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The decadent Baroue world of the later seventeenth century The subject also struck me as fascinating the protagonist is Gaetano Zumbo called Zummo in the book creator of subject also struck me as fascinating the protagonist is Gaetano Zumbo called Zummo in the book creator of astonishing disturbing borderline deranged wax sculptures of plague scenes in the museum at La Specola I saw these first on a special late night opening when I appeared to be the
ONLY PERSON IN THE MUSEUM NOT 
person in the museum not easy experience to forgetThe best part of the book for me is its remarkable evocation of Florence and the eccentric and perverse world of Cosimo III de Medici s court The characters are fabulous from the strange young daughter of Zumbo s landlady like most figures in the book damaged physically or emotionally in some way to the eccentric French acrobat who lives pstairs from him to the drunken vomiting Medici princeling Gian Gastone the jovial anatomist Pampolino and his rchin sidekick Earhole damage and the affable but almost bound to turn sinister at some point ducal secretary Bassetti The grand duke himself is a memorable monster and perhaps aptly enough just about the most damaged character of all The arch villain Stufa is perhaps a mite too villainous for my taste but he s fun in a grand guignol kind of way Elements I wasn t ite so taken with Zumbo s backstory in Siracusa the love story the frame story that comes in at the beginning and end But these are ibbles it s an excellent novel There s a scene near the beginning where Bassetti gives Zumbo a welcome to Florence gift of a truffle that reveals itself when cut open to be full of maggots It strikes me as not a bad metaphor for the book itself in a good way A lot of the material is very dark and these are not the last maggots we see One historical footnote although she appears once only briefly in person in the novel we hear a lot about the nightmarish ltra pious dowager grandduchess Vittoria della Rovere Stufa s patron who is pretty much held to blame for what is wrong with her son s Florence and there s a lot This A Mighty Big Wish used to be pretty much how Vittoria delle Rovere and all the seventeenth century Medici wives were regarded but there has been a lot of research on them recently and they are emerging as much interesting and less stereotypical and grotesue figures Vittoria was responsible for founding the first all female literary academy in Italy and I think Europe among other things I don t think you d guess that from her portrayal here I look at this cover and goWhy can t we have gifs as names of shelves Wonderful historical thriller set in 17th century Florence The novel drew me in by its fantastic sense of place and time and then I got engrossed by the plot and the characters A very satisfying read great for book clubs since there are a number of moralestions to discuss This book confused me a lot I wanted to DNF it at least a few times but I kept going although I didn t see any point Also it was kind of disgusting Definitely not a book I d recommend I enjoyed and disliked this book in almost eual parts On the one hand the language is beautiful the characters are interesting and the setting 17th century Florence seems meticulously researched On the other hand it has a creepiness about it which I found off putting to read the prologue gives away twists that would be better held ntil the book s ending and somehow I didn t get any sense of place "I learned a lot about Florence at that time but I never felt like I "learned a lot about Florence at that time but I never felt like I thereThe story is about Zummo a wax sculptor who has come to Florence after a scandal forced him out of his native Sicily The scandal is not explicitly described and there is some doubt over whether it was true or not He comes to work for the Grand Duke of Florence a complex character who was scorn. T to Palermo then Naples but always has the feeling that he is being pursued by his past and that he will never be free of it Zummo works an artist in wax He is fascinated by the plague and makes small wooden cabinets in which he places graphic tortured models of the dead and dying But Cosimo III Tuscany's penultimate Medici ruler gives Zummo his most challenging commission yet and as he tackles it his path entwines with th. This isn t Thomson s first foray into historical fiction see Air Fire but it was definitely a departure from his last novel Death of a Murderer As sual Thomson s ability to paint a vivid picture of the novel s setting is in full force Thomson s fascination with the macabre and the darker side of human psyche is "once again front and center in this beautifully rendered mysteryromance His characters always have a bit of the nexpected "again front and center in this beautifully rendered mysteryromance His characters always have a bit of the nexpected them and as you get deeper into the novel the revelations become surprisng and nsettling He paints his characters and the world they move through like a watercolor transparent in parts layered and luminous in others Although this wasn t my favorite novel of his that would have to be The Insult or The Book of Revelation this is a great introduction to one of today s best writers in my opinion He s got a fantastic back catalog and he never fails to disappoint with each new title BABTBBC BLURB Some see you as a master craftsman Others say you re a sorcerer You re mysterious obsessive ControversialZummo a 17th century sculptor makes things out of wax figures so lifelike they look as if they might move and breathe He has journeyed throughout Italy over the years in an attempt to flee his past Now in 1691 he has been
SUMMONED TO THE MEDICI COURT BY 
