This author's previous book, ' The Country Under My Skin' , a sort of memoir, drew high praise from the critics and kind words from some eminent writers including Salmon Rushdie. The enthusism for the 'Scroll of Seduction', at least among Library Thing readers, was intially low but now I note that the average rating is close to a 4. There is no doubt that Ms. Belli is a talented and accomplished author and this is a well written book. She writes beautiful prose and hopefully more of her novels will be translated into English. This book has some definite flaws but as an historical novel I am surprised that it isn't more popular.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. One questions the reason to present the life of Juana de Castilla through the narrative of a pseudo-teacher of history whose sexual advances and encounters with a very young, defenseless and naive student represents an abusive and dominating behavior typical of the "me too" sexual harassments so demeaning of females.
If the author wanted to present the strong character and virtues of Juana de Castilla as a brave and exemplary woman, she is using the wrong approach in the book. As in other works by Belli, strong women come into their own by leading a double life, often influenced by important female figures from the past and also by contemporary men of firm convictions who become their lovers. How history may have misjudged the lived experience of Juana has much to tell us about how women must insist on uncovering the feminine historical experience that has been covered over by past priorities.
The story of Juana la Loca is intertwined with the story of a girl who is seduced by an older man. Apparently to revive the feelings and thoughts of Juana, the miserable daughter of Queen Isabel of Spain. Although the story of Juana comes to life making easier to understand her motivations and reasons.
The the second story line gave me the creeps. Neither woman is truly free. One is trapped in her society dominated by men, the other is trapped in a web of cunning created by her seducer. The novel kept me interested and all the historical event where very easy to read and follow, the second story lacks depth and passion.
And most of all, love. There is not even a sexy seduction but almost a mechanical one. It's alright! Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands.
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El Pergamino de la Seduccion : Una Novela
En Cuatro siglos ms tarde. Enloqueci de amor. Belli's giving and clarion book is also an antidote to fear and apathy, and a reminder that freedom is always a work in progress. Belli's rich prose provides fascinating insight into Juana's life When Belli speaks from the depths of her woman's insight. A window to one woman's extraordinary journey.
El Pergamino de la Seducción: Una Novela - Gioconda Belli
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