The Sixteen Pleasures

The Sixteen Pleasures

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Margot Harrington, an American volunteer in Florence, is an expert at book conservancy. While struggling to save a waterlogged convent library, she comes across a fabulous volume of sixteen erotic drawings by Giulio Romano, accompanying sixteen steamy sonnets by Pietro Aretino. When first published over four centuries ago, the Vatican ordered all copies destroyed. This one--now unique--volume has survived.

The abbess prevails upon Margot to save the order's finances by selling the magnificently illustrated erotica discreetly--meaning without the bishop's knowledge.

Margot's other clandestine project is a middle-aged Italian who is boldly attempting radical measures to save endangered frescoes. She is 29 and available; he, older and married. He shares her sense of mission and soon her bed in this daring story of spiritual longing and earthly desire.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Soho
Copyright Date: ©1994
ISBN: 9781569478110
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor
Alternative Title: 16 pleasures.

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Jun 07, 2013

I enjoyed this book for some very personal reasons - I lived in Florence when I was growing up, specifically Fiesole. And in 1967 I returned to Florence for 3 months to study. So much of what is described was familiar to me and perhaps that is what made it such a great read. I did not want it to end - perhaps I will try another one by the same author. The narrative changes from first person to 3rd person and back again. It is well written and the descriptions of Italy for that time are right on.

Dec 01, 2010

Read this before you read The Italian Lover.

Sep 19, 2009

This story is about young woman who returns to Florence Italy, a place she visited in her youth with her late mother. She is an American librarian and book conservator coming to help restore precious artifacts damaged by the flood of 1966.

She soon discovers friendship, love, self-fulfillment and a new home, while ultimately achieving the greatest work of her career restoring a lost Renaiisance book of erotica.

For anyone who has visited Florence and even the uninitiated, every page brings a joyful reunion with historic sites and neighbourhoods that still retain the vigor and glow sparked by the creative fire of the Renaissance.

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