The Etruscan

Lose yourself in the Tuscan hills in Linda Lappin s prize winning novel, The Etruscan Runner up in Fiction for the New York Book Festival and short listed for the Next Generation Indie Award in fiction, this cult novel is now available for the first time in the US in Kindle Edition Kirkus Lappin elegantly brings the characters, Italian countryside and surroundingsLose yourself in the Tuscan hills in Linda Lappin s prize winning novel, The Etruscan.Runner up in Fiction for the New York Book Festival and short listed for the Next Generation Indie Award in fiction, this cult novel is now available for the first time in the US in Kindle Edition Kirkus Lappin elegantly brings the characters, Italian countryside and surroundings to life in vivid, engrossing prose In this entrancing novel,the tantalizing love story between American heroine Harriet Sacket and the enigmatic Count Federigo del Re,self proclaimed Etruscan spirit, is played out in 1922 across the backdrop of eerie Etruscan tombs and boar infested woods The basic pleasure of this book lies in the suspension of disbelief, the heightened emotional urgency, the mystery, the lush and mystical scenery Prairie Schooner
The Etruscan Lose yourself in the Tuscan hills in Linda Lappin s prize winning novel The Etruscan Runner up in Fiction for the New York Book Festival and short listed for the Next Generation Indie Award in fictio

  • Title: The Etruscan
  • Author: Linda Lappin
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 146
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 1 thought on “The Etruscan”

    1. The Etruscan follows the adventurous Harriet from the staid world of her cousin Stephen's London to the sumptuous ruins of Italy's ancient Etruria. Does she discover life after death or descend into madness? I honestly don't know whether I loved this book or hated it. Purposely complex and obtuse, the author challenges you to think, mull, consider. You can almost read this book as a personality test: are you fact-based and skeptical, like Stephen, or open to the mysteries of the universe, like H [...]

    2. What an unusual and intriguing story. I couldn't put it down, particularly towards the end. Is it a ghost story, or the drug induced fantasies of a deeply disturbed woman. And if it is the latter, is her mental condition hereditary or due to a traumatic event in her teens, This is a brilliant book that keeps you guessing.

    3. Mainly set in the early 1920s in Italy although the near the end of the book there's something about post-WWII London and a return to Italyafter the war. My opinion: I disliked Stephen Hampton from beginning to end.

    4. An intriguing first novel from the pen of Italy-based poet and translator, Linda Lappin, “The Etruscan” is unique for its setting, the northern Lazio area known as Etruria or Tuscia. The original inhabitants of the area, The Etruscans, are evoked in all their mystery and the author uses her knowledge to entice the reader into their vanished world. The first detailed descriptions of the Etruscan sites can be found in D.H. Lawrence’s “Etruscan Places ” published in the 1930’s , Augustu [...]

    5. I enjoyed this book and it kept me interested. Harriet is an American photographer, a modern woman of her times. She has an interest in the Etruscans which leads her to Italy, much to the chagrin of her English relatives. She rents a house from a count, but the count is not what he seems to be. She experiences a passion she never felt before, but it is one that could be her downfall. The author has something to say about women of that time period and how difficult it was for them to maintain ind [...]

    6. The story takes you on a journey of one woman who makes her way to Italy in search of Etruscan tombs to photograph. She meets Federigo del Re, a Count who also dabbles in the occult. Her once exuberant letters sent home now seem to be more depressing and melancholy. Her tales of entering the tombs for photos turn into mystic dreams and loss of time. What type of journey is she truly experiencing? The reader needs to decide.

    7. Surprisingly, I found this gothic tale intriguing in spite of it not being my normal genre. Harriet was an excellent character and I loved her! She was the adventurous person I wish I were. Having been to an Etruscan museum in Volterra, Italy, I already had an interest in these people from long ago. After reading this historic novel, I want to know more. Thank you, Linda Lappin.

    8. I felt like I didn't really get to the bottom of the story, for me it didn't give a real conclusion and although interesting at the beginning I started to get fed up about halfway through but stuck with it.

    9. Imaginative and lyrical writing and a great story. Unpredictable, which is always an added plus! For someone who loves mystery and the sensual pleasures of Italy, this is a must-read!

    10. Interesting, but somehow I expected more from it. Got to the end and thought "that's all?". Almost felt like some of the important parts had been left out.

    11. I read this almost ten years ago. The story captured me from the start. I remember being drawn into the romance. Somehow it haunted me. Linda Lappin writes beautifully.

    12. This book disappointed me. I was really looking forward to learning about the Etruscans. Nor do I have any idea why Harriet would have fallen in love with this man. The characters were not at all well developed and the writing style was so very slow.

    13. I was delighted to see that critic and writing teacher Walter Cummins, mentor to generations of writers, included his review of my first novel The Etruscan, originally published in The Literary Review, in his new anthology of reviews and essays Knowing Writers (2017) His generous review cuts through to what is for me the essence of the novel: the clash and fusion of the mythic and the temporal, gothic and modernism, romance and reality, Italian mentality and Yankee aspirations. Here are some hig [...]

    14. What a pleasure to read the words of a writer who obviously was born to it. I loved Harriett, a very unusual and brave woman for her time, who, quite by accident, stumbles upon an assignment to photograph Etruscan tombs. This accident will prove to profoundly change the remainder of her life. The story is a wonderful mix of character, circumstance, dream, tragedy, and fancy and leaves the reader wondering just how much is "real". The errors which I assume are the result of rendering the book int [...]

    15. I really struggled through this book. I didn't like any of the characters and they all seemed to be caricatures without any real depth. The story itself was too fractured with too many loose ends and unexplained items. To me it just seemed to be a bunch of fragmented ramblings that were written down as notes and had yet to be fleshed out in a full story.

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