The Glassblower of Murano

The Glassblower of Murano

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Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new oneas a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2009, c2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312386986
Branch Call Number: FIORATO
Characteristics: 348 pages ; 22 cm.


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Jan 28, 2017

A poorly edited Harlequin romance.

Aug 14, 2013

A back-and-forth book of time and people from seventeenth century Venice to today. I appreciated the history and the context, but found the characters predictable.

Apr 15, 2013

There are two storylines - one in present day where you follow Nora and one in seventeenth century where you follow Corradino. Both are trying to survive their personal challenges but both have a flair for glassblowing as their passion. But will history repeat itself, find out to see what happens with Nora and Corradino. (the story/characters a lacking in development which is sad, as it has some great bones to chew on).

librarylil Nov 19, 2012

I liked this story line and content better than the first one.

Geegee235 May 22, 2012

This is really just a dressed up Harlequin romance. It was an unbelievable weak plot.

Mar 24, 2010

I really enjoyed this book & read it while travelling to Las Vegas and staying in the Venetian hotel. The combination of the two has made me want to travel to Venice immediately!!

VeganGreen Sep 09, 2009

A nice mix of history, travelogue, romance, and mystery told from the perspective of two different people in two different time periods. The author does a great job of bringing Venice to life.

DanniOcean Jul 06, 2009

Take a dash of Under the Tuscan Sun, throw in a smidgen of Jane Johnson’s Crossed Bones, add a tiny drop of Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, and then just the tiniest hint of The Da Vinci Code, and you get a novel like The Glassblower of Murano.


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DanniOcean Jul 06, 2009

During the Renaissance Corradino Manin became a glass artisan by complete accident. Hiding on the island of Murano after his family was betrayed by one of their own, the young Corradino survived by learning the craft of the Murano glassblowers. So well did he learn the craft that he becomes the best, most renowned, most sought-after maestro of glass in the known world. It is precisely because of his fame that his fate is sealed when he finds he has a daughter, Leonora, the product of an affair with a noblewoman. Forever separated from her by class but hoping to build a life for them together, he commits an act of treason – but before doing so gives her a perfectly shaped glass heart. Now in the present day, Nora leaves behind her life in England to take up residence in Venice, Italy, the home of her ancestors and the father she never knew. All she takes with her is the tiny glass heart that her father passed down to her, a heart forged and shaped by her Renaissance ancestor Corradino Manin. Nora changes her name back to the Italian Leonora, and tries to find peace in the ancient, decaying city, forever known for its beauty and treachery. When she is hired by a glass foundry on the very street named for Corradino, the past and present begins to converge, taking Leonora in directions she never imagined. Two stories forming one, both sad and beautifully hopeful, and both stirring up vibrant images of a city always enchanting and ensnaring – that’s the recipe for a fine novel.


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DanniOcean Jul 06, 2009

Coarse Language: mild use of the f-word in the latter half of the book


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