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by Jason Goodwin

  • ISBN: 0571239943
  • Category: Thriller & Mystery
  • Author: Jason Goodwin
  • Subcategory: Mystery
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Faber and Faber (2001)
  • FB2 size: 1234 kb
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  • Rating: 4.4
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Sarah crichton books. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. The Bellini card, by Jason Goodwin. 1st American ed. p. cm. ISBN-13: 978-0-374-11039-0 (hardcover : alk. paper).

Sarah crichton books. Sarah crichton books. 18 West 18th Street, New York 10011. Distributed in Canada by Douglas & McIntyre Ltd. Printed in the United States of America. Originally published in 2008 by Faber and Faber Lt. Great Britain. ISBN-10: 0-374-11039-5 (hardcover : alk. 1. Yashim (Fictitious character : Goodwin)-Fiction. 3. Art-Collectors and.

Now, in The Bellini Card, Jason Goodwin takes us back into his "intelligent, gorgeous and evocative" (The Independent on Sunday) world, as dazzling as a hall of mirrors and utterly compelling. Istanbul, 1840: the new sultan, Abdülmecid, has heard a rumor that Bellini's vanished masterpiece, a portrait of Mehmet the Conqueror, may have resurfaced in Venice. JASON GOODWIN is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Investigator Yashim series.

Jason Goodwin (born 1964) is an English writer and historian. He studied Byzantine history at Cambridge University

Jason Goodwin (born 1964) is an English writer and historian. He studied Byzantine history at Cambridge University.

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Goodwin’s is a gift akin to that of Jan Morris, the rare coming together of historical scholarship and curiosity about distant places with luminous writing.

The Bellini Card chosen by the Sunday Times as one of the 100 Best Crime & Thriller Novels since 1945 (12 May 2019). YASHIM COOKS ISTANBUL: Culinary Adventures in the Ottoman Kitchen. NPR’s best books of 2016. Shortlisted for The Guild of Food Writers First Book Award 2017. Popular Detective Series Gets Its Own Cookbook. Goodwin’s is a gift akin to that of Jan Morris, the rare coming together of historical scholarship and curiosity about distant places with luminous writing.

JASON GOODWIN is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Investigator Yashim series

JASON GOODWIN is the Edgar Award–winning author of the Investigator Yashim series. The first five books―The Janissary Tree, The Snake Stone, The Bellini Card, An Evil Eye, and The Baklava Club―have been published to international acclaim, alongside Yashim Cooks Istanbul, a cookbook of Ottoman Turkish recipes inspired by the series. Goodwin studied Byzantine history at Cambridge and is the author of Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire, among other award-winning nonfiction.

Last night he acted as if he couldn’t live without Bellini. There is compensation for everything.

The Bellini Card book. 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.

Reviews about Bellini Card (7):
I enjoyed this entry in the series, and believe it would be enjoyed by those who haven't read the previous books.

Count Palewiski was a minor character in the previous 2 books, but here has a more prominent role. I thought he rose to the occasion. He's not as talented as his friend Yashim is, but that makes him more relatable to me. I was touched by the fact that, after so many years in Istanbul, it took a stay in Venice to make him realize his true home is no longer Poland.

Poor Palewiski doesn't seem very convincing in his guise as an American, but luckily for him the people he meets are even less well informed about the country or NYC. And he's too trusting of the people he meets in Venice, but Yashim shows up in time to straighten things out. All ends as well as could be expected.

It was fascinating though somewhat disheartening to read about what Venice and its population were like under Austrian rule. It had become a backwater, commercially as well as physically. The author plays with the similarities and contrasts by giving Donna Leon's Brunetti an counterpart Brunelli [perhaps an ancestor with a spelling change over the years]] with an incompetent Austrian boss.

The plot did get awfully complicated toward the end. I found going back to these pages to be helful: 213-18, 244, 258-68, 272-end. [These are the pages in the hardback edition.] There WERE a couple of minor things that didn't make sense and at least one improbable coincidence [about the contessa's child], but all in all a very satisfying novel.
This third book in the Yashim series shows us, as usual, that Mr. Goodwin is a thorough historical researcher, so the great tidbits of life in both Istanbul and Venice constitute a true pleasure and result in my rating of two stars. As a novelist, however, Mr. Goodwin is showing himself to be less and less skilled. This plot is far too tricky, even for Mr. Goodwin to untangle. Furthermore, this author repeatedly violates the basic rule of good novel writing: "SHOW the reader, don't tell the reader." In his first two novels of this series, Mr. Goodwin made us really love Yashim, his cohorts and his exotic setting, so we look forward to new Yashim tales. Obviously, readers worldwide do, as well. But Mr. Goodwin needs to stop writing novels by the seat of his pants, now that he has a good series going, and start mastering the craft of good written storytelling. His loyal readers deserve much better plotting and writing. Finally, I think Mr. Goodwin is probably pretty lucky that Donna Leon has not sued him for shamelessly stealing her famous Venetian cop, Guido Brunetti, for this particular book and concocting a near-carbon-copy ... named Brunelli, would you believe? Please. Plagiarism is just not clever or amusing.
This is the third book in Jason Goodwin's Yashim the investigator series, and in some ways the weakest so far. Goodwin keeps his great sense of place even in shifting the action of this novel to Venice instead of Istanbul. In fact, he largely succeeds in portraying La Serenissima as an historical suburb of Constantinople, an empire that temporarily borrowed the culture and glory of Byzantium for what turned out to be a brief flowering.

The 19th century Venice described here is a poor and decaying place, stifled by the Austrian occupation. The moral corruption equals the physical, which Goodwin renders well by contrasting the stagnant Venetian lagoon and its ill humors with the clean, bracing air of the Bosphorus. It is a time of transition in the Ottoman empire, too, as a young, new Sultan leads the Turkish empire into its final decline.

Yashim remains an appealing character, but unfortunately Goodwin chose to make Palewsky the center of attention for most of the novel. This Polish ambassador without a country, the closest thing Yashim has to a Dr. Watson, has always been a weak and poorly drawn character. Nor is Goodwin able to use this opportunity to flesh him out. He remains a dull and largely dull-witted personality.

There are other flaws. Goodwin introduces a courtesan who Palewsky's guide hires to warm his bed. She of course turns out to be a wonderful person, which is already a stretch, but she apparently, despite her profession, lives at home as a well-respected member of her family and a devout churchgoer. Sorry, can't suspend my disbelief that much.

Goodwin seems to delight in having his eunuch detective bed the beauty in each book, without probing into the physical and emotional sensitivities this entails. They are invariably enamored of him for reasons the reader is left to guess at. The byzantine plot is even murkier than usual this time. The final climactic scene -- Yashim's hand to hand fight with a Tatar in the mud of a canal trench emptied for dredging -- matches the earlier books with struggles in a tannery and large underground cistern, but is hard to follow.

Goodwin clearly wanted to vary the formula a bit by changing venues. We still have Yashim cooking his lovely Ottoman concoctions, still have the obligatory visit to the valide -- the original Sultan's mother and grandmother to the new Sultan, and the Greek vegetable vendor whose dialogue is incongruously rendered in ungrammatical English. A little more variation might have helped. Goodwin seems more attached to these little rituals than his readers might be.

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