Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: Book by Kingsland, Rosemary
From Publishers Weekly:
This book has everything, from a ducal palazzo on the fabled Monte Paradiso near Pisa to art forgers, a South African dentist turned diamond smuggler, a half-mad pyromaniac and a barefoot Italian bastard who amasses lire with the speed and regularity of a printing machine. It could also without difficulty become a cookbook, since Kingsland interpolates mouth-watering recipes from Italian cucina classica. A vinous twist is added by the diamond smuggler, who introduces a visiting American to the great Italian wines and the mystery of the grape harvest. The numerous subplots defy recounting, but the chief actors are Osvaldo the bastard, who deviously manages to buy the palace when the duke and duchess leave for New York; Hanna, the duke's older daughter, beloved of Osvaldo, who courts and finally wins her; and Claudia, the younger daughter, a once-yearly nymphomaniac roused to sexual action by the annual visits of her ex-husband. The author lyrically describes the local landscape; she pokes subtle fun at the foibles of both the gentry and the peasants, and takes great delight in her complicated yarn. But there are too many extraneous Italian phrases and a lot of crude language, which sits uneasily on noble tongues. All in all, though, the book has enough surprises to keep the reader turning the pages.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Publisher: Viking Adult
Publication Date: 1987
Book Condition: Fair
Edition: 1st Edition Stated.
Book Description Viking Adult, 1987. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition Stated. Ships from Reno, NV. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96211853
Book Description Penguin Publishing Group. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Only lightly used. Book has minimal wear to cover and binding. A few pages may have small creases and minimal underlining. Bookseller Inventory # G0670813931I3N00
Book Description Viking Press, New York, 1987. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Cover Art (illustrator). 1st. The hard cover and the jacket has very light shelf wear.The book may have minor flaws that have went unnoticed.The book may have minor flaws that have went unnoticed. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Bookseller Inventory # No 01452
Book Description Viking, New York, NY, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good ; First Edtion; Later Printing. Very Good in Very Good dust jacket; 8vo - 8" to 9" tall; 346 pages; Remainder mark. Binding with little notable wear. Text clean, tight. DJ with just a hint of wear. Mylar Cover. . Bookseller Inventory # 2944
Book Description Viking, NY, 1987. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+. First Edition. Sml 8vo. Rem. mark on bot. end pages close to spn, else NF/VG+ in clear dust jacket cvr. Bookseller Inventory # 07238
Book Description Viking, NY, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Sml 8vo. Rem. mark to bot. end pages, else NF/NF in clear dust jacket cvr. Bookseller Inventory # 00977
Book Description Viking, New York, 1987. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 58800
Book Description Viking Adult, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0670813931
Book Description Viking Adult, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition Stated. Ships from the UK. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP96664550
Book Description The Viking Press, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1987. Hard Cover. Book Condition: As New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Slightly smaller book, white cloth spine, cream boards, bright pink lettering very fine on spine, 346 lightly browned pages. DJ has cartoonish colorful illustration of characters and mansion on front, spine and back maroon, praise on back for "After The Ball was Over" from Kirkus, Los Angeles Times and others. DJ and book, both As New. Bookseller Inventory # 24127