to the Medici court by Grand Duke of Tuscany He arrives in Florence a city in which everything was forbidden and anything was possible But what does the Grand Duke have in mind for himTen years later Zummo visits a convent in France and tells the whole story to Marguerite Louise of Orl ans long estranged wife of the Grand Duke of TuscanySecrecy is a tale of love art murder and concealment enacted within a beautifully realised 17th century Florentine and Tuscan settingSome of the plague pieces by Gaetano Zummo 1656 1701 can be found in La Specola FlorenceRupert Thomson is the author of eight highly acclaimed novels including Death of a Murderer which was shortlisted for the 2008 Costa Novel Award His memoir This Party s Got to Stop won the Writer s Guild Non Fiction AwardEpisode One In 1701 a frail dying Zummo arrives at a French convent He has a story to tell His audience Marguerite Louise of Orl ans former wife of the Grand Duke of TuscanyReaders Greta Scacchi and Owen Teale Abridger Jeremy OsborneProducer Rosalynd Ward A Sweet Talk Production for BBC Radio 4half way through this should of been blindingly interesting given the time the gore factor the morbid artistry All I kept noticing was a spider web formed overnight between that delicious photo of the Nofolk sands and the wind p pendulum clock And how about the windows fully fly blown25 Tikki Tikki Tembo upped to 3 because it is such a lovely sunny warm day2 Divided Kingdom3 Secrecy I so much wanted to like this book From the sumptuous cover with gold titling and a pregnant woman half hidden by drapes of crimson you are prepared for a feast by the wonderful designers at Granta The wrappings far outweigh the contentsLet me say Rupert Thomson is a good writer But good writing cannot disguise a messy meandering plot with characters who arenengaging glibly described and Bidding on Her Boss (The Hawke Brothers, unmemorable There are lines in this book that I highlighted with a yellow marker pen but so too are there pages of sheer absolute tedium This is a very striking book one of the best novels I ve read forite a while The last Hoofd in de wolken (Puffin Island uarter or so didn tite work so well for me or I d have given it five stars The writing is nothing less than brilliant impressive than Mantel s in Wolf Hall for my taste as it s much concise and compressed The evocation of place and time is amazingly vivid and visceralI was attracted to this book by its setting in Florence not the familiar world of Renaissance Florence but. It is Florence 1691 The Renaissance is long gone and the city is a dark repressive place where everything is forbidden and anything is possible The Enlightenment may be just around the corner but knowledge is still the property of the few and they guard it fiercely Art sex and power these as always are the obsessionsFacing serious criminal charges Gaetano Zummo is forced to flee his native Siracusa at the age of twenty firs. Ed by his wife and whose children have all gone off the rails Florence is a dangerous place both literally with murders in dark alleys at night but also in the sense that someone is always watching and is ready to have you arrested When Zummo falls in love he exposes both himself and his lover to danger As the title alludes secrecy is everything Zummo is secretive about his past his techniues his assignments and of course his relationship Faustina his lover also has her own secrets At one point she comments I ve got mystery in me than all these people put together But in fact almost every major character is hiding something So But in fact almost every major character is hiding something So intriguing plot in a fascinating setting but "somehow it fell short for me of what it could have been "it fell short for me of what it could have been to flee his native Sicily Gaetano Zummo journeys first to Naples then to Palermo before being summoned to Florence at the reuest of Cosimo III de Medici himself The Grand Duke of Tuscany is interested in Zummo s skill as a sculptor in wax and offers him a special commission in reward for a generous stipend However Florence in the late 17th century is not an ideal place for a wax sculptor with a particular interest in the macabre people vanish in its dark suffocating alleys and anOffice of Public Decency has been established to enforce strict laws which prohibit even minor display of affection between Twos Company unmarried residents Everybody whispers rumors full of suspicions and everybody has a secretSecrets should not be a surprise in a n For those that don t know there s a museum in Florence called La Specola It s devoted to works in wax and withoutestion is the most macabre museum I ve ever visited This because many of the exhibits are graphic depictions of what disease does to the organs of the human body There are sculptures there by the protagonist of this novel Gaetano Zummo The author here invents a biography of this mysterious artist Secrecy deploys the basic tenet of romance fiction an idealised love affair threatened by an ogre The heroine of course has green eyes It s not a novel of character development like Wolf Hall the characters here are like chess pieces their power of movement fixed from the oft It s the good guys versus the bad with little nuance Zummo has a secret which has forced him to flee from his native Sicily When the Grand Duke Cosimo III sees his work he becomes his patron and commissions him to create a life size beautiful woman in wax Zummo meanwhile learns his young lover possesses a dangerous secret too He will code some of these secrets he possesses into his sculpture All the many secrets in this novel are of a sexual nature A puritanical spirit reigns in Florence personified by the sinister Dominican monk Stufa Women especially are locked His Convenient Highland Wedding up and tortured on hearsay of sexual impropriety The Jews are locked into the ghetto at night Stufa intent on bringing Zummo down but impeded by the Grand Duke s fondness for the artist turns his attention to the girl Zummo seems to inspire absolute emotions in those he meets the good characters love him the bad characters hate him This perhaps was the clumsiest aspect of the novel The psychology was a little rudimentary and lacked the persuasive subtlety of a Mantel The line the author draws between the good and the bad is a little too thick making it essentially an adventure story A very engaging adventure story however What I most loved about this was theality of the descriptive writing and
THE LOVE AND IMAGINATION WITH WHICH 
love and imagination with which author recreates a detailed map of 17th century Florence It also becomes a gripping page turner when the splendidly sinister Stufa begins closing in on his prey Not perhaps the most thought provoking of novels but hugely enjoyabl. At of the apothecary's daughter Faustina whose secret is even explosive than hisPoignant but paranoid sensual yet chilling Secrecy is a novel that buzzes with intrigue and ideas It is a love story a murder mystery a portrait of a famous city in an age of austerity an exercise in concealment and revelation but above all it is a trapdoor narrative one story dropping Secret Hideout (Cooper, unexpectedly into another the ground always slipperyncerta. ,


