The Blind Contessa's New Machine
An enchantingly imagined romance inspired by the true story of the typewriter's invention. Carolina Fantoni, a young contessa in nineteenth-century Italy, is going blind. Neither her parents nor her fiancé believe her. Only her friend Turri, an eccentric local inventor, understands. As darkness... show more
An enchantingly imagined romance inspired by the true story of the typewriter's invention. Carolina Fantoni, a young contessa in nineteenth-century Italy, is going blind. Neither her parents nor her fiancé believe her. Only her friend Turri, an eccentric local inventor, understands. As darkness erases Carolina's world, she discovers one place where she can still see-in her dreams-yet she remains isolated from the outside world. Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri creates a peculiar contraption for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will mark both their lives forever.
Publish date: June 28th 2011
Pages no: 224
Edition language: English
, Book Club
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Fairy Tales
, Womens Fiction
, Chick Lit
I loved THE BLIND CONTESSA'S NEW MACHINE when I first read it. I even re-read it and was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it the second time around. http://tinyurl.com/l48e4bu It's a lovely, lovely story of love, loss, and listening. Read it and weep. (But in a good way.)
A good friend on LT reminded me of this wonderful little book that I loved reading a few years ago...a first novel, a small moment in history that shows the true meaning of love is, and always was, rising to meet the rough patches and working to make them smooth again. http://tinyurl.com/l48e4bu ...
A privileged childhood, a wonderful friend, a doting father, her own cottage by the lake...what more could a girl ask for......Carolina's life was like a fairy tale come true. All was perfect until she knew something was wrong with her eyesight...no one believed her, but she knew she was going blind...
Beautiful detailed descriptions of everything from the colors of a lake in springtime to the lace on a Contessa's dress fill this lovely small book. It is based on the true story of the blind woman who inspired the invention of the typewriter. Interestingly enough, some of the most elaborate "descri...
This brief, but charming tale is based on the creation of the first typewriter, built by Pellegrino Turri, in 1808, for his blind friend, the Countess Carolina Fantoni da Fivizzono. The book begins with Carolina, the resourceful Contessa, as a young, perhaps willful, very independent young child who...