The Book of Human Skin

The Book of Human Skin

Book - 2010
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Publisher: London ; New York : Bloomsbury, 2010
ISBN: 9781408805886
Branch Call Number: FIC Lovr
Characteristics: 500 p. ; 24 cm


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May 23, 2012

This is a unique book, told in the form of the characters' diary entries, rather than chapters. Each entry develops and weaves together the characters, setting and plot beautifully.
18th C Venice and Arequipa (Peru) are brought to life vividly, as are the intriguingly likable and unlikable albeit unforgettable characters. The book is dark yet humourous; and the period is researched in depth by Lovric, a scholar in 18th C Venetian culture. Having some background in Catholicism is definitely an asset when reading this.
Also by the author is "The Remedy", in a similar style of writing, with 18th C Venice and London as the setting.

I thoroughly enjoyed both, and look forward to further novels at VIRL.

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