Tuesday, March 25, 2014
THE GLASSBLOWER OF MURANO by Marina Fiorato (fic)
Looking for a quick read while I was biding time in an airport, I picked up this book. An airport being full of distractions, I was able to read and remain aware of what was going on around me. For this book, which seemed interesting from its title, is a formula romance with bits of window dressing. You know the drill, impossibly gorgeous girl meets impossibly handsome Italian lad in romantic Venice, girl has rival for boy's affection, yadda, yadda. Along the way, you will learn a bit about glass blowing and its history in Murano that colorful island off Venice where all the glass blowers live. Mixed in with our heroine's story is that of her 17th century ancestor, Corridino who was accused of giving away to France the secret of making perfect mirrors. This was the more interesting story in the novel. The story, a pretty fairy-tale is entertaining enough for an airport read, though I would not recommend it as a serious novel.