though, that Lovric does have an amazing vocabulary my favorite epithet a hefty bit of nastiness. I have a love for historical fiction, particularly of the 1700 s, and even so of Italy I quite enjoyed this book, even though it did make me pull out my dictionary a few times Venice and London are the cities of note in The Remedy , and while it s a love story, it s a twisted one I particularly liked the ending I saw one twist coming about halfway through the book, but the last one eluded me for a while.If you liked In the Company of the Courtesan , you ll probably like this one, too I enjoyed it Lori AndersonLori Anderson The Store Lori Anderson The Blog Facebook If you are a fan of historical fiction and haven t read any of Michelle Lovric s work yet, I totally recommend The Remedy, set in the late 1700s, takes us back and forth between Venice and London and entwines the stories of Venetian actress Mimosina Dolcezza, rogue Valentine Greatrakes and woman child Pevenche Lovric paints a vivid picture of the urban world of the late 1700s, from the theatre to the work of the quacks who sell their remedies to the unsuspecting masses This was a very enjoyable read. Whilst it may be true that the mystery is quite easy to predict, I didn t find that it spoiled my enjoyment The recipes for various potions at the beginning of each chapter are fascinating, and the descriptions vividly conjure up images of 18th century London and Venice, in all their festering, stinking glory I didn t expect to like it as much as I did, but it drew me in and kept me riveted right to the end. A historical romance cum drama set in the underbellies of 1780s London and Venice I could finish reading this it s overlong but not poorly paced on the whole, and the prose is often laborious and strangely stilted, but far from unreadable but I don t want to There s little to intrigue, here, despite the richness of the historical setting what opens well with the story of a young recalcitrant nun devolves into an insipid romance, and while there s a hint of conspiracy in the background details, Lovric does her best to overshadow them with the awkward coupling of two unlikable people In the most mundane and offputting sense, there s a shadow of the grotesque across the book blatant fat shaming, greasy and petty characters, and only the thinnest sort of passion at its heart My appetite is for fantasy of manners style historical drama, richer and intriguing, finding depth in the darkest corners The Remedy manages none of that, and so it s not to my taste and, frankly, I can find nothing else to redeem it It would be a waste of my time to finish reading it, and I don t recommend it. Numa Noite Inesquec Vel De , Num Famoso Teatro Londrino, A Alquimia Do Amor E Da Morte Funde Subitamente As Vidas De Uma Actriz Veneziana E De Um Aristocrata Ingl S Mas Nenhum Deles Quem Aparenta Ser Ela Uma Espia Ao Servi O De Veneza, Ele, O Maior Charlat O De Londres Segredos Perigosos E Mentiras Elaboradas Cedo Empurram Os Dois Amantes Em Direc Es Opostas, Desesperados Em Saber A Verdade Um Sobre O Outro, Mas Tamb M Sobre Si Pr Prios Um Tempo De Rem Dios Fabulosos Excremento De Pav O E P De Ouro S O Considerados T O Eficazes Quanto Serpentes Esmagadas E Os Amantes Procuram Um B Lsamo Para Aplacar Todas As Doen As, Todas As Feridas Do Amor A Sua Busca Leva Os Das Ruelas Mais Obscuras De Londres Enigm Tica Veneza Uma Dan A Entre Teatros E Bord Is, Botic Rios E Conventos, Onde O Par Pode Ser Um Fidalgo, Um Espi O Ou Um Assassino I loved this book, but obviously it s not for everyone Lovric clearly loves words and has a gift for semantics While several reviewers found the book plodding and dull, I was swept away by the author s voice and the plot For me this was fun and fast moving This is my second book from Lovric and I ll be grabbing. A fast moving, atmospheric story set in both the seedier parts of 17th century London and the upper echelons of Venetian society Wonderful descriptions of place and character with lots of suspense and uncovered dark secrets, brill Where to begin with my review of this book It may end up being just as muddied as the plot line to The Remedy if I m not carefulWhat this is at its very core is a love story A very predictable I correctly guessed the plot twist within the first few chapters , well researched love story set against an interesting historical backdrop What drew me to this book initially was the fact that it was set in 18th century London and dealt with Quack doctors and other unsavory folk It promised and delivered unflinching portrayals of what city life during this time was like gritty, sordid, painful, and full of misery, all while wearing a frock coat Lovric has a decided flair for painting grotesque caricaturizations of people and their inner machinations, and her three main characters are no exception each as ugly and twisted and broken as the next, despite the pleasing outward countenances of Mimosina Dolcezza and Valentine Greatrakes, the two great lovers of the book.The ghastly woman child Pevenche was the brightest burning flame in my opinion, her lurid physical description following me around from page to page.The meat of the novel doesn t begin until about 200 pages within, when the plot line unravels and becomes tangled and messy If you are like me, you already know how the book is going to end so just read the novel for the bizarre recipes for healing unguents and nostrums from authentic and somehow still extant 18th century sources which announce the beginning of each new chapter All in all, despite its flaws The Remedy it is an entertaining jaunt which sometimes smacks of Rikki Ducornet probably because of the grotesque descriptions of people and ailments and is recommended for those folks who have an interest in strange historical details and events.Read it for historic details of 18th century Venice and London, unflinching descriptions of various priapic medical disorders I counted the word effluvia five times , sordid ale house interiors, vengeful Italian nuns and strange, historical apocrypha.

Michelle Lovric is a novelist, writer and anthologist.Her third novel, The Remedy, was long listed for the 2005 Orange Prize for Fiction The Remedy is a literary murder mystery set against the background of the quack medicine industry in the eighteenth century Her first novel, Carnevale, is the story of the painter Cecilia Cornaro, described by The Times as the possessor of the most covetable l

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  • 432 pages
  • The Remedy
  • Michelle Lovric
  • Portuguese
  • 23 December 2018

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