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The Book of Madness and Cures: A Novel

O'Melveny, Regina

ISBN 10: 0316195839 / 0-316-19583-9
ISBN 13: 9780316195836
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: 2012
Binding: Hardcover
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Dr. Gabriella Mondini, a strong-willed, young Venetian woman, has followed her father in the path of medicine. She possesses a singleminded passion for the art of physick, even though, in 1590, the male-dominated establishment is reluctant to accept a woman doctor. So when her father disappears on a mysterious journey, Gabriella's own status in the Venetian medical society is threatened. Her father has left clues--beautiful, thoughtful, sometimes torrid, and often enigmatic letters from his travels as he researches his vast encyclopedia, The Book of Diseases.

After ten years of missing his kindness, insight, and guidance, Gabriella decides to set off on a quest to find him--a daunting journey that will take her through great university cities, centers of medicine, and remote villages across Europe. Despite setbacks, wary strangers, and the menaces of the road, the young doctor bravely follows the clues to her lost father, all while taking notes on maladies and treating the ill to supplement her own work.

Gorgeous and brilliantly written, and filled with details about science, medicine, food, and madness, THE BOOK OF MADNESS AND CURES is an unforgettable debut.

 

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Book Description: Little, Brown/BOMC. 1 Cloth(s), 2012. hard. Book Condition: New. Gabriella Mondini is a rarity in 16th-century Venice: a woman who practices medicine. Her father, a renowned physician, inspired her and provided her entrée to this all-male profession, while she helps him research his magnum opus, the encyclopedic Book of Diseases. But then her father mysteriously disappears, and without his patronage Gabriella is banished from the guild of physicians. If she is ever to work again, she will have to find her father—unearthing the clues in his enigmatic letters from fabled lands—and bring him back to Venice. And thus her adventure truly begins, in poet Regina O'Melveny's debut novel, filled with existential mysteries, medical lore, and vivid, sensuous details of Renaissance life."An elegant portrait of a resolute woman who practices medicine in 16th-century Venice. The writing is superb, particularly when the author describes exotic locales and ancient superstitions. The book will especially attract readers who enjoy female-centered historical novels whose plots are not driven by romance."—Library Journal"Poet O'Melveny's debut fiction is like a lyrical composite creature—part father/daughter epistolary novel, part aristocratic diary, part adventurer's travelogue, and part compendium of allegorical diseases. Readers will be delighted by O'Melveny's whimsical embellishments."—Publishers Weekly 321. Bookseller Inventory # 42218

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