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The Light in the Ruins

A Novel
Bohjalian, Chris (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Light in the Ruins
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Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosatis family become prisoners in their home when eighteen-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later.
Authors: Bohjalian, Chris, 1960-
Title: The light in the ruins
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Doubleday,, c2013
Edition: First edition.
Characteristics: 309 pages ;,25 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Summary: Hoping to safeguard themselves from the ravages of World War II within the walls of their ancient villa in Florence, the noble Rosatis family become prisoners in their home when eighteen-year-old Cristina's courtship by a German lieutenant prompts the Nazis to take over the estate, a situation that leads to a serial murder investigation years later.
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ISBN: 0385534817
9780385534819
Statement of Responsibility: Chris Bohjalian
Copyright Date: ♭2013
Subject Headings: Nobility Italy Fiction. Murderers Fiction.
Genre/Form: Mystery fiction.
Topical Term: Nobility
Murderers
LCCN: 2012046269
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This is the second of Bohjalian's books I've read, and have really liked both. His characters are well delineated and the action seems plausible. I liked that it flipped back and forth between 1943 and 1955, so we could see possible motives for the horrific murders being investigated in 1955.

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Jan 22, 2014
  • dollfacecrafter rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love his books, this one was a little different than some of his earlier work, but engrossing story and exciting. he mostly tackles controversial subjects and makes them so interesting.

Nov 30, 2013
  • dcafk rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Mr. Bohjalian is a wonderful writer. His characters come to life in all their complexity in these pages. It is a great story about love, family, and survival in wartime as well as an intriguing murder mystery.

Nov 08, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel moves back and forth between 1943/44 and 1955. In 1943, the Rosati family had an estate and villa south of Florence near the village of Monte Volta. The oldest son Marco was serving in Sicily and Vittore was working at a museum in Florence. Marco's wife Francesca, his children Massimo and Alessia, the marchese and marchesa Antonio and Beatrice and the daughter Cristina were living at the Villa Chimera. The estate also houses a small group of Estruscan tombs, something the Nazis have taken an interest in. We see here how the Nazis exert more and more of a presence in Monte Volta and at the villa and the family's involvement with individual Germans.
In 1955, Francesca is found dead, a victim of a particularly gruesome murder. Serafina Bettini is one of the detectives assigned to the case. But Serafina has her own history in the hills near Monte Volta, and possibly with the villa as well. She was a partisan during the war and was badly injured near there just before the British arrival. As she searches for the murderer, who seems to be targeting the Rosatis, she also awakens her own memories of the war and the struggles so many had to survive.
This is a book of long memories, reprisals, forgiveness, and love. A story of a difficult time in Italy and the years following the war when so many had to find a new way to move forward and decide whether to make a new start or carry their grudges forward with them.
A page-turner that will take you inside the lives of the characters.

Oct 04, 2013
  • Bearwomyn rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

WWII Italy, we follow the life of a Marchesa Rosati's daughter. She is entitled, but kind, raw, wide-eyed, in love with the unfolding of fresh experiences, wanting more, blooming into a body of desire. She rides her horse with abandon under the threatening hum of allied war planes overhead, barely wary of their menace, only in love with the possibility of adventure. Add the twist that her family has unearthed an ancient Etruscan tomb submerged for centuries under the grasses neighboring their olive groves. Romance, history, mystery, war, Nazi's, partisans, vino, swims under a Tuscan sun and forbidden love with the...ally? or is it the enemy? Flash forward 1955, The Rosati family is being hunted, murdered, their hearts being cut out and placed on display. Angry. Predatory. Intentional. But why? A rather unique murder mystery, the kernels of understanding play out as we dart back and forth through the decades. Then the piece de resistance...the riveting convolution gracing the plot with more gravity and intrigue...The police investigator, Serafina...the first and only woman detective in Florence, with large portions of her body covered in burn scars from the war. She unknowingly buried her memories like an Etruscan Amphora yet they begin to reveal themselves as the suspense and clues of the Rosati story are excavated.

Oct 04, 2013
  • Bearwomyn rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

WWII Italy, we follow the life of a Marchesa Rosati's daughter. She is entitled, but kind, raw, wide-eyed, in love with the unfolding of fresh experiences, wanting more, blooming into a body of desire. She rides her horse with abandon under the menacing hum of allied war planes overhead, barely wary of their menace, only in love with the possibility of adventure. Add the twist that her family has unearthed an ancient Etruscan tomb submerged for centuries under the grasses neighboring their olive groves. Romance, history, mystery, war, Nazi's, partisans, vino, swims under a Tuscan sun and forbidden love with the...ally? or is it the enemy? Flash forward 1955, The Rosati family is being hunted, murdered, their hearts being cut out and placed on display. Angry. Predatory. Intentional. But why? A rather unique murder mystery, the kernels of understanding play out as we dart back and forth through the decades. Then the piece de resistance...the riveting convolution gracing the plot with more gravity and intrigue...The police investigator, Serafina...the first and only woman detective in Florence, with large portions of her body covered in burn scars from the war. She unknowingly buried her memories like an Etruscan Amphora yet they begin to reveal themselves as the suspense and clues of the Rosati story are excavated.

Aug 08, 2013
  • booklady413 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This excellent novel goes back and forth between 1944 and 1950's Italy. Members of a noble family are being killed in an horrific way. Who wants them dead?

Aug 05, 2013
  • SarahBee2002 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

cool book i have ever read

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