The Glassblower of Murano

The Glassblower of Murano - Marina Fiorato Marina Fiorato's "The Glassblowers of Murano" is somewhat uneven. The chapters which deal with old world Venice are fascinating, but the modern-day chapters constitute a somewhat pedestrian romance.The protagonist, Leonora Manin, is an American glassblower who visits Venice to learn more about her ancestor, a glassblower named Corradino. The historical sections of the book, dealing with Corradino's life, are well-researched and quite fascinating. I learned a great deal about the art of glassblowing, and the techniques employed to create mirrors during the Italian Renaissance (just to name one example).However, the chapters that dealt with Leonora, and her romance with a Venetian policeman, were predictable and fell a little flat. Furthermore, her dealings with chauvinistic craftsmen painted stereotypes of both Americans and Italians that did not sit well with me at all.(Review based on Advance Readers' Edition.)