Different cultures in the book

Use this forum to discuss the June 2018 Book of the Month"The Girl Who Knew da Vinci" by Belle Ami
Posts: 200
Joined: 20 Mar 2018, 11:47
Currently Reading: Bomb Goggles
Bookshelf Size: 50
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-420waystoreachthesun.html
Latest Review: The Complete Thief Series: Boxed Set by Michael Dirubio

Re: Different cultures in the book

Post by 420waystoreachthesun » 29 Jun 2018, 23:51

I actually did pay attention to the clothing, and yes, there were a lot of elements that spoke of different cultures, the main one being attire.

User avatar
Posts: 53
Joined: 26 Apr 2018, 17:06
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 39
Favorite Book: Magic Shifts
Currently Reading: El honor perdido de Katharina Blum
Bookshelf Size: 463
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-cristal2408.html
Latest Review: Becoming the Dragon by Alex Sapegin
Reading Device: B00TSUGXKE

Post by Cristal2408 » 30 Jun 2018, 01:35

I love how different cultured can be conveyed. It is really fascinating and talks about the author's compromise in researching for the book's sake.
It's no use to go back to yesterday... I was a different person then.---Lewis Carrol from Alice in Wonderland

User avatar
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 7721
Joined: 25 Oct 2014, 09:52
2017 Reading Goal: 52
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 50
Favorite Book: The Lost Continent
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 321
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bookowlie.html
Latest Review: The Dating Policy by Suzanne Eglington

Post by bookowlie » 30 Jun 2018, 08:46

420waystoreachthesun wrote:
29 Jun 2018, 23:51
I actually did pay attention to the clothing, and yes, there were a lot of elements that spoke of different cultures, the main one being attire.
I didn't realize notice the descriptions of the clothing. There was just so much going in the book that I think some of the descriptions got "lost in the crowd" for me.
"I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship" - Louisa May Alcott

User avatar
Posts: 285
Joined: 02 Feb 2018, 16:01
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 40
Currently Reading: Call Me Pomeroy
Bookshelf Size: 146
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-dorcastoo.html
Latest Review: In Pursuit of The Pale Prince by Mark Wallace

Post by DorcasToo » 13 Jul 2018, 07:52

Morganncall wrote:
20 Jun 2018, 14:26
One of my favorite cultural elements to look at is food. Food is always an indicator of time period, culture, and social status. When the characters eat, it says a lot about who, and where they are.
Very true the best tool to use when blending different cultures.
He lays me besides still waters. He prepares a banquet before my enemies.
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I shall not fear.
For the Lord is my Shepherd

User avatar
Posts: 907
Joined: 28 Apr 2018, 20:19
2018 Reading Goal: 30
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 80
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 41
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-laurenhaupt.html
Latest Review: Heartaches 3 by H.M. Irwing

Post by LaurenHaupt » 13 Jul 2018, 08:55

What type of food they are eating. How they're dressed.

User avatar
Posts: 413
Joined: 16 May 2018, 08:40
2018 Reading Goal: 29
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 89
Favorite Book: My Trip To Adele
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 139
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-chelhack.html
Latest Review: It's Hard to Be a Vampire by Viktoria Faust
Reading Device: B00I15SB16

Post by chelhack » 13 Jul 2018, 21:21

I think that the different cultural aspects make the book that much better.
Chelsea N. Hackett

User avatar
Posts: 354
Joined: 04 Feb 2018, 15:59
2018 Reading Goal: 200
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 22
Currently Reading: Everything Solid Has a Shadow
Bookshelf Size: 54
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-bukari.html
Latest Review: The Cult Next Door by Elizabeth R. Burchard, Judith L. Carlone

Post by Bukari » 14 Jul 2018, 02:28

Definitely, these names bring to we the readers the admiration that the author of the book has for the culture of different categories of people.
Yes, I have a dream! A dream that I will never give up.

