Book View: The Wager

Book View: The WagerThe Wager by Donna Jo Napoli
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on April 27th 2010
Pages: 272

Don Giovanni was once the wealthiest and handsomest young man in Messina. Then a tidal wave changed everything. When a well-dressed stranger offers him a magical purse, he knows he shouldn’t take it. Only the devil would offer a deal like this, and only a fool would accept.

Don Giovanni is no fool, but he is desperate. He takes the bet: he will not bathe for 3 years, 3 months, and 3 days. Beauty is a small price to pay for worldly wealth, isn’t it? Unless he loses the wager—and with it his soul.

Set against the stunning backdrop of ancient Sicily, Donna Jo Napoli’s new novel is a powerful tale about discovering what truly matters most.

Short & Sweet: I have to say, I'm a big fan of Napoli's writing and this book did not let me down in that aspect. I loved the tale of a man who once had everything becomes reduced to nothing and even makes a deal with the devil to get back his riches. Along the path though he finds out what true friendship is and how beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I love the lesson learned within this novel and how it ended.
Final Verdict: I highly suggest this one for those who like historically set folk tales and great character development.
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