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The Blind Contessa's New Machine: A Novel (2010 original; edició 2010)

de Carey Wallace

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Unable to convince her family and desirable fiancé that she is going blind, early nineteenth-century Italian contessa Carolina Fantoni turns to her dreams and an eccentric local inventor when she loses her sight, inspiring the inventor's development of the first typewriter.
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Títol:The Blind Contessa's New Machine: A Novel
Autors:Carey Wallace
Informació:Pamela Dorman Books (2010), Hardcover, 224 pages
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The Blind Contessa's New Machine de Carey Wallace (2010)

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This short novel, just over two hundred pages, chronicles the life of a young Italian woman who is slowly suffering the loss of sight. The story opens with Carolina Fantoni confessing to her mother, father, and fiance that she is going blind. Oddly enough, none of them believe her, choosing to think that she is using a figure of speech to describe her feelings about her upcoming wedding, or casting it off as a joke. Only her friend, neighbor, and local scandalous inventor Turri believes her. The story then flashes backwards to Turri and Carolina’s first meeting at a ball, when he was sixteen and hiding from girls, and she was six and tired of dancing. As Carolina grows up, her parents are wary of her friendship with Turri, who because of his general undesirability as a husband is married off to the already-scandal laden daughter of a wealthy family. Carolina herself manages to attract and marry one of the most popular and beloved young men of the town, Pietro. Not longer after her marriage, the disease begins to progress rapidly, and Carolina becomes completely blind.

The writing in this book is very pretty, with a quaint, old-fashioned tint. The reader has Carolina’s perspective, so things are described according to smell and feel, tactile descriptions instead of visual ones. I found the book to be a pleasant, quick read, but did not find the characters to be particularly engaging. I felt strangely indifferent to Carolina as a protagonist, nor did I feel that the relationships she had with other characters to be very authentic. So although the writing style and description are very well done, the characters and plot are not necessarily emotionally engaging. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
Liked the sensory descriptions, third-person-limited narrator, and setting/period. Didn't like the beyond-mediocre ending, awkward novella length, and unconvincing romance (I liked the hot, popular guy!). Take this idea, make it a Devil-in-the-White-City-style non-fiction work, and I'd be all over it. ( )
  charlyk | Nov 15, 2019 |
Lovely written book. Was sad about how it ended. I'm glad I stumbled upon this book at hpb. ( )
  Tiffy_Reads | Mar 19, 2018 |
The Blind Contessa’s New Machine – Carey Wallace
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How does a blind princess protect her secret heart? This is a fairy tale of a lovely young contessa, her tragic loss of sight, and her experience of love and passion. Based very loosely the invention of a very early typewriter, this story is a little gem. Short enough to read in one sitting, I returned from this book feeling as if I’d spent an afternoon basking in the sun of an Italian villa. Given that the book deals mainly with the Contessa’s loss of vision there is a surprising sense of a great scenic film in the descriptions.
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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
This is a sparkling little jewel of a book, a beautiful love story about a young woman in 19th century Italy who is loosing her sight, full of luminous prose and delightfully vivid descriptions of the countryside. Enchanting. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
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Unable to convince her family and desirable fiancé that she is going blind, early nineteenth-century Italian contessa Carolina Fantoni turns to her dreams and an eccentric local inventor when she loses her sight, inspiring the inventor's development of the first typewriter.

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