User avatar
Posts: 684
Joined: 17 Mar 2018, 23:24
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 124
Currently Reading: McDowell
Bookshelf Size: 379
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-valbookreviews.html
Latest Review: Superhighway 2 by Alex Fayman

Post by ValBookReviews » 17 Jul 2018, 07:00

I find that the mention of French traveling, French cuisines, etc. is another aspect of cultures in the book.
"And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life". (Revelation 20:12 (NKJV) :reading-7:

User avatar
Posts: 995
Joined: 19 Jan 2018, 13:32
Currently Reading: Bitroux
Bookshelf Size: 32
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-crediblereading2.html
Latest Review: SSN Seadragon by J P Ronald

Post by crediblereading2 » 18 Jul 2018, 11:25

Food, clothing, and transportation are good indicators of cultural timespan.

Anthony Martial Tata
Posts: 145
Joined: 08 Jul 2018, 23:44
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 15
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-anthony-martial-tata.html
Latest Review: White Jaguar by Preben Orman

Post by Anthony Martial Tata » 22 Jul 2018, 14:53

Acknowledgement of cultural diversity is healthy for a book plot development. It enlightens the readers on the traditions of various people.

User avatar
Posts: 470
Joined: 26 Apr 2018, 11:04
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 160
Favorite Book: Will's Red Coat
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 80
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-britty01.html
Latest Review: Apollo's Raven by Linnea Tanner
Reading Device: B00KC6I06S

Post by Britty01 » 02 Aug 2018, 22:10

Clothing, Food, wine, restaurants, living accommodation, method of transportation, personal tastes and interests all reveal something about the culture.

Posts: 95
Joined: 01 Aug 2018, 14:56
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 7
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-pixiequeer.html
Latest Review: Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes

Post by pixiequeer » 05 Aug 2018, 16:32

The names were definitely an indicator, but also the foods, the places, the language (the use of people speaking in Italian), the clothes. Overall, the author did a wonderful job with this.

When she was describing the different people of the different times, she beautifully described what they were wearing, which is part of what made me feel like I was living in those times myself.

David Horta Alonso
Posts: 237
Joined: 28 Jul 2018, 12:57
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 12
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-david-horta-alonso.html
Latest Review: Heartaches 2 by H.M. Irwing

Post by David Horta Alonso » 11 Aug 2018, 00:58

Museum Uffizi, has a lot of portraits that says a lot about the people's culture. There are artefacts from various ethnicities and regions.

User avatar
Posts: 107
Joined: 19 Jul 2018, 06:43
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 18
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-facennagoss.html
Latest Review: Roadmap to the End of Days by Daniel Friedmann

Post by Facennagoss » 21 Aug 2018, 16:16

bookowlie wrote:
24 Jun 2018, 15:53
It's true that different foods and names are clues to a specific culture and time period. Also, the job Angela held was a clue it was the present day as I can't imagine women would have been given a professional job like art historian in the 1400's or even the 1940's.
The job certainly gives away the time period but looking at Angela’s character that seems to weaken over time and how she becomes dependant on a man does seem to suggest the opposite...

User avatar
Posts: 122
Joined: 20 Jul 2018, 17:01
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 38
Reviewer Page: onlinebookclub.org/reviews/by-rt-offscript.html
Latest Review: Raven's Peak by Lincoln Cole

Post by RT_offscript » 13 Sep 2018, 13:44

Thank you for bringing up the "Different cultures in the book" topic. Like some of you, I did not give the topic much thought beforehand.

Although Belle Ami provided hints of different cultures and time periods with the characters' names, outfits, job descriptions, and traveling modalities, I think that the author truly excelled in her descriptions of food and wine to help readers know the locations of the characters.

Ami also masterfully choose to use historical figures (i.e. Leonardo Da Vinci) and well-known events (i.e. World War II). By doing so, the author did not need to thoroughly describe the background scenery or setting; and the readers can quickly determine the different time periods throughout the novel.

Post Reply

Return to “Discuss "The Girl Who Knew da Vinci" by Belle Ami”