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No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Veniceby Judith Martin and Eric Denker
Synopses & Reviews
The definitive manual for the hopeless Venetophile.
Love of Venice can strike anyone, not just romantic wusses. Among the toughies with serious cases were Lord Byron, Richard Wagner, Ezra Pound, and Ernest Hemingway. Symptoms include:
"In a good-natured guide for die-hard 'Venetophiles,' author and etiquette guru Martin focuses not on the stunning Byzantine architecture of this Italian city but on the unique personality of Venetians themselves. While this fun-to-read paean to the sybaritic delights of la Serenissima offers a compelling window into the city's social history, it should come as no surprise that the author of Miss Manners' Guide to Excruciatingly Correct Behavior is most interested in schooling her readers on how to comport themselves in a city still long on Old World charm and cultural mores. Martin is quick to point out that even the most illustrious tourists (including former Venice visitors Tennyson, Tchaikovsky and Twain) need a bit of good-natured advice on how to present themselves ('Hat etiquette is strict') and interact with others ('Making poetic observations ... should be resisted at any cost'). Martin also dips an enthusiastic toe into the rich history of Venetian food and drink ('Veneto's prosecco is not just cheaper than champagne but better'), painting, poetry and party-going, making the book perfect for a swift, semi-intellectual overview of Venice that goes several steps deeper than the average tourist guide." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Neither travel guide nor memoir, this paean to Venice is diverting enough, but Martin flits across topics too quickly to enlighten. Her observations are usually interesting, frequently enlightening, and always amusing, though at times too fey." Library Journal
Book News Annotation:
Martin, a.k.a. Miss Manners, presents a guide to Venice that is both an homage to the city and a manual for "Venetophiles" to navigating it. She describes--through narrative--getting around, dress, food and drink, customs, history, famous people who have visited, and depictions of Venice, among other details. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Love of Venice can strike anyone, not just romantic wusses. Among the toughies with serious cases were Lord Byron, Richard Wagner, Ezra Pound, and Ernest Hemingway. There is no cure for this affliction. This is a guide to managing it. 35 illustrations.
About the Author
Martin has become the best known etiquette in the country. Her thrice-weekly syndicated column appears in over 200 North American newspapers, and she is called on regularly by all media to put the civility slant on news.
Denker is Curator of Prints and Drawings at The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
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