Book Beginnings & The Friday 56: Galileo’s Daughter (+Book Blogger Hop)

Book Beginnings is hosted by Rose City Reader. The weekly post goes up every Thursday and bloggers can add their links all week.

Today I am featuring my current audiobook, Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith and Love by Dava Sobel. It begins with a letter from Galileo’s oldest daughter, born of his affair with Marina Gamba of Venice. In the letter, she offers her condolences for the death of his sister (her aunt). The letter is dated the 10th of May, 1623, and written from her convent in San Matteo.

Most Illustrious Lord Father 

We are terribly saddened by the death of your cherished sister, our dear aunt; but our sorrow at losing her is as nothing compared to our concern for your sake, because your suffering will be all the greater, Sire, as truly you have no one else left in your world, now that she, who could not have been more precious to you, has departed, and therefore we can only imagine how you sustain the severity of such a sudden and completely unexpected blow. 

This is the first of 124 letters from their correspondence. Her name was Virginia, and she adopted the name Maria Celeste when she became a nun, “in a gesture that acknowledged her father’s fascination with the stars.”

She alone of Galileo’s three children mirrored his own brilliance, industry, and sensibility, and by virtue of these qualities became his confidante. 


For the Friday 56, I am sharing a snippet from 56% in the audiobook. Galileo’s attempts to get his Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems approved for publication are interrupted by the arrival of the Black Death, as the deadly plague that had spread through Milan and Turin over the past year moved south to invade the city of Florence.” 
The Friday 56 is hosted by Freda’s Voice


Book Blogger Hop has a new question every Friday. This is my first time answering one.

Question for March 22nd–28th: Do you read along with your audiobooks?

Answer: Usually not, but sometimes (as in this case) I have the print book or ebook
as a reference. The ebook is searchable so I can go back and forth. (Most of my audiobooks are library downloads.) I read along with shorter audiobooks sometimes, like plays or poetry.

Published by Beth @ Beth's Bookish Thoughts

This blog is for my thoughts on reading. A couple of my friends on GoodReads have blogs, so eventually I decided to start one myself. I hope to get involved in the book blogging community and become a better reader and writer! I am not accepting copies of new books for review, but I would be interested in new editions or new translations of classic authors. Find me on Upwork (as an editor) in the profile link. From September 2018 to October 2020 I blogged at Blogger.

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