Thursday, 22 January 2009

Mark Mills: The Savage Garden

An outstanding novel, gripping and well-researched with references to Dante Aligheri's "La Commedia Divina" and the 9 circles of hell and Ovid's "Metamorphosis" and with a fantastic twist towards the end...

An intriguing mystery novel set in the Tuscan hills after World War II. In 1958, Cambridge undergraduate Adam Strickland, who's studying a curious Tuscan Renaissance garden for his art history thesis, is equally intrigued by both the garden of the Villa Docci estate and its elderly owner, Signora Francesca Docci. Built by the villa's first owner, Federico Docci, in 1577, the garden was intended as a memorial to his wife, Flora, who died when she was only 25. In the course of his research, Adam begins to sense that events, both past and present, are not as clear-cut as they appear.

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