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Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore Best Book, Theodora Actress, Empress, Whore By Stella Duffy This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Theodora Actress, Empress, Whore, Essay By Stella Duffy Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You This is an interesting book though not entirely satisfying The language used is often very modern which can be annoying and it seems a bit light on historical detail Theodora is an interesting character and this book does a fairly good job of bringing her and the times to life. This is the story of Theodora and her rise from dancer prostitute to Empress of Rome The book starts with Theodora working on stage at the Hippodrome and being trained by Menander, a man she feared and loved After becoming famous she falls in love with Hecebolus and moves to Africa with him When Hecebolus casts her off for another she flees Africa and finds her way to Alexandria where she finds her faith, looks for forgiveness for her sins, and puts her fate in the hands of Timothy who she respects Timothy helps her to find her way to Justinian who is preparing to become the next Emporer of Rome.I really enjoyed this book Theodora is a fascinating character to read about, there are so many different facets to her personality At times she is selfish, cruel, and obstinate but she also shows she can be loving and compassionate when she wants to be I liked her from the beginning of the book and I was hoping things would turn out well for her The story moved at a fast pace, there were no slow sections for me in the book at all The other characters in the book were also very entertaining, I really liked Justinian and Theodora s mentor Menander There are lots of great descriptions of Constantinople and a fascinating look at the tensions between different religious groups at the time It was a very volatile time and the rulers were constantly trying to keep the peace with little success Being that a large part of the book is about Theodora being on the stage as an actress and being a prostitute their are some difficult scenes in the book that some readers might be uncomfortable with A lot of bad language is also used throughout the book that might be offensive I think that if that does not bother you and you like a good historical fiction book about ancient times, you will find this book to be well worth the read. Interesting enough premise but awkward writing a bit stuffy and bloated While I was reading, I was engaged enough but every time I put it down, I couldn t find the motivation to pick it back up Might give it a try again, someday. 4.5 starsI m trying to think of a way to describe this book, and immensely satisfying is the only descriptor that s coming to mind That seems so weak, though Satisfying implies just okayness, but Theodora was anything but just okay I think what feels so satisfying about this novel is the realization that fine craftsmanship is still alive and well within historical fiction Since the success of The Other Boleyn Girl, the general tone of HF has taken a bit of a nose dive as and authors and publishers strive to replicate that same success Rather than telling a story that feels true and real, it seems to me that so many have just attempted to put the features of TOBG into whatever historical setting they happen to have on their plate The result has been near consistent disappointment with almost every historical novel I ve read for YEARSat least from larger publishers, who seem to be caught up in this frantic race to find the next TOBG rather than trying to find the next good historical novel Of course, this isn t the case for all books I ve read since TOBG It s just hard to recall that sometimes, when the market is so flooded with so many copies of the same old, same old So I am very much satisfied, and gratified, and very happy to know that at least Stella Duffy is out there putting her all into her OWN really good historical novel And this one is really good, and it really feels like it s hers.It was such an enjoyment for me that I actually don t know where to start in talking about it One of the things I just loved, loved, loved was the uniqueness of the lower class characters voices The actresses, whores, animal trainers, and teacher eunuchs were remarkably real feeling, and this was achieved with the PERFECT balance of modern day four letter words and turns of phrases, worked very sparingly and deliberately against carefully constructed sets of detail and character motivations, voices, and dialogue that felt otherwise entirely a part of 500 C.E Constantinople As I write HF myself, I know what a really remarkable feat this is, to make not only individual characters but even entire strata of society feel so vibrant and true Duffy s great care and forethought in the construction of her world not only the place and time but also the society was evident, and something a fellow writer appreciates and applauds.The plot itself was perfectly paced It opens superbly, right in the midst of young Theodora s already rich personality, and the main character s motives and actions feel authentic and logical, given the person she is For those who know the real history real history in air quotes, as who knows what Procopius s problem was , all the best moments of the true Theodora tales are there, brought to vivid, breathtaking life for the reader Some moments were heartbreaking some were laugh out loud funny I cracked up on the treadmill at the gym over Theodora giving her performance of Leda and the Swan Zeus O God hahahah Many moments surprised, even for somebody who has a fairly good familiarity with the historical accounts of Theodora and Justinian.Speaking of which, where gaps existed in the historical accounts, Duffy did a spectacular job of bridging those gaps with plausible scenes, richly detailed and well executed, which linked the known bits of history with stronger and stronger chains as Duffy s skill with character and atmosphere took over.It was a truly fantastic book, beautiful and rich with superb character work and unforgettable voice My only regret in reading it is that I was planning my own take on the Theodora story, to be written a couple of years in the future, and I had been tinkering with the idea of using a certain totally fictional plot device that Duffy already beat me to Nuts I ll have to come up with something else I can t begrudge such a good author the theft of my idea years before I thought of it, of course because her book was such a pleasure to read.This book was SO CLOSE to being a 5 for me pretty rare in my historical fiction reads, as I am just as hard nosed about setting and accuracy as any other big time HF fan and I would have joyfully given it five, but for the occasional turn of phrase that pushed the anachronism envelope just a bit too far and plucked me out of the story But I was only out for a heartbeat, and then I was right back in again This one was first published in 2010, if I remember correctly, right at the beginning of the tidal wave of bizarre linguistic discrepancies that has washed over and swamped recent historical fiction What is UP with publishers doing this to HF I can only assume it s publishers calling for a beachier voice again, the influence of TOBG , because it s very difficult to imagine that Stella Duffy s otherwise gorgeous prose and careful attention to maintaining proper historical detail and atmosphere would allow for the infiltration of such modern language on its own, without the influence of a publisher who s panicking over an ever diminishing share of the market How do you get readers Appeal to a wider audience, goes the common thinking, and I guess a wider audience isn t capable of handling real feeling historical dialogue without the occasional okay thrown in Oh, publishers SMH Anyway, the rare breach of modern voice wasn t really that bad It certainly wasn t the most confusingly modernized HF I ve read It wasn t even the most modernized fiction about Theodora I ve read I noted on Stella Duffy s GR author page that HBO has optioned her Theodora novels to potentially produce as a mini series YAY I hope they do, as I ve loved HBO s handling of A Song of Ice and Fire also a series for which I am way too fannish and super nitpicky It would be a real pleasure to see the same team or a similar one bring this book to life on film.I am downloading the sequel, The Purple Shroud, at this moment and will gleefully carry it off to the gym as soon as I click Save on this review, so I can continue experiencing Duffy s fantastic, artfully portrayed, near perfect depiction of Constantinople and its amazing Augusta.Buy it and read it

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