Great books About Venice

Old Jan 13th, 2006, 02:57 PM
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AFTER you've been to Venice see if you can find a copy of VENICE 360.... fabulous photographs by Attilio Boccazzi-Varotto using a rotating camera.
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Old Jan 14th, 2006, 12:52 PM
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It may be difficult to locate because it may be out of print, but I found “Effie in Venice” by Mary Lutyens well worth reading. The book has compiled the letters home of Effie Gray Ruskin, the wife of John Ruskin, during their travels from 1849-1852. It’s an interesting companion piece to “Stones of Venice” (in my opinion.) I was able to see the city from the viewpoint of this woman who seemed to shed some inhibitions and find a bit of empowerment.

Also, "Venetian Stories" by Jane Turner Rylands, the wife of the director of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection. Jane herself was pretty much maligned by Paula Weidinger in "Venetian Dreaming" but I found this an interesting read. It is twelve vignettes of everyday lives of in different social settings, all interconnected.

I see there is a second set of her stories that came out late last year, called "Across the Bridge of Sighs: More Venetian Stories." Guess I'd better pick that up and give it a try!
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Old Jan 14th, 2006, 02:59 PM
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An obscure but wonderful novel of Venice is Robert Dessaix's "Night Letters." It is a modern day tale with stories from the distant past embedded. Simply gorgeous.

I have to vote with those who did NOT enjoy "City of Falling Angels." The whole time I was reading I felt that the author was desperate to do with the La Fenice fire what he'd done with the Savannah murder in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil." The material simply wasn't there. And the investigation of the fire itself--BORING!! Thank goodness for some of the peripheral stories, like the gossipy, dark side of the Save Venice Foundation.

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Old Jan 14th, 2006, 03:02 PM
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Also, watch the movie "The Wings of the Dove" with Helena Bonham Carter. There's a moving funeral at the island of San Michele and sumptuous shots inside Venetian Palazzi. One of these Palazzi was even mentioned in John Berendt's book. I'm sure the Henry James novel is wonderful, but haven't read it myself.
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Old Jan 14th, 2006, 03:27 PM
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I read A Venetian Affair and loved it.It was not at all as I expected. The story of two lovers was constructed based on the love letters found in a Venetian attic. It gives you the opportunity to see how people spoke and socially interactedin eighteenth century Venice-fascinating!
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Old Jan 14th, 2006, 05:09 PM
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Krix:

If you think Jane Rylands was "maligned" in "Venetian Dreaming," read "The City of Falling Angels" for what seems to be a fairly strong case that she and her husband did Olga Rudge's family out of a great deal of money.
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 06:46 AM
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Besides "A Venetian Affair" I'd vote for "A Sentimental Guide to Venice", by Diego Valeri, probably out of print now. For photos of the enchanted city check the site of Eva O., a Finnish photographer who lives there. www.studioimmaginovenezia.com
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 12:46 PM
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Thanks for the tip Eloise- will do!
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 02:01 PM
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Massagediva......I also found the Venetian Affair fascinating....a glimpse inside Venezia in the mid to late 1700's.
Wasn't it the most co-dependent relationship??? Lots of bickering.....too real!!

I just found the most amazing book.
Venice of To-Day...by F Hopkinson Smith. Published in 1894.
It is an oversized book.....a diary of her trip to Venezia....full of her watercolors, drawings & ink drawings. Only 500 were published....it is wonderful!
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 02:06 PM
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There is an Italian film called Bread and Tulips that is the story of a wife and mother on tour who gets left behind, and goes to Venice. She leaves her family( who don't appreciate her), and gets a job in Venice in a flower shop. Meets a man- stay or go back?
Obviously there is much more to the movie--but it is fun for anyone who has dreamed of running away to Venice!
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 02:22 PM
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Thomas Mann's "Death in Venice."
For films a little esoteric,
"The Comfory of Strangers."
"Don't Look now."
"Obsession."
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 03:15 PM
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I thought I'd been in some neurotic relationships! Mamma mia!
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Old Jan 15th, 2006, 08:33 PM
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Cigalechanta....I read Comfort of Strangers while I was in Venice.....it was perfect!! A strange pychotic tale!!
Have you seen the movie w/ Christopher Walken, Helen Mirren, Natasha Richardson & Rupert Everet? Very well done.....and visually stunning!!

Massagediva...I'm finishing up...A Venetian Affair....sometimes I burst out laughing.....the manipulation is staggering!!
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Old Jan 21st, 2006, 02:19 PM
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Cato;once you have read the primary works mentioned, consider the followingquot;A Literary Companion to Venice, including seven walking tours" by Ian Littlewood.
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A World by Itself: Tradition and Change in the Venetian Lagoon
by Shirley Guiton (published 1977)
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0241894344

I'm reading this now. I've skipped around a bit, so I started with the first-person accounts of people who have been farming in the islands around the Venetian lagoon, and who families have been doing so for centuries. I wonder how many of these people there are now. It was a very hard life. This is one aspect of Venice that I hadn't really considered.
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Italian Hours by Henry James. Indispensable!
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Old Mar 25th, 2006, 02:18 PM
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topping for the person seeking fiction set in Italy
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If you liked Francesco da Mosto's Venice book, you may be interested to know they've just published his book on Italy. We're watching the companion series, Italy from Top to Toe on BBC, very entertaining.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...749544-4235828
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Old Jun 28th, 2006, 09:15 AM
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OK, looks like I have to tinyurl that one:
http://tinyurl.com/rsved
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Old Jun 29th, 2006, 02:24 AM
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I've been reading these books about curious facts, places, legends and misteries about Venice and the isles of the lagoon.

www.venetianlegends.it

The website speaks for itself. Two of them are available in English and the pictures featured in the books are beautiful. I think the books are excellent.

I have also read a book called "Nero Veneziano" written by Claudio dell'Orso. The book compiles 21 unresolved crimes that took place in Venice from the 1500's to the present.

www.elzeviro.com

There's some information about that book (and others) on that website. It's in Italian, though.
 

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