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by Jack Dann

The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo DA Vinci download ebook
ISBN:
0732257190
ISBN13:
978-0732257194
Author:
Jack Dann
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd; First Edition edition (March 7, 1997)
Pages:
511 pages
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1843 kb
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1618 kb
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Genre Fiction
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Rating:
4.7

The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci is a 1995 historical fantasy fiction novel by Jack Dann. It follows Leonardo da Vinci constructing his flying machine and then travelling to the East.

The Memory Cathedral: A Secret History of Leonardo da Vinci is a 1995 historical fantasy fiction novel by Jack Dann.

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His historical fiction novel about Leonardo da Vinci, The Memory Cathedral, won the 1996 Australian Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel and was number one on the Age bestseller list. His novella 'Da Vinci Rising', which integrates several sections of The Memory Cathedral with some new material, won the 1996 Nebula Award, making him the first Australian resident to win this award. He has received the Australian Aurealis Award twice, the Ditmar Award three times, and the World Fantasy Award.

His entrance into the cathedral takes him back, in memory, to the years of his apprenticeship in Florence. There, we find the 25-year-old Leonardo establishing a reputation as artist and engineer and falling in love with a young woman betrothed to a wealthy older man. He's also working on plans for a flying machine, and the Medicis, who are planning war against the papal states, have expressed an interest in its military potential. At this point, Dann takes advantage of a gap in the known details of Leonardo's life, and sends him to the Orient-as military advisor to the Caliph of Syria, employing his inventions (including the flying machine, which finally works) in war against the Turks.

The memory cathedral. a secret history of Leonardo da Vinci. by Jack Dann Secret history of Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci. Published 1995 by Bantam Books in New York. Fiction, Artists, Biographical fiction, Protected DAISY, In library. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). Secret history of Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci. xiii, 485 p. : Number of pages.

In 1476, Leonardo da Vinci, on the verge of his twenty-fourth birthday, was named .

In 1476, Leonardo da Vinci, on the verge of his twenty-fourth birthday, was named as one of four men who had practiced such wickedness with the seventeen-year-old apprentice of a local goldsmith. There is little doubt that Leonardo was arrested. The most up-to-date if occasionally dismaying aspect of the book is its framing as a self-help guide, along the lines of How Leonardo Can Change Your Life. One story has it that the drawing was part of a secret cache of obscene Leonardo material held in the Royal Collection at Windsor Castle. The works were allegedly stolen, in the nineteenth century, prompting not legal prosecution but relief.

Online version: Dann, Jack. New York : Bantam Books, 1995 (OCoLC)605068744. Responsibility: by Jack Dann. Named Person: Leonardo, da Vinci; Leonardo, da Vinci; Leonardo, da Vinci. Material Type: Fiction. Abstract: What if the 15th Century artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci, did not stop with his design, but actually built his flying machine? That is what happens in this novel, except that da Vinci's dream is realized not in Italy, but in Syria where he becomes military adviser to the caliph in a war with the Turks. By the author of The Man Who Melted.

In a magnificent and daring new novel that triumphantly blends fact and fiction, Jack Dann offers his own thrilling secret history of a lost year in Leonardo da Vinci's life. five hundred years before the Wright brothers legendary flight at Kitty Hawk? show more.

A recreation of the world of Renaissance Italy, following Leonardo as he sets out on a mythic journey to a destiny - and an adventure - that might have been.
Reviews:
  • Justie
Not fully dine with the book, what I have read it is really good. It goves you a good image of what the era it is sent in also you get to see how they talk back in that era also. Highly recommended
  • Weetont
The Memory Cathedral is a fantasy disguised as a historical novel. The disguise is very convincing--author Jack Dann has done a great job setting the scenes of his story. In Italy we have torchlight processions, raving mobs, daggers and poisons, sunny Tuscan uplands, cluttered artists' studios, decadent nobility, and etc. In the Levantine lands, we have double- and triple-crosses, parades of cavalry, sumptuous banquets of whole beasts on rice, scheming slavegirls, wholesale slaughter of innocents, and so on.
We also have an improbably gifted hero, only our belief is willingly suspended because Leonardo really was improbably gifted. In this novel, he is not the emotionless man of impersonal genius we think of today. Rather, he is very like his fellows: a man of hot italianate passions, excelling in many fields like most of his colleagues did. One feels upon reflection that the real Leonardo must have seemed thus to people around him--maybe more single-minded in his work, maybe a few shades more accomplished in his art, but not seeming out of place in the Renaissance, a time when "a man may do all things if he will." It was only later that Leonardo was esteemed as a genius practically from another world.
There is plenty of action, lust, and intrigue, some of it bumping up against many readers' comfort threshold. These, and the marvelous scene setting, carry the novel's entertainment value. The character development is strictly standard fantasy fare. The bonds between the characters are shown mainly by having one group set off somewhere, and another character demanding to be allowed to go along. Suspense is achieved by having Leonardo demand to know where somebody is, or where he himself is being taken. He also, despite receiving frequent veiled and unveiled death threats from the powerful, becomes their trusted confidant.
So if this sounds interesting, go ahead and enjoy it. The weaknesses were not apparent to me until second reading, so strong were the book's strengths. I shall remember this feat of imagination for a long time.
  • Steel_Blade
This book caught my eye because of its interesting premise: What if Leonardo Da Vinci's flying machine had really been created and had worked? This is an obviously well-researched, albeit far-fetched, study of the life of this great visionary of the Renaissance. I must say that it was the historical detail in this novel that kept me with it. It was otherwise saturated in blood, sex, and death. Dann's style of writing is fairly decent - and the book offers a unique peek into the life of the great Leonardo Da Vinci. Yet, no matter how well you love history, you had better stay away from this one if you get queasy by the sight of blood.
  • Hatе&love
I am writing this review so that I can award the book 5 stars. No one else has done so. I plan to re-read it soon.
  • Magis
I wish I could say something constructive about this book, but, frankly, I can't.

This essentially is a volume of poorly researched, sloppy writing and embarassing sex scenes that made me cringe. Few of the events are even remotely possible, and the chronology is muddled and malaligned. I strongly discourage buying it.