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Marietta

F. Marion Crawford

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . all through her, that was weakness and yet might turn to strength, a hunger of longing for something dear and unknown and divine, without which all else was an empty shadow. Then her eyes opened to him, as he had never seen them, blue as the depth of sapphires and dewy with love mists of youth's early spring; it was impossible that he should stand there, just beyond the narrow water, and not feel that she saw him and loved him, and that her heart was crying out the true words he never hoped to hear.

But he did not know. And all at once his eyes fell, and she could almost see that he sighed as he turned wearily away and walked with bent head towards the wooden bridge. She would have given anything to look out and see him cross and come nearer, but she remembered that she was not yet dressed, and she blushed as she drew further back into the room, gathering the thin white linen up to her throat, and frightened at the mere thought that he should catch sight of her.. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I read this while in Venice and hence enjoyed it very much. Though the story was perhaps improbable, I was pulled in by the characters and mostly by the culture in which they lived, about 1500. I enjoyed learning of the social mores of Venice at that time, the political system, etc. Think we shou...more

Fabulous!! This is one of my favorites, now! Brilliant, intelligent writing that kept me turning the pages quickly. So glad I found this book!

In 1470 Venice, the glassmakers of Murano enjoy a privileged position. Their social status permits them to intermarry with the nobility, and it's forbidden to teach their trade to foreigners, which ensures that the secrets of fine glassmaking never leave the lagoon. These two privileges benefit t...more

I discovered F. Marion Crawford through my acquaintance with the group of artistic literati who surrounded Isabella Stewart Gardener. Crawford was quite the popular novelist in the early 20th century. He had a reputation for stories of horror and romance set in historic, exotic locales. Marietta...more

A quite surprising type of a book. There is in one package: a historical fiction, a sweet romance, a fairy-tale and a moral and philosophical guide.

When I have begun reading I was feeling like I was in some fairy-tale world. There is no magic, there is this kind of writing, of storytelling that...more

I believe I have found my favorite book. :)

Zorzi Ballarin is a Dalmatian and therefore cannot be an Assistant Glassblower to the Master artist Angelo Beroviero, only a fire stoker. But despite the laws of Venice stating otherwise, Zorzi learns the trade of glassblowing and becomes a master artis...more

The year 1470 was a tough year to be a glassblower if you were not Venetian by birth. Not only was it illegal, you could be tried by torture into confessing and imprisoned or killed.

So when Zorzi the Dalmatian was taken in as servant to famous glass blower Angelo Beroviero, much effort was...more

I recalled reading a portion of this for a class in college and being surprised by how engaging it seemed for a now-obscure Victorian romantic novel. I read it in full just recently and my opinion still stands. While it is very much a product of its time and audience, it is thoroughly enjoyable i...more

I recalled reading a portion of this for a class in college and being surprised by how engaging it seemed for a now-obscure Victorian romantic novel. I read it in full just recently and my opinion still stands. While it is very much a product of its time and audience, it is thoroughly enjoyable i...more