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In Italian Fever, Valerie Martin evokes a modern woman's headlong tumble into a world where . Forster's angels feared to tread.

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ACCLAIM FOR VALERIE MARTIN’S Italian Fever Martin captures what it’s like to be an American woman in Italy. Forget those myths of romance and mystery.

In Italian Fever, Valerie Martin redefines the Gothic novel in a compelling tale of one woman's headlong tumble into a mystery, art, and eros. Part romance, part gothic suspense story and wholly entertaining, Italian Fever is the story of the awakening of Lucy Stark, an American pragmatist. Lucy leads a quiet, solitary life working for a best-selling (but remarkably untalented) writer. When he dies at his villa in Tuscany, Lucy flies to Tuscany to settle his affairs. What begins as a grim chore soon threatens Stark's Emersonian self-reliance-and her very sense of what is real.

In Italian Fever, Valerie Martin evokes a modern woman's headlong tumble into a world where . As for the characters; an insipid woman stumbling between cardboard cut outs. Frankly, I couldn't give a damn. Rather unfortunate that Valerie Martin ridicules a bestselling author, albeit a fictional one, as she fails to provide any evidence that she has mastered the craft.

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Italian Fever is 1999 novel by Valerie Martin

Italian Fever is 1999 novel by Valerie Martin. Part romance and part mystery, it tells the story of New Yorker Lucy Stark, who travels to Tuscany to wind up the affairs of her late boss – a writer named DV, who has died after falling down a well while staying at a remote villa. Lucy's job begins as a grim task, but a series of events and revelations during her stay in Italy start to provide her with an insight into DV, and ultimately help her to gain a greater understanding of herself.

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Italian Fever – Ebook written by Valerie Martin. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read Italian Fever. Valerie Martin is one of America's finest contemporary novelists, best known for her Orange Prize-winning PROPERTY and also the acclaimed MARY REILLY, which was filmed by Stephen Frears. Her most recent novel, her tenth, is THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE.

Italian Fever is a strange soufflé-half mystery and half squib on American innocence and European experience

charmingly old-fashioned. - Los Angeles Times In Italian Fever, Valerie Martin redefines the Gothic novel in a compelling tale of one woman's headlong tumble into a mystery, art, and eros.

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It was an average book as far as writing and interest in the story goes. I thought the main character a bit soppy really and the scenes like those when she is unwell and rushes out into the rain, overwritten. They just go on and on.
I found this novel at the back of the shelf where it had been gathering dust for a decade; I dusted it off, sat down to read, and actually enjoyed it. "Italian Fever" certainly held my interest, even though, as other critics have mentioned, the book went off in surprising tangents, from mystery, to Italian gothic, to romance, adventure (with a bit of art history), to ghost story. I rather liked the central character, Lucy, who displayed a sense of humour, even though I thought she had rotten taste in men. I nevertheless enjoyed vicariously tooting around the Tuscan countryside for a few hours, and looking into the windows of the galleries on the Via Margutta in Rome. I really didn't mind the author's changes in narrative direction; they kept me reading.

The author's scattering of Italian phrases throughout put me in the mood for the story, and as for Lucy's bewilderment and poor choices, I know what a culture shock Italy, with its chaotic magnificence, can be for someone who doesn't speak the language (My daughter was in a perpetual state of stunned consternation on her first visit: "Why is our taxi making a right turn, across traffic, from the center lane?" "What do you mean they've called a transportation strike for tomorrow?" "Mother, this Venetian hotel room is unacceptable!"). The only quibble I had with the book--besides Lucy's passion for Massimo--a not-fully-evolved Neanderthal, if there ever was one--was the author's apparent unfamiliarity with the strict order of Italian menus, whether in elegant villas or in intimate Roman trattorias. The characters kept passing around huge bowls of food, which kept piling up on their plates all higgledy-piggledy, with no indication of the accepted regimented order of dishes: antipasto, primo piatto, secondo piatto, contorno, dolce, frutta e formaggio (actually, in a restaurant, you can get away with ordering just the primo piatto--usually a pasta or risotto--and a contorno--a vegetable or salad, if you want to leave the place with a few Euros in your pocket, but the dishes still arrive in order).

But hey! This is a book review, not a travel advice column. If you want to take a quick trip of the imagination to Tuscany and Rome, and you're not too picky about such details, by all means check the book out of your library (where I'm taking mine for donation). It was both a pleasant surprise and an enjoyable read. But then, I was in the mood to go to Italy. I find that I often am. A telling symptom of 'Italian fever'!

Buon Viaggio!!!
I enjoyed the settings and the art. However, I'm still confused about the plot. For example, the book begins with a mystery which is really captivating, but it is never solved. It's as if the author forgot about it. The main character has a romance that is unfulfilling and never resolves. And worst of all, none of the characters are particularly endearing.
I cannot dismiss it altogether. What I picked up from the book is Martin's satiric writing and that Lucy Stark is similar to the heroine in Austen's "Northanger Abbey" who having read one too many Gothic novels lets her romantic imagination run away with her. Similarly, Lucy is somewhat of a fool (not a cliche of a woman in her 30s as one reviewer here wrote. What exactly is that anyway?) who allows herself to be taken in by all her cliche notions of Italy and Italian men. How can anyone take seriously her head-over-heels, schoolgirl infatuation with Massimo? She never once thinks about the consequences of her adulterous affair although she is fully aware of his wife and children. And she quickly becomes impatient and jealous when she thinks he is also carrying on with the beguiling artist Catherine. The only truly unfortunate element of this story is its flimsy, pseudo-gothic, mystery story element. What began as a teasing story of foul play and an estate haunted by the ghost of murdered WWII Italian partisan quickly fizzles and is forgotten among the trappings of Martin's subtle send-up of all things Harlequinesque. The sequence with Lucy's horrendously detailed food poisoning complete with hallucinations and a bit later the section where she locks herself out of the farmhouse and has to seek shelter in a brewing windy storm are perfect examples of what could have made for a true modern day Gothic novel. So many writers today haven't a clue what constitutes a Gothic novel in its classic from. One need only look at the first ten chapters of "Italian Fever" for a primer in excellent use of classic Gothic mood, description and setting. I only wish there were more throughout the entire novel.
Well...reviewers for Amazon seemed to love or hate this novel, for the most part. I feel rather indifferent about it. Truthfully, I would probably never have finished it if I had actual work to do at my job!
Lucy Stark is a writer's assistant whose employer, writing abroad, suddenly turns up dead. She is left the task of putting his affairs in order and looking for the rest of a manuscript he has been working on. What starts out as a possible murder mystery quickly devolves into simply a diary of an American's time spent in Italy, replete with art appreciation, affairs and lots of cappucino consumption.
This novel didn't seem to follow its initial intentions or promises, although when the end finally comes, everything is wrapped up to some satisfaction. Had the book simply been to detail an American's experience abroad and what she learned about herself along the way, I would have understood how to read it. As it is, it seems the author did a little of this, a little of that, but I cannot complain about the quality of the language and the flow of the writing. My main feeling is that this book did not AFFECT me, the way I feel a good novel should. I probably won't think about it again.
Italian Fever : A Novel download epub
Author: Valerie Martin
ISBN: 0753818582
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Contemporary
Language: English
Publisher: Orion Pub Co (May 2005)
Pages: 272 pages