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Passing The Time

To keep myself from obsessing on the renovation, I have plunged into crossword puzzles and reading. I am working my way through 1001 New York Times Crossword Puzzle Omnibus. And I am currently reading In the Company of the Courtesan by Sarah Dunant. I adored her first book, Birth of Venus, and I am loving this one.

"Renaissance Italy enchants in Dunant's delicious second historical (after The Birth of Venus), as a wily dwarf Bucino Teodoldo recounts fantastic escapades with his mistress, celebrated courtesan Fiammetta Bianchini. Escaping the 1527 sacking of Rome with just the clothes on their backs (and a few swallowed jewels in their bellies), Fiammetta and Bucino seek refuge in Venice. Starved, stinking, her beauty destroyed, Fiammetta despairs-but through cunning, will, Bucino's indefatigable loyalty and the magic of a mysterious blind healer called La Draga, she eventually recovers. Aided by a former adversary, who now needs her as much as she needs him, Fiammetta finds a wealthy patron to establish her in her familiar glory. Through Bucino's sharp-eyed, sharp-tongued narration, Dunant crafts a vivid vision of Venetian life: the weave of politics and religion; the layers of class; the rituals, intrigue, superstitions and betrayals. Dunant's characters-the steely courtesan whose glimpse of true love nearly brings her to ruin; the shrewd and passionate dwarf who turns his abnormalities into triumph; and the healer whose mysterious powers and secrets leave an indelible mark on the duo-are irresistible throughout their shifting fortunes." Publishers Weekly


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Jul. 31st, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
do you know that The New York Times will let you download crossword software and do their crossword every day?

I used to do it religiously. LOVE doing it on my Mac. now, however, I have found online sudoku...
Jul. 31st, 2006 01:43 am (UTC)
I can't get into doing crosswords online as much as the old-fashioned ones. But I love doing sudoku online.
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