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Los gondoleros silenciosos

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,164 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
Los gondoleros silenciosos es el resultado de la investigación de Morgenstern sobre por qué los gondoleros de Venecia, que eran los mejores cantantes del mundo, un día, de repente, empezaron a cantar tan horriblemente que desde entonces los clientes les piden que remen en silencio. La respuesta a ese enigma está en la historia de Luigi, un joven de sonrisa bonachona que to ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 2010 by Ático de los Libros (first published 1983)
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Petra X
Jun 18, 2015 Petra X rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the short and magical fable of Luigi, who is the greatest of all the gondoliers but, sadly, not the most accomplished of singers. It is told through the voice of S. Morgenstern who is perhaps the most talented of all modern fable-spinners, himself quite fictional. Accompanied by the illustrations of Paul Giovanopoulos, who perfectly interprets the world of the gondoliers in pen and ink drawings it is a gem of a book. And if you think there are too many superlatives in this review, it's b ...more
El Templo
"Hubo un tiempo en el que los gondoleros de Venecia deleitaban a sus clientes con las canciones más hermosas. Cantaban a pleno pulmón con una afinación y clase dignos de los más prestigiosos teatros de la ópera. Hubo un tiempo en el que competían entre ellos para demostrar quién lo hacía mejor, superándose a sí mismos día tras día. Pero ese tiempo quedó atrás. ¿Por qué? ¿Qué sucedió para que callaran y remaran en silencio? En este precioso relato lo descubrirás. William Goldman, reconocido autor ...more
Nov 08, 2009 Rowan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Ages 12+
Shelves: historical, ya, fiction
This novella, by the author of The Princess Bride , tells the story of Luigi, one of the greatest gondoliers Venice has ever known, and of why the gondoliers -- once universally acclaimed as the best singers in the world -- stopped singing. It is a tale of the irrepressible nature of dreams, and the courage of a man who pursues his in spite of their seeming impossibility. Morgenstern/Goldman, of course, claims exhaustive research and unimpeachable sources for his tale -- a device echoed by Lemo ...more
Dec 14, 2015 Malia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-of-2015
THE SILENT GONDOLIERS is a small book written by William Goldman (a.k.a. S. Morgenstern;-) the author of THE PRINCESS BRIDE. If that facts alone doesn't make you want to run out and get it, I can assure you, it is a wonderful read!
I won't give away much of the plot, but needless to say, it is about gondoliers, and if you have ever been to Venice, you know that this setting is almost as magical as Florin and Guilder.
Goldman peppers this book with touching wit and eloquent humor, and I think it w
Feb 02, 2009 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
There is not a single thing about this book (except perhaps its shortness) that I didn't absolutely love. The Princess Bride is easily my favorite book of all time so I've always wanted to get my hands on this one. A quick, easy read, it's a beautiful fable. More important, however, is Goldman's excellent prose. He plays with language in such an enthralling way. Check this one out!
Jan 15, 2012 Sunil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
The Silent Gondoliers purports to be a fable by S. Morgenstern, who researched the history of gondoliers in Venice to discover why they no longer sang. For, lo, many years ago, the gondoliers were the grandest and most beautiful singers in the world. People came from all over to hear them sing. The story focuses on Luigi, who is an expert gondolier but a terrible singer.

Unlike The Princess Bride, the story is told in first-person by Morgenstern, who, like Goldman, interjects at times to comment.
Matt Kelland
The Princess Bride is one of my all-time favorite books. (Yes, I said book, not film. If you haven't read it, do. It's even better than the film, which may sound hard to believe, but trust me on this.) This is just as good. It's short, sweet, whimsical, and utterly enchanting. Like Bride, it purports to be by S. Morgenstern, and it's a quirky little story about gondoliers, filled with entertaining asides, strange digressions, and insightful observations on human nature and customs worthy of Terr ...more
Cris V.
Jul 30, 2014 Cris V. rated it it was amazing
Esta obra es de esos raros (y sorprendentes) sucesos que aparecen de repente en un mar de monotonía, una bella historia contada de una manera tan simple, alegre y divertida que es inevitable amarla.

