The Italian Lover

A Novel by Robert Hellenga

Synopsis: Margot Harrington’s memoir about her discovery in Florence of a priceless masterwork of Renaissance erotica — and the misguided love affair it inspired – is now, 25 years later, being made into a movie. Margot, with the help of her lover, Woody, writes a script that she thinks will validate her life. Of course their script is not used, but never mind — happy endings are the best endings for movies, as Margot eventually comes to see. At the former convent in Florence where The Sixteen Pleasures — now called The Italian Lover – – is being filmed, Margot enters into a drama she never imagined, where her ideas of home, love, art, and aging collide with the imperatives of commerce and the unknowability of other cultures and other people.

Well.. that was disappointing. The story started out pretty decent, the idea of the plot intrigued me.. this girl just lives her life and her story gets optioned to be turned into a movie! That sounds like so much fun! Imagine that happening? Honestly, My life would make for a pretty boring movie.. there’d be a few funny sitcom moments and a few sad moments, but it would be pretty boring… but I digress.

However it wasn’t as cool as it could have been…Everything building up to filming was good, before the actors and director got to Italy, all of that was fine!.. then it went downhill ultra fast. Once the whole book got to Italy it became boring, confusing and just plain dumb.

The plot seemed to branch off at that point and all of a sudden there were random affairs that didn’t make any sense, people started doing weird things that didn’t even seem like it was part of the same story, people who were friends (I think they were friends at least?.. I couldn’t really tell with how they acted) don’t say another word to each other for the rest of the book.. one chick gets stuck in a cemetery for some reason, and it was just total confusion.

I really shouldn’t have wasted my time reading this one… oh well, too late now.

I rate this book




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