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In these brilliantly realized, linked tales, the real Venice is revealed - not the iconic tourist destination the city has become, but the mysterious society that resides behind its elegant doors and shuttered windows. With a sly and affectionate delicacy, Jane Turner Rylands, an American expatriate who has lived in Venice for thirty years, portrays a dozen Venetians- a construction foreman, a countess, a gondolier, a postman, an architect, a Baronessa, an English lord - as they pursue their respective interests. And in turn, through the perspective of those who live and work in this most alluring of cities, Venetian Stories illuminates canals and palazzos, churches and gondolas, large concerns and small rituals, with an uncommon intimacy.

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"Rylands's intricately worked mosaic will please anyone heading to Venice or dreaming of the next visit." Publishers Weekly

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"Engaging....Rylands writes with playful elegance and a crisp layer of understated wit." Los Angeles Times

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"Rylands' stories are like a teaspoon of grated Parmesan washed down with a swallow of hearty red wine. They're a discreet indulgence." Salon.com

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"Reading Venetian Stories is like taking a vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal....The pleasure is in the ride." Dallas Morning News

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"[F]or anyone who has been bewitched by Venice, the melancholy of Venetian Stories rings true, and it is, indeed, part of the enchantment of the stories and the remarkable city that inspired them." Seattle Times

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"Rylands...uses both keen observation and her vantage point as an outsider to create engaging characters. She is also wickedly funny when she exposes foibles and punctures pretentions." Library Journal

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"The reader slowly sees the never-ending circle of gossip, intrigue, and heart-wrenching stories of diminished wealth, uncertainty, and gloom that occurs in a city that will never again be what it once was, in a society that is, perhaps, as polluted as the Grand Canal itself." Booklist

About the Author

Jane Turner Rylands grew up in Ohio and graduated from The College of William and Mary in Virginia. She taught English for the University of Maryland's European division for seventeen years. She has lived in Venice since 1973 and is married to Philip Rylands, the director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032624
Author:
Rylands, Jane Turner
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.04x5.30x.68 in. .51 lbs.

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Product details 304 pages Anchor Books/Doubleday - English 9781400032624 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Rylands's intricately worked mosaic will please anyone heading to Venice or dreaming of the next visit." Publishers Weekly
"Review" by , "Engaging....Rylands writes with playful elegance and a crisp layer of understated wit."
"Review" by , "Rylands' stories are like a teaspoon of grated Parmesan washed down with a swallow of hearty red wine. They're a discreet indulgence."
"Review" by , "Reading Venetian Stories is like taking a vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal....The pleasure is in the ride."
"Review" by , "[F]or anyone who has been bewitched by Venice, the melancholy of Venetian Stories rings true, and it is, indeed, part of the enchantment of the stories and the remarkable city that inspired them."
"Review" by , "Rylands...uses both keen observation and her vantage point as an outsider to create engaging characters. She is also wickedly funny when she exposes foibles and punctures pretentions."
"Review" by , "The reader slowly sees the never-ending circle of gossip, intrigue, and heart-wrenching stories of diminished wealth, uncertainty, and gloom that occurs in a city that will never again be what it once was, in a society that is, perhaps, as polluted as the Grand Canal itself."
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