"Francine Prose is one of a handful of truly indispensable American writers." --Gary Shteyngart The Glorious Ones are an unlikely troupe--there's ...Show synopsis"Francine Prose is one of a handful of truly indispensable American writers." --Gary Shteyngart The Glorious Ones are an unlikely troupe--there's Armanda, the cheerful dwarf and ex-nun; chattering Columbina; Pantalone the miser; and the wicked Brighella; all led by Flaminio Scala, the self-proclaimed most courageous man in Christendom. They travel up and down seventeenth-century Italy, performing in palaces and poor villages alike. For all their wild differences, not one of them is prepared for the arrival of the mysterious Isabella, their new boss.Hide synopsis
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The story of THE GLORIOUS ONES, ostensibly the tale of a commedia dell'arte troupe in 17th century Italy, is related chapter by chapter by different members of the troupe. While this method offers a variety of perspectives about the lives and fortunes of the troupe, the stories the characters offer are not particularly compelling. Nor do the multiple viewpoints add a greater, more complete dimension to the tale.
Perhaps it's not a fair comparison, but David Mitchell's GHOSTWRITTEN and CLOUD ATLAS are far more riveting examples of novels whose perspectives shift from chapter to chapter, gathering momentum and increasing each book's impact.
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