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The City of Falling Angels
Title:The City of Falling Angels
Format Type:eBook PDF / e-Pub
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ISBN:0143036939
Number of Pages:414

Epic book online Books by: John Berendt The author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil returns after more than a decade to give us an intimate look at the magic mystery and decadence of the city of Venice and its inhabitants br br It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record breaking four year run on the New York Times bestseller list John Berendt s inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by percent It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice a city of masks a city of riddles where the narrow meandering passageways form a giant maze confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths br br Venice a city steeped in a thousand years of history art and architecture teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay Its architectural treasures crumble foundations shift marble ornaments fall even as efforts to preserve them are underway The City of Falling Angels opens on the evening of January when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house The loss of the Fenice where five of Verdi s operas premiered is a catastrophe for Venetians Arriving in Venice three days after the fire Berendt becomes a kind of detective inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum city while gradually revealing the truth about the fire br br In the course of his investigations Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking suicide prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own the first family of American expatriates that loses possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership an organization of high society partygoing Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice while quarreling in public among themselves questioning one another s motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur the master glassblower of Venice and numerous others stool pigeons scapegoats hustlers sleepwalkers believers in Martians the Plant Man the Rat Man and Henry James br br Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build one after the other ultimately coming together to reveal a world as finely drawn as a still life painting The fire and its aftermath serve as a leitmotif that runs throughout adding the elements of chaos corruption and crime and contributing to the ever mounting suspense of this brilliant book

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