Monday, January 16, 2012

Mailbox Monday 01.16.12



Hosted this month by At Home With Books.

Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house last week (checked out library books don’t count, eBooks & audio books do). Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.


Set in Sicily in the early eighteenth century, The Silent Duchess is the story of Marianna Ucrìa, the daughter of an aristocratic family and the victim of a mysterious childhood trauma that has left her deaf and mute, trapped in a world of silence. Set apart from the world by her disability, Marianna searches for knowledge and fulfillment in a society where women face either forced marriages and endless childbearing or a life of renunciation within the walls of a convent. When she is just thirteen years old, Marianna is forced to marry her own aging uncle. Her status and wealth as a duchess cannot protect her from many of the horrors of that time: she witnesses her mother’s decline due to her addiction to opium and snuff and her father’s cruelly misguided religious piety as he participates in the hanging of a young boy. She watches helplessly as her four-year-old son dies of smallpox and her youngest daughter is married off at the age of twelve. It is not until the death of her “uncle-husband” that Marianna at last gains freedom from her life of subservience: she learns to manage her estates and to love a man as she had never loved her husband, and she also learns of the unspeakable events that led to her lifelong silence. In luminous language that conveys both the keen visual sight and the deep human insight possessed by her remarkable main character, Dacia Maraini captures the splendor and the corruption of Marianna’s world and the strength of her spirit. The Silent Duchess is the timeless story of one woman’s struggle to find her own voice after years of silence.

Bought.


7 comments:

MoniqueReads said...

That sounds fantastic. I am going to bookmark this for future reference. Can't wait to read your review. I hope it truly is as good as the description.

Here what came in my mailbox

Kaye said...

Yow! That sounds really intriguing.
Have a good week, Christy, and happy reading!

bermudaonion said...

Oh, I bet my mother would love that book. I hope you enjoy it!

Mary (Bookfan) said...

I hope you enjoy it!

Tribute Books Mama said...

This book sounds captivating,enjoy!

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Alyce said...

That's one I'd have to be in the right mood for. It looks like it has a lot of good drama, but then again a lot of bad things happening to her. I hope it's a fantastic read for you!

DCMetroreader said...

This one sounds interesting. Enjoy!