Book Review of The Birth of Venus

The Birth of Venus
The Birth of Venus
Author: Sarah Dunant
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1


I just read this book for book club. It was a good read although slow at times. I did really love Alessandra and her slave, Erila as well. Also found the 2 men in her life, her husband and the painter very sympathetic. Despite their sins, faults and quirks, they were likable characters. I agree with the reviewer who said it was interesting to get a view of women's roles from that time period. One reviewer wrote that she put the book down because it was set in a convent. That was only at the very beginning and the last few chapters. The bulk of the book does not take place in a convent. The story takes place during the Renaissance, a time I am not very familiar with. I think if I was better versed in the art and politics of the era, I might have had a greater appreciation of the story although it is still an enjoyable read even if you are not. I will say that I am very glad that I did not live in those days but it is fun to get a peek at them and experience them vicariously. Guess that's why I love to read!