As Julia starts to discover herself, she makes new friends, and becomes engrossed in the restoration of a little known chapel, which features paintings of the story of Tobias and the Angel Raphael, an odd mystical tale from the Apocrypha, with its roots in Zoroastrianism. Her modern life in Venice becomes a slanted mirror of the Tobias tale, with some of her new friends paralleling the lives of characters from the Tobias story.
|Loving the natty dress of Antonio del Pollaiolo's Tobias and the Angel|
A great novel for fans of Barbara Pym, an enchanting tale, and one of the best fictional evocations of Venice I've ever read. Absolutely charming.