The Sixteen Pleasures

By Robert Hellenga

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When book conservator Margo Harrington goes to Florence to aid in restoring the treasures damaged in the flooding of the Arno in 1966, she is entrusted with a rare book that its owner, the abbess of a convent, hopes to sell without the bishop's knowledge. (Nancy Pearl) When book conservator Margo Harrington goes to Florence to aid in restoring the treasures damaged in the flooding of the Arno in 1966, she is entrusted...

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May 1st 1995 by Delta

(first published May 1st 1994)

Edition Language
English

Quotes From "The Sixteen Pleasures"

"He doesn't believe in talking too much about art, especially while you're looking at it. The pressure to appreciate is the great enemy of actual enjoyment. Most people don't know what they like because they feel obligated to like so many different things. They feel they're supposed to be overwhelmed, so instead of looking, they spend their time thinking up something to say, something intelligent, or at least clever."
"Death was a lens that would reveal things as they really were: what was important would assume its true importance; what was unimportant would recede into the shadows."
"Nah," I said to myslef, crumpling up the note, "Non vale il pene"."
"You won't know true happiness ... till you give up your heart's desire."

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