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sherriberri, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by sherriberri)
Plain and simple, this book encouraged me to visit Venice, and when I was able to set foot in that eternal city I was not disappointed.

Mr Berendt's description of the area and surrounding islands (including Murano & San Michele), his research and history & the true-to-life characters included in this story were so vivid, I could picture them in my mind's eye. Down to habitant's wrinkles, Carnivale costumes and canals, this is one book you should not overlook. Even if you're not planning to visit Venice, you will definitely be enchanted by 'City of Falling Angels.'

Highly recommended!
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Vendela, December 2, 2006 (view all comments by Vendela)
This is one of the most exciting books I've read in a long time. It satisfies the need for buzz and gossip as well as a love of history and place. Venice and it's opera house are the prime characters and if you love Italy, and in particular Venice's mystery, beauty and aura, this is a book you will not put down. Berendt's humor and reverence for this place addresses literary, political and social figures. If any negative comment, it left me wanting to know much more about Venice and the creatures that roam its canals and bridges. The book also made me want to go back to my favorite place in Italy to explore it through new eyes.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143036937
Author:
Berendt, John
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel, Italy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
8.32x5.10x.80 in. .70 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 432 pages Penguin Books - English 9780143036937 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Once again John Berendt proves he is a powerful magnet for eccentrics. With clever proficiency, Berendt depicts for readers a host of quirky characters, providing an exclusive glimpse into the Venice you won't see as a tourist. Gossipy yet wholly entertaining, this mix of personal stories and social intrigue pivot around the fiery destruction of the Fenice, the historic Venice opera house. The city's art and architecture unfold alongside the mystery of the fire; Berendt's gifted eye and pen captures it all.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Once again John Berendt proves he is a powerful magnet for eccentrics. With clever proficiency, Berendt depicts for readers a host of quirky characters, providing an exclusive glimpse into the Venice you won't see as a tourist. Gossipy yet wholly entertaining, this mix of personal stories and social intrigue pivot around the fiery destruction of the Fenice, the historic Venice opera house. The city's art and architecture unfold alongside the mystery of the fire; Berendt's gifted eye and pen captures it all.

"Staff Pick" by ,

Once again John Berendt proves he is a powerful magnet for eccentrics. With clever proficiency, Berendt depicts for readers a host of quirky characters, providing an exclusive glimpse into the Venice you won't see as a tourist. Gossipy yet wholly entertaining, this mix of personal stories and social intrigue pivot around the fiery destruction of the Fenice, the historic Venice opera house. The city's art and architecture unfold alongside the mystery of the fire; Berendt's gifted eye and pen captures it all.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "It's taken Berendt ten years follow up his long-running bestseller, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. In lieu of Savannah, he offers us Venice, another port city full of eccentric citizens and with a long, colorful history. Like the first book, this one has a trial at the its center: Berendt moves to Venice in 1997, just three days after the city's famed Fenice opera house burns down during a restoration. The Venetian chattering classes, among whom Berendt finds a home, want to know whether it was an accident or arson. Initially, Berendt investigates, but is soon distracted by the city's charming denizens. Early on, he's warned, 'Everyone in Venice is acting,' which sets the stage for fascinating portraits: a master glassblower creating an homage to the fire in vases, an outspoken surrealist painter, a tenacious prosecutor and others. As the infamous Italian bureaucracy drags out the investigation, Berendt spends more time schmoozing with the expatriate community in long discussions about its role in preserving local art, culture and architecture. By the time the Fenice is rebuilt and reopens, Berendt has delivered an intriguing mosaic of modern life in Venice, which makes for first-rate travel writing, albeit one that lacks a compelling core story to keep one reading into the night. Agent, Suzanne Gluck. (On sale Sept. 27)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "[Berendt] uses the personal stories of the wide variety of individuals with whom he became acquainted...not only to enrich but also to personalize his account. This is journalism at its most accomplished; it is creative nonfiction as enveloping and heart embracing as good fiction."
"Review" by , "Once again, Mr. Berendt makes erudite, inquisitive, nicely skeptical company as he leads the reader through the shadows of what was heretofore better known as a tourist attraction. [A]n urbane, beautifully fashioned book with much exotic charm."
"Review" by , "Here again, [Berendt] allows what had once seemed the central fact of his narrative to unfold so gradually...that eventually it is reduced to just one more scene in a vast and sweeping tableau."
"Review" by , "[T]he story of the Venice fire and its aftermath is exceptionally interesting, the cast of characters is suitably various and flamboyant, and Berendt's prose, now as then, is precise, evocative and witty."
"Review" by , "Absorbed separately, the stories [Berendt] tells can be fascinating. But his failure to bind them together for a discernible purpose keeps [the book] from being magical."
"Review" by , "The City of Falling Angels works because this is a book about flesh-and-blood, flawed, larger-than-life human beings...and the flawed, larger-than-life city they are all proud to call their home."
"Review" by , "Isolated, beautiful, decadent, often seen as doomed by the rising waters that surround it, Venice has bewitched writers for centuries. Clearly under its spell, Berendt skillfully shares the city's magic in his splendid new book."
"Review" by , "Berendt returns with another nonfiction thriller....What emerges is an intimate portrait of a city that has survived floods, government corruption, decay, rising water levels, invasions, and attempts by international organizations to 'save' it — all while remaining a bastion of art and a place of unique beauty."
"Review" by , "An intriguing tour of mysterious Venice and its most fascinating residents."
"Review" by , "Berendt writes so gracefully and with such a sharp eye for the telling, catty detail that you probably won't mind [the lack of a splashy overarching narrative]. (Grade: A-)"
"Synopsis" by , The author of "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" returns after a decade to offer, in his inimitable style, an intimate look at the "magic, mystery, and decadence" of the city of Venice and its inhabitants. (Foreign Travel)
"Synopsis" by ,
Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling Angels is Berendt's first book since Midnight, and it immediately reminds one what all the fuss was about. Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.
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