The Stockholm Octavo

The Stockholm Octavo

Large Print - 2013
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One man’s fortune holds the key to a nation’s fate in this novel set in 18th-century Sweden.
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, A part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2013
Edition: Large Print ed
ISBN: 9781410456489
141045648X
Branch Call Number: LPF ENG NVD
Characteristics: 635 p. (large print) ; 23 cm

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betaylor52
Aug 05, 2015

very interesting !

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Pisinga
Mar 25, 2015

It is quite difficult to sort out how to read the cards in Octavo, based on explanations in this book. It seems to me that the book is too long, and hard to read the print because it's very small in this publication. It was interesting to learn about some pretty significant role played by fans in that period of history, and that some of those fans are considered works of art. It's hard to explain, but there is feeling of life in the book, despite the fact that these events took place in the 18th century.

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augsburgerin
Dec 23, 2014

Not the most satisfying read but it made me realize how much I enjoyed the Swedish TV series "Anno 1790" which takes place around the same time. So, if you liked the time period, I strongly recommend watching it.

ChristchurchLib Jul 24, 2014

Having risen from penniless orphan to salaried bureaucrat, sekretaire Emil Larsson has everything he needs to secure his position in society - except a suitable wife. When cardsharp, seer, and political activist Mrs. Sofia Sparrow promises to help him find love through a tarot card spread known as the Octavo, Emil eagerly accepts her offer. As Emil searches for the eight individuals depicted in the cards - one of whom is his destined true love, all of whom are fated to play a crucial role in Emil's success -- he unwittingly becomes enmeshed in the political intrigue surrounding King Gustav III's court. In addition to a colorful cast of characters and an intricate plot, this richly detailed debut, set in 1791 Stockholm, also depicts the cultural obsessions of the era, from the seductive art of the fan to the mystical geometry of cartomancy.
Historical Fiction July 2014 Newsletter.

JCLGreggW Jul 22, 2013

A wonderfully unclassifiable book that takes place in 18th Century Stockholm, Sweden, the "Venice of the North," where high culture, political intrigue, and commerce swirl. Caught in the middle is Emil Larsson, a low-level customs official who is told he needs to marry if he wants to keep his job. A committed bachelor who prefers gambling to the home life, he turns to a friend to lays out an Octavo, a tarot-like reading of his destiny. A search for true love quickly draws our hero into palace intrigue, including catching wind of a plot to assassinate the King of Sweden - and most importantly, we learn about the importance of a lady's fan. Delightful, absorbing, and with just the barest hint of the supernatural, this is a fun read for fans of historical fiction.

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finn75
May 23, 2013

Interesting characters but the story did feel longer than was needed.

debwalker Oct 16, 2012

"Conspiracy brews underneath the chandeliers and across the gaming tables of 18th-century Stockholm, in a debut novel alight with color and magic."
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