The Botticelli Secret : Book review

History of Rome, Italy has always been a colorful one. The art and culture is as unique and rich as a person’s mind and thoughts.  Nothing in the world can match it. The mystery and fascination that it holds can’t fit in this post, the vastness shouldn’t be underestimated. But if you are a fan of the world’s one of the richest cultures, along with thrill, adventure and excitement that keeps your nerves jumping all the time, then you must read..I repeat, must read The Botticelli Secret.

Plot : The Botticelli Secret is a historical fiction/thriller novel written by Marina Fiorato. The basis of the novel and the mystery is Botticelli’s famous painting Primavera. Luciana Vetra is a girl who lives day by day. She becomes a prostitute at a young age of 16 and her clients come from the effluent class of Florence. When given the opportunity to model for one of the famous painters of the city, Luciana is thrilled at the idea of her beauty being admired by all and the prospect of a chance for something greater in life.

Unfortunately, the painting session is not as exciting as Luciana imagined; a startling situation takes place and she is cast out with her only payment being confusion and shock. Angered at modeling all day and receiving no proper payment, Luciana steals the painting she modeled for. But as soon as she feels that the revenge would do well to the painter, she comes face to face with some deadly consequences of her act.

To save her life and seek sanctuary, she goes to the one person who remains unaffected by her famous chi chi touch, Brother Guido. Amid the political intrigues, Luciana vows to unveil the secret of the painting. Along with Guido, she flees and travels across nine cities of Renaissance Italy, being followed every step of the way by people who are trying to kill them. But she can’t stop, for she has to stop the destruction, that is..

Well, to know the full story you’ll have to read the book. The plot is complex and fast paced. It was much fun to read the book. Marina writes well, no doubt. This was my first book penned by her. She doesn’t let you put it down even for a while. Luciana’s character fits her profession neatly. The book is a bit stretched at some points but it never lets you unhook from itself. Just when you feel that it’s becoming too heavy to go on, some astonishing detail pops up. The small pieces that make up the whole painting were really fascinating.  Never imagined that a painting can hold so many vital clues to something that is just unthinkable in normal terms. The write up is not for romance lovers as it is heavy on mystery part and light on the romance. The climax is awesome. I simply loved it.

I feel happy when a book keeps me glued to it till the end. It does justice to everyone. This was one such book. An enjoyable and exciting read. To be honest, my nights have been totally occupied with unraveling The Botticelli Secret! I am looking forward to other books from Marina. I would give 4.9 marks out of 5 to this book and that should convey my message that I would really like you guys to read this book. 

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Sandro Botticelli

He was an Italian painter of the Early Renaissance ((c. 1445 – May 17, 1510)). Among his best known works are The Birth of Venus and Primavera. Both paintings have been widely written about and analyzed. He was born in Florence Italy and became an apprentice at the early age of fourteen, not much is known about his life but it is speculated that he was one of the most educated painters of the Renaissance era. It was only after his death, some one hundred years later that Botticelli became one of the most written about and revered painters of the Renaissance.

Sources : Capretti, Elena (1 January 2002). Botticelli Giunti Editore Firenze Italy.

Alrighty folks. Take care till we meet next!

Its time to belong..

-Gauri?

*Hmm?

-So, why are you still not talking to me? All I see is, you spending n amount of time with Sayali and others.

*umm.. so you are waiting for me to take the initiative & talk to you as if nothing happened?

-I thought the issue was over.

*Oh..I dint realize that.. if you could please remind me the moment..

-the face book comments, made me believe that we were ok with each other.

*I don’t know..well..never thought this way.

-look, m trying to get even when it comes to us.. I know some things can’t change, but I feel you just change your path when you see me approaching.. be it verbal or physical. May I know what’s going on in your mind?  These last few days, I’ve seen you all smiling and happy with everyone but me. When it comes to me, you go still..non responsive..

*I feel better this way..I don’t feel bad this way..all I am trying to do is manage things on my own..so that I am able to avoid my own feelings about us. I obviously would have to make efforts for accepting something/someone who is mine, but only legally and not in any other way. I don’t want to bother you with me. M ok. I really am.

-But I am not so ok about this.

*Why?

-I don’t know. May be cz m trying and m not getting any response.

*Sulk for a few days and you’ll know how to manage. That’s what I did. Trust me, we really can manage after sulking and fretting about an issue for a few days.

-I feel alone. I want to belong.

*Wrong. You are not alone, you have her with you, always. Don’t you? You already belong to her, then why do you want to belong? I don’t have anyone to cling on to. I don’t have anyone to look up to when I need them. I don’t have anyone who looks after me the way she looks after you even when she is not here. I sometimes wonder what she feels about you. Pity for you being left alone?  Anger for remarrying? Happy about you being remarried?  Mixed emotions? Wants you to be with her?

*I had to give up what I wanted, not you. I was forced to find my happiness elsewhere. You already have her to share everything. Don’t you? You wanted your daughter to be happy, I am here to make that sure. You also wanted yourself to be carefree, and you made sure that you don’t let her go, from your memories, from your heart, from your soul, from your mind, from your whole being! Why do you feel alone? Why do you feel the need to belong? if you can’t let go of your past, of the people who are no more alive, you can’t belong to the present..you cant belong to me..or Sayali for that matter!!

Saying this, she went away. Vinay was left alone standing at the bedpost, staring at the wind chime that was making tinkling noise, trying to break the silence that filled his heart .

Gauri was right. He couldn’t belong to her if he could not let Aisha go. Aisha was his past, and was not going to come.. ever. Gauri was his present and she was the one who could make him happy and his life worth living..forever.

Hours ticked along.

With the first rays of sun that fell on his eyes and filled his heart with a warmth that was long lost, Vinay decided that he had sulked all that he wanted to..that it was time to move on now..to find his happiness in his present. He wont feed on the memories all his life. He wont push Gauri away from him. She had lost herself in his world just to make him happy..to give him what he wanted. The least he could do was to belong..to her.

With renewed peace in his mind and shine in his eyes, Smiles took over! 

PS : This was a conversation that I had going in my head. Vinay and Gauri have always been my companions. Since long. I talk to them for hours..usually at night. Its always them, if its not books. I know that expecting a meeting with imaginary people in my head is almost impossible, but I still would like to meet them someday. This is the first time I’ve have penned down the rare arguments that they have with each other. I just hope you find them as interesting as I do.

Alright. Gotta go. Its Saturday.. err… Not that I have a rocking social life or something, its just some silly chores that are to be looked after. You guys take care and have a nice weekend!