Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Monday May 29, 2017
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

Sarah Dunant

 

continued

Dunant fills her books with fascinating historical details, but she also finds relevant resonances to our own time. In Venus she wrote of Savonarola, the historical priest who bears a striking resemblance to today's fundamentalist fanatics, while in Courtesan she explores a society that offered very limited options to women, a situation sadly still true in much of our world.

Courtesan is a meditation on the differences between appearances and inner qualities, but it is never predictable or sentimental. It's not giving away much to say that no knight in shining armor rescues Fiammetta, no beautiful princess falls in love with Bucino. But, as in Venus, Dunant's characters triumph in their experience of love, that "fever from which no one wants to be well."

Sarah Dunant reads from In the Company of the Courtesan at Nicola's Books on Wednesday, March 1.

[Review published March 2006]    (end of article)

 

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News

You might also like:

New Brew
Mighty Good buys Jefferson Market
Catherine Zudek
Buses
Sozo Opens at Briarwood
Making hibachi an everyday food
Sabine Bickford
Restaurants with Delivery Available
A clickable zoomable map
Today's Events
Last Impression
Saying goodbye to a business rooted in seeds
Teena Weaver Gordon
Photo: Tulips
Jerry Clayton's Vision
The sheriff has a plan to fix two of the county's thorniest problems.
James Leonard
Bourbon Latte at Milan Coffee Works
Quick bite: May 2017
Sally Mitani
Special Services
Grieve Well Kite Festival June 17th 2017
Victors for art at the university of Michigan Museum of art
Grillin' 2017 June 11th, 3-8pm - Ann Arbor MI