The Blind Contessa's New Machine

The Blind Contessa's New Machine

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Carey Wallace

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  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books
  • Format: Hardback | 207 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 193mm x 28mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 8 July 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 067002189X
  • ISBN 13: 9780670021895
  • Sales rank: 1,023,768

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An iridescent jewel of a novel that proves love is the mother of invention In the early 1800s, a young Italian contessa, Carolina Fantoni, realizes she is going blind shortly before she marries the town's most sought-after bachelor. Her parents don't believe her, nor does her fiance. The only one who understands is the eccentric local inventor and her longtime companion, Turri. When her eyesight dims forever, Carolina can no longer see her beloved lake or the rich hues of her own dresses. But as darkness erases her world, she discovers one place she can still see-in her dreams. Carolina creates a vivid dreaming life, in which she can not only see, but also fly, exploring lands she had never known. Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri invents a peculiar machine for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will change both of their lives forever. Based on the true story of a nineteenth-century inventor and his innovative contraption, "The Blind Contessa's New Machine" is an enchanting confection of love and the triumph of the imagination.

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By Kim Galla 12 Sep 2010 5

When you alight from your carriage onto the cobblestone drive of a home in Victorian Italy, you enter the world of Contessa Carolina, a young woman who loses her eyesight soon after her marriage to Pietro. Casey Wallace writes a lyrical first novel filled with imagery and eloquence.

While the story was quiet and simple, I gave five stars for Ms. Wallace's creative writing.

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