Friday, January 16, 2009

Primavera by Mary Jane Beaufrand

Flora lives during the Italian Renaissance. Thanks to her father's mechanisms and her parents' greed, their family become "traitors" to the city and most are killed. Flora lives, although she too has to eventually leave after having lived as a boy - an apprentice to a goldsmith.  The title is based on the painting by Botticelli - who is a character in the novel. Flora (the character in the novel) is supposedly the Flora (goddess of flowers) in the Primavera painting. Although I really wanted to be wrapped up in this story - I liked the plot line a lot - I could just not get into it. There was always just a large distance between what was happening and any emotion. I vote nay.

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