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by Leslie Forbes

eBook Waking Raphael download ISBN: 0753817365
Author: Leslie Forbes
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Waking Raphael confirms Leslie Forbes as a true thriller-reader's thriller writer, says Helen Falconer

Waking Raphael confirms Leslie Forbes as a true thriller-reader's thriller writer, says Helen Falconer. Leslie Forbes writes thrillers, so rediscovering the truth about old masters is never going to be the only story here - or is it? Because the real old masters are still about town, pressing the flesh, pulling strings and guarding their secrets with urbane violence. These unrepentant fascists corrupt the heart of modern Italy; but there is an unusual witness to their wartime deeds: an ageing woman who as a girl saw a crime so unspeakable she has stayed wordless ever since.

La Muta, the mute woman. La Muta, "the mute woman. Amidst a country rocked by scandal and corruption, inhabitants of the idyllic city of Urbino, Italy, birthplace of Raphael, are more concerned with a sudden outbreak of miracles than with politics. But what unspeakable secret lies hidden in Raphael's enigmatic painting?

Leslie Forbes is the author of four award-winning travel books and the internationally bestselling novels Bombay Ice, a Sunday Times bestseller, and Fish, Blood, & Bone, which was nominated for the Orange prize.

leslie forbes rocked my world with "bombay ice", so i followed with this completely different novel set in modern italy, but delves into deep history and also aftermath of fascism. leslie forbes rocked my world with "bombay ice", so i followed with this completely different novel set in modern italy, but delves into deep history and also aftermath of fascism. about art, slow food, love, sex, guilt. Been busy building an opac, so just making placeholders for books I’ve read in march and april 2014.

The restoration of a famed Raphael canvas reveals matters far more scandalous than hidden brushstrokes in Forbes's magical Italian idyll. The restoration of a famed Raphael canvas reveals matters far more scandalous than hidden brushstrokes in Forbes’s magical Italian idyll. British art expert Charlotte Penton has come to Urbino to supervise the restoration of La Muta, one of the few portraits to remain in Raphael’s hometown.

Leslie Forbes is the author of four award-winning travel books and the internationally bestselling novels Bombay Ice, a Sunday Times . People Who Read Waking Raphael Also Read. Inspired by Your Browsing History.

Leslie Forbes is the author of four award-winning travel books and the internationally bestselling novels Bombay Ice, a Sunday Times bestseller, and Fish, Blood & Bone, which was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Leslie Forbes is the author of four award-winning travel books and the internationally bestselling novels Bombay Ice, a Sunday Times bestseller, and Fish, Blood & Bone, which was nominated for the Orange Prize for Fiction.

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Forbes uses the conventions of the romance and the thriller, transforming and discarding them at will, to illuminate the mysterious connections between past and present and bring a pair of ardent and uncommonly appealing heroines to life. Booklist - Misha Stone.

ISBN 10: 0553383418 ISBN 13: 9780553383416. Publisher: Bantam Books, 2005.

Comments: (7)
Kemath
Intriguing portrait of Italy, its history and culture, wonderful in-depth study of three women--the 45 year old art restorer (British), the 90- year old mute who lives underground and is employed as part of the cleaning staff of the palace of Urbino and the beautiful Canadian college student Madonna who decides to learn about Italian art and language in order to further her TV career
MisTereO
This book is set in Urbino, Italy and involves the restoration of a painting by Raphael called La Muta. The plot is extremely complicated and there are many characters. The principal character is the English art restorer, Charlotte Penton, recently divorced and feeling very mousy and unsure of herself. Other characters are a beefy ex-communist butcher, an Italian count with strange sexual predelictions and a secret to hide, a Canadian girl who is literally trying to "screw" her way up the career ladder, etc. etc.

This is not an easy book to read. The book is "told" in a series of "miracles." Like looking at camera flashes. There is very little continuity in the plot and you have to focus on the flashes, like following the dots, to figure out what's going on in general. One miracle or camera flash will be three old men talking in a cafe, while the next one will be of the restorer looking out her window. A very awkward presentation. Many times the speaker is not identified, so you have to guess by the accent or placement of the scene who it is.

