In 1713 three men set out from Northamptonshire to Genoa. They are the young aristocrat Lord Stilwell, his valet Thomas Noon, and his tutor Lucius Jelborne. It soon becomes clear to Noon that they are not solely in Italy for his master's education....
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The Masquerade Reviews
It's 1714 (not the Renaissance as stated by another reviewer!), and a German king sits on the throne of England, but there are many who wish for the restoration of the Stuarts instead. The English Lord Stilwell, meanwhile, arrives in Genoa to begin the Grand Tour, accompanied by his tutor Jelbourne and his servant Thomas Noon. How these two sets of events fit together is the subject of Nicholas Griffin's novel The Masquerade. Each of the three Englishmen keeps secrets and isn't quite what he seems, and the men (and women) they encounter are no less complex and puzzling. Griffith's characters are fascinating and you can almost smell the Venetian canals and taste the dust of a summer coach ride in 18th century Italy, and the climax of the novel is masterfully done. I recommend this highly to lovers of historical fiction.
I started out not liking this book too much due to the writing style. It was written in a very slow style that reminded me a lot of Hemingway's. Once I figured that out, however, I started to really enjoy it. It was a nice glimpse into 18th century Italy though I feel the book was falsely advertised as a 'stylish historical thriller'. It was stylishly written, was historical, but it was far from being a thriller. It was a very nice character study of what makes us who we are.
An enjoyable, quick read! The fast-paced plot is interesting and keeps its promises until the end. I also enjoyed the 18th century Italy setting and the characters. The only negative aspects of the book are the sex scene and torture scene. Both were really unnecessary and didn't add anything to the story. A very good read nonetheless!
I've read it but can't remember much about it. This book is an example of why I joined this site - I started reading this for the second time and was only convinced I'd read it before after the first chapter.
Just abandoned, don´t waste your time reading this book.
Enjoyable book with a surprising plot