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Viper WineAt Whitehall Palace in 1632 the ladies at the court of Charles I are beginning to look suspiciously alike Plump cheeks dilated pupils and a heightened sense of pleasure are the first signs that they have been drinking a potent new beauty tonic Viper Wine distilled and discreetly dispensed by the physician Lancelot ChoiceFamed beauty Venetia Stanley is so extravagantly dazzling she has inspired Ben Jonson to poetry and Van Dyck to painting provoking adoration and emulation from the masses But now sh I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest reviewTruly an ingenious and original story VIPER WINE follows Venetia Digby née Stanley who revels in her beauty at the court of Charles I of England It's 1632 and Venetia feels as though she is aging uite rapidly She takes matters into her own hands by visiting a local apothecary and procuring a draught of the elixir Viper Wine It allegedly cures the drinker of signs of aging ie wrinkles loose skin and the like The narrative centers around the proceedings of Venetia and her husband Kenelm Digby a renowned explorer alchemist and secret future seer? Yeah that's right Kenelm receives strange messages and blips from the futureSo this book turns from historical literary fiction to a sort of magical fantastical realism with occasional allusions and intrusions of the future It is uite anachronistic and mystifying Throughout the novel there are epigraphs that come anywhere from Kenelm Digby's own writing to Naomi Campbell and contemporary literary publications The author Hermione Eyre who can I just say has the coolest name ever utilizes these modern references to tie together the universal and historical fascination with beautyWhere I struggled most to connect with this novel was what at other times I enjoyed most about it the writing It become uite slushy and difficult to wade through on occasion which slowed down the narrative and muddled it all together But at other moments I was drawn briskly into the story trailing Venetia on her journey to feel beautiful and go to great lengths to achieve that feeling Something truly remarkable and innovative about this novel is Eyre's bold decision to uite literally step into the novel At times she alludes to herself as 'the writer' or 'the author' and even directly addresses the reader These moments of recognition bridge the gap between the writing and the reader and work excellently with Eyre's mission of universalizing the themes which she is addressing Plus they are uite fun momentsIf you are at all a fan of things like English court life Ben Jonson art history the Kardashians they don't appear in the novel but Venetia is basically the 17th century version of Kim and postmodern fiction I highly recommend this book It's most definitely not for everyone as there is very little plot and uite experimental prose but it's original deliciously snarky and well researched355 stars

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FREE PDF ë BOOK Viper Wine ñ HORTICULTURETRADER Ø [PDF / Epub] ☆ Viper Wine By Hermione Eyre – Horticulturetrader.co.uk At Whitehall Palace in 1632 the ladies at the court of Charles I are beginning to look suspiciously alike Plump cheeks dilated pupils and a heightened sense of pleasure are the first signs thatD a country on the brink of civil war The novel takes us backstage at a glittering Inigo Jones court masue inside a dour Puritan community and into the Countess of Arundel's snail closet We see a lost Rubens altarpiece and peer into Venetia’s black wet obsidian scrying mirror Based on real events Viper Wine is 1632 rendered in Pop Art prose; a place to find alchemy David Bowie recipes for seventeenth century beauty potions a Borgesian unfinished library and a submarine that sails beneath the Tham A lot of historical fiction is just an expression of nostalgia for a time that will never come again and reading that sort of thing is a perfectly pleasurable indulgence The historical fiction I like best though is the kind that truthfully re creates a long gone era as a way of commenting on the present moment It gives the reader the best of both worlds This seems to be exactly what Hermione Eyre is up to with her debut novel set in the 17th century and focusing on a fascinating couple Kenelm and Venetia Digby He was an adventurer and natural philosopher and she was the most celebrated beauty of her time In Eyre’s version of their life together it’s clear that she’d be remembered for much today if her society had allowed her broader avenues of expression As is the fictional Venetia is compelled to cling to her fading appearance through desperate and dangerous pseudo scientific means The language is rich the plot is corkscrewing and complex and the period detail is thoroughly convincing without being at all dusty or cobwebby Viper Wine may look at first like an antiue but a it’s really a reinterpretation of one a book with a fresh feminist and very modern perspective — James Crossleyfrom The Best Books We Read in April

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E is married and her “mid climacteric” approaches all that adoration has curdled to scrutiny and she fears her powers are waning Her devoted husband Sir Kenelm Digby – alchemist explorer philosopher courtier and time traveller – believes he has the means to cure wounds from a distance but he so loves his wife that he will not make her a beauty tonic convinced she has no need of it From the whispering court at Whitehall to the charlatan physicians of Eastcheap here is a marriage in crisis an I am so glad that is overThis book had tremendous potential both in its premise and the author's apparent talent for writing A spring morning dawned shared by all those who happened to be alive at the same time as one another that unwitting complicity that means everything and nothing and goes unnoticed or glimpsed by historians or curious novelists Her writing even though verbose was uite beautiful at times and drew me into the book at first I also really found the topic fascinating a woman obsessed with looking young turning to dangerous concoctions to keep her from aging But all of what this book could have been was overshadowed by the completely incoherent pretentious mess it turned out to beThe amount of anachronisms breakings of the fourth wall and general nonsense in this book is mind boggling I understand it was designed this way but that does not make it any better in my eyes I felt like this book didn't know what it wanted to be and kept digressing from the main story There were so many unnecessary irrelevant points of view it kept jumping in time and place unannounced and most of the time I wasn't even sure what this book was trying to tell me Obsession with beauty is timeless? Wowee who would have thoughtThe characters were fine for the most part except for Kenelm Digby who was a weird amalgamation of well weirdness He's apparently a time traveller and can access future information when meditating which was so far from making any kind of sense I would rather not dwell on it Blimey said Kenelm meaning to say Blind me but coining the modern version accidentally the book is full of these on the nose attempts at I don't even know what humour? wit? elbow to the side while winking conspicuously?The worst part is that I really did enjoy most of the sections that directly related to Venetia and her process of beautification I was morbidly curious about the whole situation but as the book progressed these sections grew few and far between I ended up only skim reading the last third of the book desperately praying for it to finally be over so I could toss this book across the room and never look at it again