- Audio CD: 8 pages
- Publisher: Sound Library; Unabridged edition (2 October 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0792795032
- ISBN-13: 978-0792795032
- Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 3.8 x 16.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 386 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
The Jewels of Paradise
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From a masterful writer, The Jewels of Paradise is a superb novel, a grip-ping tale of intrigue, music, history, and greed.-- "Atlantic Monthly Press"
The Jewels of Paradise is as much a tale about a young woman wising up and learning to fight more effectively for her own happiness as it is a mystery.-- "Washington Post"
Cassandra Campbell has a melodic voice and fine, fluid Italian, both important attributes for the narrator of Donna Leon's first stand-alone mystery. Campbell's pacing honors the novel's andante tempo...This is a literary departure for Donna Leon, which will please some, but not all, of her fans.-- "AudioFile"
Leon spread[s] her wings, and she writes persuasively about music.-- "Library Journal"
Fascinating...it boasts the same sensitivity to human behavior that distinguishes her Guido Brunetti series.-- "Booklist"
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I've myself just read some of the existing ''reviews'' on this book, and both agree and disagree with many of them.
I have read nearly all of the wonderful / sometimes loveable Brunetti Series, and.... in the sequence they were written, as I watch the interesting cast of characters grow and bond.
Many reviewers complained here, that the characters here, in The Jewels of Paradise, were not at all as well fleshed out. Impossible to do in one book, as compared to a series of 20 or so.
I had a quite tough time with the first 30 pages or so, finding it mortally pretentious, and with all the foreign names / facts, it will be difficult for many to keep with it.
I kept on, finally getting into the rhythm, and then becoming ''positively hooked'' into the overall back-story.
True, DL took liberties, like the so often complained of: Caterina not setting up a simple additional Gmail account. However, If she had done this simple thing, the over-all plot line of the story-- certainly ''would not have worked''. So yes, possibly this book was started /written many years ago, or it should have been ''noted'', to have taken place a bit further back in time.
I to am also very annoyed by DL's often used italics in comments in Italian.
As for this book '''there are those in several other languages''', with no glossary to aid the reader in what their meaning's are.
That alone would help to ''draw in the reader '', further into the plotline.. I'm not one to read with a device at my fingertips, so I can look up the meanings of a foreign language phases. Case in point, Caterina's last word in the book in ''Russian'' !!!
In total, I quite liked Caterina, as well as some of the other characters... But at the same time I found her a bit dense.
I soon became ''very involved'' in the story, finding parts of it quite ''gripping''. But in the end, was very disappointed by the sudden / abrupt ending.
True, the heroine had been mislead with how long her employment would last, and was trusting of one she later came to distrust. In the end, I just can't believe that Caterina, as a living, breathing, well educated woman, would have herself, ended the story as ''abruptly'' as Donna Leon did.
I felt cheated, thinking Caterina herself, would have shown more spunk and guts, prior to her exit / end of the story.
This is one I will not recommend to my friend, also a Donna Leon loving reader.
At the same time, I think Caterina has potential, overall, to be written of again. The thing is, the reviews would need to be much better, overall, for me to purchase/read it.
Given how this novel begins, my guess is that Leon wrote this one before starting the Brunetti series, and decided to pull it out of the drawer now because she could. The character development and the plotting do not show the skill we are accustomed to from the Brunetti series. Once it gets going, however, the plot moves along pretty well, and the ending -- about how human senses of value and the valuable have changed over time -- is compelling. And its always Venice. So, recommended, but with reservations.