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Poison AUTHOR Kathryn Harrison Free read ¾ 108 ↠ Francisca de Luarac the daughter of a poor Spanish silk grower is a dreamer of fabulous dreams Marie Louise de Bourbon the niece of Louis XIV dances in slippers of fine Spanish silk in the French Court of the Sun King and imagines her own enchanted future Born on the same day in an ageEign the lives of these two young women unfold in tandem barely touching Each hoards the memory of her adored lost mother like an amulet Francisca's obsession with her lover a Catholic priest will shape her fate Marie Louise is yoked by political expediency to the mad impotent Carlos II of Spain But even as their twin destinies spiral. A novel set in Spain during the 1600s focusing half on ueen Marie Louise the French wife of Carlos II who is primarily famous today for being the most extreme example of Hapsburg inbreeding and he certainly suffered for his ancestors' choices and half on a young peasant woman imprisoned by the Spanish Inuisition I liked the parts about the ueen than the other character if only for the reason that the ueen's plot had actual characters and events rather than the ramblings of a solitary person under torture but by the end of the book I had lost interest in her tooI was annoyed by the abundance of historical inaccuracies the old story about Columbus being the first to prove the world is round the wrong dates for the use of laudanum descriptions of an extensive tunnel system dug by the Inuisition – I've never heard of this before but since the only reference I can find to it online comes from a horror movie I'm going to assume it's not exactly solid history but Harrison straight up says in her afterword that she wasn't so much writing about history as being vaguely inspired by it so I suppose I can't blame her for that And anyway the focus here isn't really about why anything happens; instead it's on themes of sin and guilt luxury and poverty and the love between a mother and child I personally would have been way interested in a book about how the Inuisition functioned or why people are drawn to such religious extremism but all that's here is THE SPANISH INUISITION SUCKED which thank you I had pretty much already figured outThe prose jumped around in time and freuently included sentence fragments or abruptly changing tenses There was also endless descriptions of dreams daydreams nightmares prophetic dreams fever dreams hallucinations half forgotten dreams repeated dreams etc etc until it was sometimes hard to tell what was actually happening and what was merely imagined by the characters In short it didn't work for me Which is too bad The first few pages were so promising

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Inexorably toward disaster both ueen and commoner cultivate a dangerous secret life dedicated to resistance transcendence and love Written in gorgeous prose that has the sheen of silk Kathryn Harrison's Poison vividly reminds us of the persistence of desire the passion that exists between mothers and daughters and the sorcery of drea. Beautifully written about love during the time of the Spanish Inuisiton and the danger in being a woman during a time when women and love were suspect Two parallel lives one a commoner in love with a priest the other a French princess married to the mad King Carlos II of Spain one destroyed because of love the other destroyed for lack of it The two main characters are so well developed you really feel you are conversing with them as they reminise about their lives as they near its end Beautiful

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Poison AUTHOR Kathryn HarrisFrancisca de Luarac the daughter of a poor Spanish silk grower is a dreamer of fabulous dreams Marie Louise de Bourbon the niece of Louis XIV dances in slippers of fine Spanish silk in the French Court of the Sun King and imagines her own enchanted future Born on the same day in an age when superstition repression and the Inuisition r. Set in seventeenth century Spain this book follows the stories of two women born on the same day but in very different circumstances Francisca is the daughter of an impoverished silk farmer accused of witchcraft and imprisoned by the Inuisition Maria Luisa is the ueen of Carlos II and a niece of Louis XIV miserable in her marriage and desperate to have a child The author scrambles up history over focuses on the nastier aspects of the time such as torture a fixation on breast milk and seeing how depraved and low everything is I hated this novel and can only give it two stars NOT recommended at all For the longer review please go here