Synopses & Reviews
The return of a beloved classic, from the bestselling author of The Princess Bride
Once upon a time, the gondoliers of Venice possessed the finest voices in all the world. But, alas, few remember those days and fewer still were ever blessed to hear such glorious singing. No one since has discovered the secret behind the sudden silence of the golden-voiced gondoliers. No one, it seems, but S. Morgenstern. Now Morgenstern recounts the sad and noble story of the ambitions, frustrations, and eventual triumph of Luigi, the gondolier with the goony smile.
Here, in this brilliantly illustrated exposition of the surprising facts behind this all-but-forgotten mystery, S. Morgenstern reveals the fascinating truths about John the Bastard, Laura Lorenzini, the centenarian Cristaldi the Pickle, Enrico Caruso, Porky XII, the Great Sorrento, the Queen of Corsica and of course, the one and only Luigi. His tale will captivate you as much as his song!
A quirky, funny, offbeat fable by the author of The Princess Bride is now available in a new trade paperback edition. Readers learn that the gondoliers of Venice once had the finest singing voices in the world until the mysterious day their voices went silent.
About the Author
William Goldman has been writing books and movie for forty-five years. He has won three Lifetime Achievement awards for screenwriting, two Screenwriter of the Year awards, two Academy Awards (for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and All the President's Men), and one English Academy Award. His novels include Marathon Man, Boys and Girls Together, The Temple of Gold, and The Princess Bride. He lives in New York City.