Lords of the Horizons was described by Time Out as perhaps the most readable history ever written on anything.
Having always wanted to write fiction, he became popular as the author of the mystery series beginning with The Janissary Tree, which won the coveted Edgar Award for Best vel in They feature a Turkish detective, Yashim, who lives in 19th century Istanbul. Login Register. Advanced Search. Your cart is empty. Free delivery across Pakistan on order of Rs. Add to Wish List Add to Cart.
Also by the Same Author View All an evil eye: the y Bestsellers in This Category Inferno: Robert Digital Fortres The Girl On The To ask other readers questions about The Bellini Card , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Nov 02, Rob Kitchin rated it liked it.
The strengths of The Bellini Card are the sense of place, characterisation, and historical detail. Goodwin places the reader in both Istanbul and Venice -- the landscape and architecture, the sights, sounds and smells, and the social strata and living conditions. This is aided by a melting pot of nicely drawn characters -- a mix of fading aristocrats, bureaucrats, servants and criminals -- and their interactions con The strengths of The Bellini Card are the sense of place, characterisation, and historical detail.
This is aided by a melting pot of nicely drawn characters -- a mix of fading aristocrats, bureaucrats, servants and criminals -- and their interactions conditioned by social standing.
About the author
This is all well framed with respect to byzantine politics and the long history of connections between the two cities. The plot, however, is also somewhat byzantine. It might have been because I was tired when reading, but as the story progressed I became increasingly lost as to logic driving the story and I reached the end without really understanding the denouement. Maybe if I read it again it would become clear, but on first reading the complex weave and twists in the story never fully unravelled to reveal themselves.
The result was a tale I enjoyed for the rich portrait of people and places, but where the plot became evermore incidental. Dec 27, Cynthia rated it liked it. Not as good as The Snake Stone.
- Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health;
- Subscribe to read | Financial Times.
- TLC: The Love Chronicles!
- Publication Order of Yashim the Eunuch Books.
- Yashim Cooks Istanbul: An Ottoman detective's diet brought to life;
The writing and descriptions are so good and the characters are so likeable that I kept reading and enjoying all the way to the end. But the plot is murky and illogical and it jumps around a lot, often even midstream in chapters that are only 1 or 2 pages long. Apr 19, Heather rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. I listened to this book on audiobook. I always clarify that because I think it significantly affects how you enjoy a book. I like the actor for the most part, but eventually the accents grated on me.
I believe it was a bit harder to follow in listening rather than reading, as I'm not an auditory learner and it helps me keep track of the characters to visually see their names. Several characters have similar names, so this was a bit of a struggle. Overall though it was a great mystery, truly only I listened to this book on audiobook. Overall though it was a great mystery, truly only wrapping up until the very end. Half a CD ago I was seriously concerned that I didn't follow the plot and I was maybe a little pathetic, but then all the loose ends were tied in the very last two chapters.
I would read more by this author - pleasant, intelligent writing style that's not at all simplistic as I've experienced with popular mystery writers. There isn't a ton of gore or descriptions of violence, which I also appreciate. View 1 comment. Mar 19, Nancy rated it really liked it Shelves: mysteries. The Bellini Card is a charming literary get-away to the Istanbul court of the 's and the struggling city of Venice under Hapsburg domination.
The principal characters are wonderful and the writing successfully evokes the manners and politics of the era. The author deftly weaves the search for a lost masterwork a Bellini painting into the novel and that creates the mystery and tension which makes it fun for folks who like more than just an historical novel. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Sep 21, Barb Burwell rated it did not like it. I bought this book because I had just returned from Venice and wanted to extend the trip by reading more about the city. The premise of the book is believable but the resolution is not.
I really dislike books that reveal all right at the end without giving you enough clues to try to figure it out for yourself. And, I'm embarrassed to admit this, but I'm not sure after reading it what really happened. Maybe it's just me. I did not find the book suspenseful just confusing. Judging by the ratings e I bought this book because I had just returned from Venice and wanted to extend the trip by reading more about the city.
Judging by the ratings everyone else has given the book, I'm in the minority. Jan 01, Vivienne rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , historical-fiction.
The Bellini Card (Yashim the Eunuch, book 3) by Jason Goodwin
I found this a cracking good, intelligent mystery with plenty of surprises along the way. The book is very rich in its descriptions and Goodwin recreates the faded splendour of 19th century Venice with the same skill he has applied to Istanbul in all three novels. I appreciated the author's end note about the Bellini portrait, which does exist, and how it came into the possession of Britain's National Gallery.
A delightful series of historical mysteries that I hope will continue. Nov 09, Evelyn rated it really liked it Shelves: mystery , historical. When the new sultan of Istanbul voices a desire to own a rare painting of Mehmet the Conqueror by Bellini, Investigator Yashim enlists his friend Stanislaw Palewski, the Polish Ambassador, to travel to Venice to locate the painting while posing as a rich American named Signor Brett.
Third historical to feature the eunuch Yashim as an investigator, but can stand alone.
Intellectual rather than fast-paced. Complexly plotted with intriguing chracters. Great atmosphere of the time period. Jun 04, Ann rated it it was ok. Cast of thousands, okay, not really, it just seemed that way in this convoluted story about purchasing a portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror painted by Bellini. Yashim can't go to Venice so he sends his Polish friend Palewski disguised, but not very well, as an American art dealer and then Yashim shows up, initially disguised as a beggar.
It all became a blur and I found I didn't really care about the plot line. I just wanted the confusion to end. Jul 22, Suzanne Kittrell rated it really liked it. Just one word sums up this book for me. The plot, the characters and the settings.
- While it Lasts (Sea Breeze Book 3)?
- Summary: A Whack on the Side of the Head: Review and Analysis of Van Oechs Book.
- Simple Steps: The Chinese Way to Better Health.
- The Bellini Card (Yashim the Ottoman Detective);
This book is about a search for a painting by an enuch in the s. A fairly good read once I put on by history cap and tried to remember what was going on in the world at that time and during the Bellini's time. Jason Goodwin has become one of my favorite authors. In this novel Yashim lalla eunuch sends his friend the Polish ambassador to Venice to find a portrait of the Sultan's ancestor Memhet by Bellini.
Goodwin's up to par with intrigue, romance, mystery, and more local color than most authors. Plot turns and twists that will leave your head spinning. I am ready for his next book. Mar 16, Sallyflood rated it really liked it. A great inside look at the court of the Ottoman Empire, Yashim is a enuch in the court and a detective at heart.
http://gatsbyproperty.com/el-caso-durroway-la-novela.php He and his friend the Polish ambassador are in Venice looking for a rare painting by Bellini. So far the only siting is a bloated body in the main canal. Jul 17, Tony rated it really liked it. Yashim's friend Palewski plays a more active role, and Goodwin continues the delightfully descriptive cooking classes!
Feb 15, Guy rated it really liked it Shelves: mysteries , english-language , fiction. I found this book really delightful.
Related The Bellini Card (Yashim the Ottoman Detective Book 3)
Copyright 2019 - All Right Reserved