BlogHer Book Club: Theodora

Yay! It’s BlogHer Book Club time. It seems that with each of the books selected, I end up revealing some sort of book reading quirk. I don’t like books where you know what happens at the end from the beginning. If a book starts with an event and then goes back in time, I want the event come back up again less than halfway through the book. I also avoid reading reviews and back covers for the same reason. I guess you could say I am more interested in the what than the how.

The full title of this book is Theodora Actress, Empress, Whore. Well, needless to say, the title of the book doesn’t leave much to the imagination. I would have liked this book so much more if the title was just Theodora. I can’t be the only person that this sort of thing drives insane. I would also like to point out that Theodora is an historical figure, so some one versed in classical history would know the story, but I did not. And it marred the experience. But, it does make for a catchy title.

The book is well written and a quick read. The author, Stella Duffy, weaves a gripping story of a young girl’s journey through life. Born in to a performing family in a caste society, Theodora is skilled actress who, under the tutelage of a demanding teacher, rose to the top of her field. Performing for huge audience an the applause of thousands was not enough for her and she followed her heart across the sea.

Theodora Actress Empress Whore tells of an amazing journey of womanhood and the story of someone who rises above her station in life to achieve more than she ever dreamed.


This was a paid review for BlogHer Book Club but the opinions expressed are my own.

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2 Responses to “BlogHer Book Club: Theodora”

  1. Suz says:

    Ooh good review. I like yours better than mine. I agree that the title gives stuff away, but it didn’t ruin it for me. It made me want to know the details behind that & how she came to be “actess, empress, whore”.


    Amy Reply:

    Thanks! I liked the book a lot, I was worried that didn’t come through very well. I just feel like I might have liked it more if I didn’t know how it ended.


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