Cry To Heaven
1982 First Edition. Signed by the author.
Publisher - Alfred A. Knopf, NY.
Cover is quarter bound in black coth and paper covered boards. Good condition.
Dust Jacket is present. Good condition.
End Papers are intact, white.
Main Text Body - 530Pages. Fine and clean.
End MAtters - Afterword.
Edges are even and unworn. Front edge is rough-cut.
Spine is tight with no gutter damage. Gilt lettering.
Page Structure is sound with no missing pages.
Set in eighteenth-century Italy, Cry to Heaven focuses on two characters, peasant-born Guido Maffeo, who is castrated at the age of six to preserve his soprano voice, and fifteen-year-old Tonio Treschi, the last son of a noble family from the Republic of Venice, whose father, Andrea, is a member of the Council of Three of La Serenissima. Although Guido becomes a star of the opera as a teenager, he loses his voice at eighteen, as many castrati did. After a suicide attempt, he becomes a music teacher in the Naples conservatorio. Tonio, on the other hand, learns that his older brother Carlo was exiled for embarrassing the family. Although Andrea attempts to cut Carlo out of the family, Carlo returns after Andrea's death, and plots to regain his original position. Revealing that Tonio is actually his illegitimate son, he has Tonio castrated, and sends him off with Guido to study in Naples.
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