...... Inner front cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): The ring lay on the back corner of one of the swordmaker's shelves.
MEMORABLE MOMENT(Page 208): Her mind craved puzzle and challenge like a man craved a woman's kiss. Portia would torture her mind and rack her brain to bend the world to her desire, and find pleasure in the struggle.
KEEP IT OR NOT?: My mam would like to read this. I have no intention of rereading it let alone keeping it.
A difficult novel to review as if I'm totally honest I don't know quite what to make of it myself. Obviously well researched and well written, I'm not too sure that I liked the authors style though. Hmm, though written using modern language it still seemed a bit of an old fashioned read, somehow (and yet somehow not) written in a kind of Shakespearean way that I found, if not exactly difficult to read, than strange.
Slightly Shakespearean in tone eh? Well, I was warned as as Joel Gross (author of The Books Of Rachel) stated on the front cover The Turquoise Ring was .......
A passionate and evocative reinterpretation of Shakespeare's The Merchant Of Venice.
Not something I could possibly comment on never having seen a theatre production of The Merchant Of Venice let alone read the play.
Anyway, concentrating mainly on the stories of five very different woman all of whose lives are connected in one way or another made extremely interesting reading - very nearly, but not quite, as fascinating as reading about the Jewish communities living in Spain and Venice during the 1500's.
And now, if I may, one final thought.
Generally speaking I'm one of those readers who enjoys a good, well written character almost to the extent that they are more important to me than a good plot BUT, on thinking about it, this may be, just may be, one of the things that just didn't do it for me in this book as re-reading this review, it occurs to me that the author perhaps went for over-kill on character development to the cost of any real, meaningful plot.
Ex-library stock, the 86th book read for my 100+ Reading Challenge.