The Vintner's Luck

The Vintner's Luck

Book - 1998
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A novel of angels, wine, and love without boundaries set in nineteenth-century Burgundy. One summer night in 1808, Sobran Jodeau sets out to drown his love sorrows in his family's vineyard. Drunk, he stumbles on an angel: "Someone had set a statue down on the ridge. Sobran blinked and swayed. For a second he saw what he knew--gilt, paint and varnish, the sculpted labial eye of a church statue. Then he swooned while still walking forward, and the angel stood quickly to catch him." Once he gets over his shock, Sobran decides that Xas, the male angel, is his guardian sent to counsel him on everything from marriage to wine production. But Xas turns out to be a far more mysterious character. A favorite of both God and Satan, he is, unlike other angels, allowed to go freely about the world, collecting earthly roses for his garden. Sobran and Xas agree to meet on this night every year of Sobran's life, and eventually man and angel fall in passionate love, complicating both their lives. Compelling and erotic, The Vintner's Luck explores a decidedly unorthodox love story as Sobran eventually comes to love and be loved by both Xas and the young Countess de Valday, his friend and employer at the neighboring chteau.
Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374283926
0374283923
Branch Call Number: FIC KNO
Characteristics: 283 p. ; 22 cm

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natpro
Aug 12, 2012

Some of this book was interesting. I was determined to get to the end of it, always reticent to not finish a book. I found some of the writing obtuse and hard to get my mind around, but perhaps that is just me.
I am not certain that the "alternative" lifestyle would have been accepted so readily in the period represented, but poetic licence extends...
Not not recommended, would be interested to read other comments.

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uncommonreader
Jul 27, 2012

A New Zealand writer. The book is set in 19th century France about being visited by an angel. Not recommended.

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