In eighteenth-century Italy the Castrati recreated heaven on earth. Their exquisite voices soared above the glittering world of courtiers and nobility. Those who achieved fame were showered with riches and sexual favours, but their success also hid a terrible sadness. Tonio, of noble birth, is the victim of a vengeful brother. Disinherited and forced to join the ranks of the Castrati, he plans his revenge while striving to become the greatest of all singers. Guido, sacrificed to the knife at an early age, composes opera and ...
In eighteenth-century Italy the Castrati recreated heaven on earth. Their exquisite voices soared above the glittering world of courtiers and nobility. Those who achieved fame were showered with riches and sexual favours, but their success also hid a terrible sadness. Tonio, of noble birth, is the victim of a vengeful brother. Disinherited and forced to join the ranks of the Castrati, he plans his revenge while striving to become the greatest of all singers. Guido, sacrificed to the knife at an early age, composes opera and dreams of the perfect voice to give it life. He discovers Tonio and becomes his teacher. As together they reach the very pinnacle of success, Tonio is pushed to the extremes of endurance as he tries to resolve his lust for glory, and for vengeance...
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This was very good reading and I enjoyed it very much. Anne Rice is one of my favorite writers. She did a very good job writing this book. I had a very hard time putting this book down and in no time at all I was finished and very happy to have read this book. It is a book that I would recommend to any of Anne Rices' fans.
Nov 15, 2008
Cry To Heaven
This novel is so good, that I've read it twice, and plan on reading it again!
Oct 31, 2008
It'll make you cry alright
You will cry, you'll cry over how much you time you've wasted reading this garbage.
Its the story of a jealous brother who kidnaps his younger brother and sells him off to become one of the castratti. So the young boy becomes a singing sensation and swears revenge on his older brother. Along the way there is sex and Zzzzzzzzz.... Oh sorry I fell asleep in the middle of this book.
Seriously this is a long boring book that I read just to spite myself. Anne Rice wasn't getting my money then winning the battle of wills with me, oh no! Instead she still got my money and sucked up a couple hours of my life that I cannot get back. So the joke was still on me. But to say something nice, her descriptions of Venice sounded breath taking.
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