A Very Private Gentleman

A Very Private Gentleman

Book - 2004
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The locals in the southern Italian town where he lives call him Signor Farfalla--Mr. Butterfly: for he is a discreet gentleman who paints rare butterflies. His life is inconspicuous--mornings spent brushing at a canvas, afternoons idling in the cafes, and evening talks with his friend the town priest over a glass of brandy.

Yet there are other sides to this gentleman's life: Clara: the young student who moonlights in the town bordello. And another woman who arrives with $100,000 and a commission, but not for a painting of butterflies.

With this assignment returns the dark fear that has dogged Signor Farfalla's mysterious life. Almost instantly, he senses a deadly circle closing in on him, one which he may or may not elude. Part thriller, part character study, part drama of deceit and self-betrayal, A Very Private Gentleman shows Martin Booth at the very height of his powers
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books, 2004
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312309084
Branch Call Number: FIC BOOTH
Characteristics: 274 pages ; 22 cm


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Jun 29, 2018

I found this book a total bust. Slow moving, shallow plot, violent, misogynist main character. And the locales seemed to come out of a travel guide. Not at all impressed, sorry.

Aug 16, 2011

could not get into this book at all. the writing style is so roundabout and convoluted that you have a hard time figuring out what hes getting at. loved the movie though.

Mar 04, 2011

Great book and a great read. Unfortunately I saw the movie first and couldn't get George Clooney out of my mind. Not that he is bad in the movie, he's not, but the thought of him restricted the characters development for me. Read the book and then see the movie. Good entertainment all round.


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