Saturday, May 13, 2017

THE SCRIBE OF SIENA by Melodie Winawer

THE SCRIBE OF SIENNA by Melodie Winawer
A 20th century neurosurgeon is transported to Siena, Italy, in 1346AD where she becomes a scribe and falls in love. That is the short story of this vastly absorbing and intriguing novel.
The characters are fully developed, especially Beatrice, Gabriele, Clara and Accorsi.  The plot is constantly offering a new twist even as the threat of the Bubonic Plague approaches. The flavor of medieval Italy is beguiling, however some of the more “indelicate” and primitive aspects of life are glossed over.  The patterns of daily life in and around a bustling market and monastery are clearly set forth.  The talents needed of a scribe in a society where most had little or no education are delineated.
I don’t think I would make Beatrice’s choices, but the book is a winner.

5 of 5 stars

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