vrijdag 26 juni 2015

DNF - Sarah Dunant: In the Company of the Courtesan


Another one I started and couldn’t finish. I started this one two weeks ago and I tried several times to get through it but I just couldn’t.
In the end I read 109 pages.

“With their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed, the courtesan Fiametta and her companion dwarf Bucino escape the sack of Rome. It’s 1527. They head for the shimmering, decadent city of Venice. Sarah Dunant’s epic novel of sixteenth-century Renaissance Italy is a story about the sins of pleasure and the pleasures of sin, an intoxicating mix of fact and fiction, and a dazzling portrait of one of the world’s greatest cities at its most potent moment in history.”

I disliked the characters and I felt no sympathy for them whatsoever. And because of that I wasn’t interested in the story at all.
The plot doesn’t go anywhere.
I find nothing alluring about Fiametta.
The dwarf is such a typical, overused stereotype of a dwarf. Smart and cunning but ugly.

On to something better!