I think to really appreciate this book you have to have some knowledge of art restoration, Italy, Christian symbolism and even the Catholic church. A knowledge of current Italian politics helps too. For example, the name of the destroyed town, a central focus of the books, is San Rocco. It helps to know in advance that San Rocco is "Saint Roche" and that Saint Roche was the patron saint of veterinarians, an animal lover who was kept alive by a wolf/dog who brought him bread. One of the central "characters" in the book is a mysterious wolf, who is protecting a modern day St. Roche, a mute woman. Knowing this factoid and others sprinkled through the book in advance helps.

The depictions of the countryside, the architecture, the speech and characteristics of the Italian inhabitants of this medieval city and their interrelationships are spot on. The food descriptions are too die for. I have never been to Urbino but would love to go.

I did not fully appreciate this book until I read it a second time. I recommend the book but warn that it is not easy going. This isn't a "beach book" or easy read but for me it was worth it.
ZloyGenii
Middle age art restorer Charlotte Penton travels to Urbino, Italy to work on a fabulous project, restoring a faded Raphael painting, La Muta, The Silent Woman. The renovation assignment is difficult as Charlotte must first peel away the previous "repairs" to get to the basic masterpiece. Then she applies skill, experience and guesswork to mend the painting.
Following Charlotte to Urbino is youthful Canadian media star Donna Ricco, who is the pretty girl frontal visage for an arts restoration program. Donna quickly finds the tedious meticulous work boring, but knows she must bear it if she is to get ahead in her career. When a mute woman defames the masterpiece, the two visitors see it differently. Charlotte is appalled but wants to learn why while a gleeful Donna sees a terrific story. As the two North Americans combine resources to learn the truth, they will open up secrets from the war and much more about grandmasters that the town's elderly want left hidden.
This engaging tale hooks the reader from the moment that the mute woman desecrates La Muta because the mystery within a mystery is embedded in an incredible background tidal wave of art, history, legends with a hint of the paranormal, local politics, and religion. The lead duo is dynamic opposites except both have energy that will make a marathon runner feel like a couch potato. Fans of crime thrillers with an edge will want to read WAKING RAPHAEL and obtain Leslie Forbes' previous tales, BOMBAY ICE and FISH, BLOOD AND BONE as this reviewer plans to do.
Harriet Klausner
Windbearer
WAKING RAPHAEL is another worthy addition to the growing genre of history and art history thrillers populating bookshelves these days.

Charlotte, a repressed divorced Brit, has traveled to Urbino, Italy --- the birthplace of artist Raphael --- to restore "La Muta," one of his paintings. While removing previous repairs to the painting, layers of Urbino's history during the war unfold as well. Like the painting of the silent woman, the town's inhabitants and the novel's characters each have their own unique reasons for silence. The silence is, as they say, deafening. With a town's horrible secrets at risk here, the folks of Urbino will stop at nothing to ensure that their age-old mystery remains undiscovered. But this is not to be.

A documentary company is shooting a film about the restoration. The on-camera talent is Donna, a dimwitted but attractive reporter, who cannot read even the simplest of text, but clearly has a sharp eye that something here is amiss. Charlotte and Donna begin to realize that the town holds a dark truth below its surface when the painting is attacked by a mute woman.

There is some heavy metaphor about silence and breaking silence here. Charlotte is incapable of expressing her feelings. The true mute who lives in San Rocco on the periphery of the town says nothing. Donna speaks volumes, about nothing. The count lives a secret life of adultery, hidden from all involved. Each silence and awakening propels the story onward.

With a narrative that was sometimes difficult to follow, WAKING RAPHAEL is redeemed by lush descriptions of Italy, the countryside and the people. The scenes involving food contain sumptuous writing where the reader can taste the tenderness of the prosciutto, the smoothness of the ice cream and gelato, and the delicate cheeses. Magic, religion, art and history weave together to make a compelling story.

--- Reviewed by Roberta O'Hara