The Glassblower of Murano By Marina Fiorato

October 30, 2008 at 10:55 am | Posted in Books, Fiction, Mosgiel, Reviews, Suggestions | Leave a comment

I love when people recommend me a book they have enjoyed. I like nothing better than talking books – that’s why I love the library.

This book is in two parts – Venice in 1861 and modern day Venice.

It tells of the appalling conditions the glassblowers are kept in, but their dedication to creating amazing creations and how they are guarded. It follows the life of Corradino and the Council of Ten as they murder and manipulate to keep control of the glass blown.

In modern day Venice, Nora, a descendant of Corradino, apprentices as a glassblower. As they both find love and become embroiled in the dangers of foundries and the lengths people will go to secure the glass, Corradino’s life comes to be exposed.

Venice captures the reader with the beautiful imagery. It is a novel of love, dedication, betrayal and although not always an easy read, it is well worth the effort.

Reviewed by Fiona
Mosgiel Librarian

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