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Cry to Heaven - Anne Rice
Cry to Heaven
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In this mesmerizing novel, the acclaimed author of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES and the LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES makes real for us the exquisite and otherworldly society of the eighteenth-century castrati, the delicate and alluring male sopranos whose graceful bodies and glorious voices brought... show more
In this mesmerizing novel, the acclaimed author of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES and the LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES makes real for us the exquisite and otherworldly society of the eighteenth-century castrati, the delicate and alluring male sopranos whose graceful bodies and glorious voices brought them the adulation of the royal courts and grand opera houses of Europe, men who lived as idols, concealing their pain as they were adored as angels, yet shunned as half-men.As we are drawn into their dark and luminous story, as the crowds of Venetians, Neopolitans, and Romans, noblemen and peasants, musicians, prelates, princes, saints, and intriguers swirl around them, Anne Rice brings us into the sweep of eighteenth-century Italian life, into the decadence beneath the shimmering surface of Venice, the wild frivolity of Naples, and the magnetic terror of its shadow, Vesuvius. It is a novel that only Anne Rice could have written, taking us into a heartbreaking and enchanting moment in history, a time of great ambition and great suffering--a tale that challenges our deepest images of the masculine and the feminine."To read Anne Rice is to become giddy as if spinning through the mind of time."--San Francisco Chronicle"Dazzling in its darkness...Spellbinding."--The New York Times
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780345396938 (0345396936)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Pages no: 566
Edition language: English
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Towers of Books Come Tumbling Down!
Towers of Books Come Tumbling Down! rated it
4.0 Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice
Rating: 4/5Summary: Marc Antonio “Tonio” Treschi, a son of a Councillor of Venice in the 18th century, leads a life of comfort while minding his tutors and taking care of his mother who seems to suffer from depression. However, as he grows up he uncovers family secrets that veer his destiny from fol...
The Way She Reads
The Way She Reads rated it
5.0
The blurb on the back of the book:“IN EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ITALY THE CASTRATI RECREATED HEAVEN ON EARTH.Their exquisite voices soured above the glittering world of courtiers and nobility. Those who achieved fame were showered with riches and sexual favours. But their success also had a terrible sadnes...
Morbid Obsession (Kynthos)
Morbid Obsession (Kynthos) rated it
5.0
This is my personal all-time-favorite book by my favorite author, Anne Rice. I find this book to be most intriguing and unique. It's truly a one-of-a-kind well researched and well written book. Where else could one find a fictional story based upon the 'Castrati' in such dark and sensual form?It was...
Second Bookses
Second Bookses rated it
5.0
Interspersed with the well-known Vampire Chronicles and Mayfair Witches stories, Anne Rice wrote some stand-alone novels, the best of which, in my opinion is Cry to Heaven, published in 1982.::: The Castrati :::During the Baroque period, when the Catholic Church forbade women from performing, the st...
Sterek
Sterek rated it
What the fuck just happened??What the.. I'm at a loss for words here.. I have absolutly no idea how to review this book.. So I'm just going to say whatever just pops up..I kinda want to say it was the worst book I've ever read..And then I kinda want to give it 3 stars... Wait.. What the??This book i...
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