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    read Secrecy author Rupert Thomson Rupert Thomson à 7 read & download download Ì eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB à Rupert Thomson I so much wanted to like this book From the sumptuous cover with gold titling and a pregnant woman half hidden by drapes of crimson you are prepared for a feast by the wonderful designers at Granta The wrappings far outweigh the contentsLet me say Rupert Thomson is a good writer But good writing cannot disguise a messy meandering plot with characters who are unengaging glibly described and unmemorable There are lines in this book that I hi

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    read Secrecy author Rupert Thomson Rupert Thomson à 7 read & download download Ì eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB à Rupert Thomson This book confused me a lot I wanted to DNF it at least a few times but I kept going although I didn't see any point Also it was kind of disgusting Definitely not a book I'd recommend

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    read Secrecy author Rupert Thomson download Ì eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB à Rupert Thomson Rupert Thomson à 7 read & download BABTBBC BLURB Some see you as a master craftsman Others say you're a sorcerer You're mysterious obsessive ControversialZummo a 17th century sculptor makes things out of wax figures so lifelike they look as if they might move and breathe He has journeyed throughout Italy over the years in an attempt to flee his past Now in 1691 he has been summoned to the Medici court by the Grand Duke of Tuscany He arrives in Florence a city in w

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    Ebook [Secrecy author Rupert Thomson fantasy] ☆ Rupert Thomson Wonderful historical thriller set in 17th century Florence The novel drew me in by its fantastic sense of place and time and then I got engrossed by the plot and the characters A very satisfying read great for book clubs since there are a number of moral uestions to discuss

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    Ebook [Secrecy author Rupert Thomson fantasy] ☆ Rupert Thomson Rupert Thomson à 7 read & download This isn't Thomson's first foray into historical fiction see Air Fire but it was definitely a departure from his last novel Death of a Murderer As usual Thomson's ability to paint a vivid picture of the novel's setting is in full force Thomson's fascination with the macabre and the darker side of human psyche is

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