Daughter of Venice Paperback – 7 Jun 2004
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"So rich with historical detail and intrigue that readers will quickly feel the desperation and exhilaration of Donata's daring escape... an authentic taste of this complex society on the brink of change and the ancient rules that still bound its women both physically and mentally." Amazon "A strong and enjoyable novel." The Glasgow Herald "An absorbing tale of courage." The Bookseller"
About the Author
Donna Jo Napoli is a Professor of Linguistics and the author of many distinguished books for young readers. A dual citizen of the USA and Italy, Donna Jo Napoli lives with her family in Pennsylvania.
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But there wasn't much more to it - I found the characterisation to be a little on the flat side, which is perhaps expected of a book that is relatively short and aimed for a younger audience. I also thought the whole incident with Noé went a little unresolved, and I was a little irritated by the "happy for all" kind of ending. The pace was rather slow at times, too.
Still, it was a good read on a hot summer's day, and if you're looking for some light historical fiction, this book is worth reading.
I read the book in one go in one day, and pity now that there are no more books about Donata and her Venice.
If you liked that book, I'd recommend Mary Hoffman's trilogy of "Stravaganza" books, it has a bit of fantasy, but mostly is about similar time in ancient Italy: Venice, Florence and Rome. And it involves mostly teens too.
This rich tapestry of words will intrigue and delight - drawing one into the cleverly concocted world of Venice in it's heyday.
Intense Donata lives a circumscribed life, hung about with conventions and prohibitions until she begins to wrest a little more from life by seeking adventures and conspiring with her sisters to acheive some equality in a world which is arranged for the comfort of men, and daughters left over get sent to convents.
A gracious mother and kind father unbend enough to allow Donata and her sisters & brothers careers and paths which suit their temperaments in a most compassionate way
Having read many of Donna Jo Napoli's other novels themed upon old fairytales, I kept trying to guess which old story she might have taken her inspiration this time - it kept me guessing right up until the last half, when I concluded this is a fresh! tale.
I recommend this book to girls ages 10 and up. Boys may read it too, but they might not enjoy it as much since some seens describe how a girl is feeling as she talks to the man she secrely has a crush on. So if you are looking for a book that is realistic fiction, you will absolutly enjoy, and will educate you on Venice in the 1500s, then this book is for you.
Although this started really slowly and could definitely have done with a bit more description in places, I still really enjoyed Daughter of Venice. Donata is a likeable, if slightly naive, main character and although there are a lot of other characters featured (her 11 other siblings plus her mother, father, various city folk, members of other noble families and servants too) I never lost track of who was who and what their place was in the overall story.
Donata is clearly ahead of her time, desperately longing for an education in a time when noble women were expected to excel at their accomplishments (harpischord, violin, sewing, art, etc) as opposed to reading and writing. So when Donata escapes the palazzo and through a series of events meets Noè, a Jewish copywriter who agrees to employ her on the basis of paying for a pair of shoes she borrows from him (under the guise of being a poor fishing boy), you know pretty much where the story is heading. Donata not only learns to read and write (in an amazingly short space of time - one of the slightly less believable elements of the book) but she also starts to see the city she lives in in a completely different light.Read more ›
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Having recently received a copy of the Daughter of Venice I was pleasantly surprised to see that for a second hand book it was in very good condition. Read morePublished on 30 May 2013 by Sheena Albon
This is the captivating tale of bold, brash noblewoman Donata, a teenager desperate to obtain some degree of freedom in 15th Century Venice before she is ultimately shipped away to... Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2010 by Nicola F (Nic)
Lovely book, giving a new insight into a city I love dearly. Enjoyed it very much.Published on 6 May 2010 by Mrs. Jacqueline E. Franks
love books based on historical incidents/eras, and not just for the costumes! I find the research which the author puts into the novel creates a rich story, teaching me a little... Read morePublished on 20 May 2009 by Nayu