The fabulous debut novel by new international talent Azhar Abidi, "Passarola Rising" is a deftly written picaresque tale filled with evocative detail, adventure, and suspense. Set in eighteenth-century Europe, it tells the story of Bartolomeu and Alexandre Louren'o, who use their airship, the "Passarola," to escape the strictures of the Church, the suspicion of the government, and the intellectually stultifying climate of Lisbon. As they venture from the salons and bordellos of "ancien r'gime" Paris to the desolate far reaches of the North Pole, the brothers Louren'o encounter some of the most colorful characters of the European Enlightenment, including the loquacious Voltaire and the irascible King Stanislaus of Poland.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - veracite - LibraryThing
A lovely plot, beautiful imagery, clever but over too fast, I think. I'm not sure if this is because I had a solid two hours to fill and read it without breaks or because it touches on interesting ... Read full review
PASSAROLA RISINGUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
A Brazilian-born priest who explores the far reaches of earth and the heavens is the subject of this diverting debut novel, the work of a Pakistani-born Australian author.The learned cleric is ... Read full review