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The Book of Unholy Mischief: A Novel

4 Ratings: 3.5
A book by Elle Newmark

Luciano, the wily hero of Newmark's entertaining first novel, is only a street urchin when the doge of Venice's chef finds him, but once dragged into the kitchen as an apprentice, he discovers more bubbling than boiling water. While the town is in an … see full wiki

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Author: Elle Newmark
Publisher: Atria
4 reviews about The Book of Unholy Mischief: A Novel
review by . July 14, 2009
Luciano and Marco are both orphans who have been forced to live their life on the streets of Venice. Marco takes Luciano under his wing and shows him what needs to be done in order to survive. Then one day a chef from the palace decides to take Luciano under his wing. He battles feelings of guilt because he now has three meals a day and roof over his head to sleep under and Marco is still on the street. Luciano sneaks food for Marco but he doesn't feel like he's done enough for his friend.     T …
review by . February 07, 2009
Venice in the early Renaissance was a perilous in the extreme. Innocent or guilty, prominent or poverty stricken, an individual could be destroyed in the blink of an eye, if it suited the aims of the politically powerful. The age of scientific enlightenment was dawning, but superstition and "heresy" still abounded under the iron rule of the church. Luciano, a street urchin, is offered a rare opportunity to transform his life by the chef of the doge, who is not merely a culinary master. Chef Ferraro …
review by . January 15, 2009
I just finished this book, and I was *not* impressed. It was...ok. Not terrible, not terrific. It was called "The Book of Unholy Mischief" and it is basically written in the form of a memoir by the main character, Luciano. It was set in Venice in the late 1400's and concerns the preoccupation by much of Venice of a special book - a book that no one knew the contents of, and that everyone wanted to find. Some wanted it for it's supposed entries on alchemy, some for the secret to eternal life, and …
review by . January 05, 2009
I'll promise to limit the food metaphors in this review, but that's incredibly difficult as The Book of Unholy Mischief is as rich and appealing as any feast that might have been served in the palace of the Doge! That's all the more appropriate as Luciano, the narrator of this early Renaissance tale has been taken under the wing of the Doge's chef, a man of great learning and uncounted secrets. Food provides the central theme throughout, beginning with the theft of a pomegranate by Luciano, for …
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