Enfocada en la mística de los famosos gondoleros venecianos, introduce al lector de lleno en las labores de estos personajes y cómo valoran su posición histórica. Tiene de todo: amor a la música, a la canción que cada uno de nosotros lleva por dentro o nuestra vocación, que es lo que por amor nos hace
Mar 03, 2010 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came across this book (hardcover) some years ago at a weekend warehouse book sale, it was hiding on a picnic table under a stacked pile of books. The author's name stood out "S. Morgenstern" (aka William Goldman). Since I had already read "The Princess Bride" I grab this book up. What a find. Out of print for many years and now re-released under the author's real name. This is a wonderful fable, that makes you smile and your heart ache all at the same time. I so enjoyed this story. I would rec ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Kris rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: heartwarming
As the cover suggests, this is an "inventive and offbeat fable". It's the story of Luigi and how he wanted to be the greatest gondolier - and he was - but because he could not sing, he became a dishwasher to the gondoliers. But as time passed, Luigi saved money and took singing lessons from a deaf man (Luigi was such a bad singer, the teachers paid him to leave). Still he washed dishes. Until one day, a great storm blew in and the Church of Souls of Those Who Died For the Sea caught fire. Who wo ...more
Sep 28, 2009 Dorothy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I got this out while I was looking for the Princess Bride at the library. It's written in the same style, but as far as story goes, it didn't do it for me. I know it's just a fable, but the ending sort of confused me. The whole book was leading up to something great, but never got there. I liked the illustrations better!
Jul 13, 2012 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I really enjoyed this book. It's written in the same tone as the princess bride, but much shorter and fewer characters. I disagree with people who would call it fluff. I think there's a great moral to keeping dreams, facing disappointment with a smile, and persevering.
Kari Burke
The silliness of The Princess Bride was so unexpected. I got William Goldman's first book as a read-aloud with my children (after looking for weeks for the original S. Morganstern version) and the interjections and complete silliness won us all over immediately. It was ridiculous but so much fun to read.

I had a different expectation this time. I saw Goldman's name on the cover and thought, "I bet that's a super silly, fun book." But since The Silent Gondoliers was just silliness without the grea
Anna Serra i Vidal
I really don't know how to classify this book. It escapes labels and it stands alone as a delicious tale about dreams.
It's a quick read, an epic story, a magic episode in the history of Venice.
You just have to read it!
Basil D
May 05, 2016 Basil D rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read it in one sitting. It's quite short and not really life-changing, but you still find yourself being heartwarmed days later ...
Silly, touching, funny and the illustrations are fantastic. Has this ever been made into a cartoon? If not, it should be.
Dawn Riddle
Jan 26, 2008 Dawn Riddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent account of the World Singing Olympics.
Todd Stockslager
S. Morganstern being the nom de guerre of Williiam Goldman, this is a followup, as it were, to The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure, one of my favorite movies of all time, and a very good book.

That was that book, however, and this is this one. Silent Gondoliers lacks the spark of passion and loving craftsmanship that lit The Princess Bride and made it a classic. It is much shorter, with a much different intent, but just doesn't carry the weight of exp
May 06, 2016 Nora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"When someone special happens, he tends to rub off on people...."

Luigi is a gondolier with a terrible voice, back in the days when gondoliers were the best singers in the world. His dream of singing with all his heart on the Grand Canal of Venice eludes him through his life of troubles... until the day of the Killer Storm.....

William Goldman, author of The Princess Bride, spins this absorbing yarn with tremendously colloquial joy. Absolutely enchanting. Please, good people, take an hour (or le
May 19, 2013 Shadow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
This tale by Morgenstern (Goldman) was a nice read. The lighthearted nonsense was the classic Morgenstern from The Princess Bride, although the former was more classic fairy tale while this one is set in Venice (I have not seen any gondoliers in fairy tales, per se; at least before this book here).

But don't get the feeling this book is just a bunch of lighthearted nonsense. Certainly not. The characters lack a certain depth one might find in other types of literature, but the beauty of this stor
The gondoliers of Venice were once regarded as the finest singers in the world, but for years they have been mysteriously silent. At the heart of this mystery is a young gondolier named Luigi. Luigi is an incredibly gifted gondolier, able to navigate what other gondoliers refer to as SPLAT Corner with the greatest of ease. However, when it comes to his vocal abilities, Luigi is severely lacking. In fact, his singing is so appalling that the citizens of Venice throw fish at him from their windows ...more
As a companion piece to Princess Bride (written by the same fictional author, set in the same Europe), The Silent Gondoliers has a lot to live up to. There is a lot of warmth and wit and quaintness in the telling of the tale, but sadly, not much tale to tell.

The Silent Gondoliers does have a main character, Luigi, but, unlike Westley and Buttercup, it takes a very long time before we have any idea what Luigi wants.

Or rather, he always wants the next thing that's out of reach:

He wants to become a
Sep 12, 2014 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short book, only a touch over 80 pages, it was a quick read. It was different than The Princess Bride, it didn't have the same wit, but it was very enjoyable, with a host of quirky and memorable characters; Lugi, Laura, John the Bastard, etc.
It felt very much like a fable or a fairy tale, told in the quick way that felt like the author had sat down and told you the story his father used to tell him, or something like that. It was quite lovely, and worth the read.
Janne Varvára
Nov 07, 2011 Janne Varvára rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: misc-novels
One time, when I was a bit out of it, my BF sat on the edge of the bed and read to me, in his strong, clear actor's voice. On and off, he read me half this book over a few months, and then we forgot about it for a while.

Yesterday, the tables were turned, and I read the rest of the book for a sleepy, worn down BF. Ah, so nice. I could scarcely have had a more attentive, cheering, moved audience. He gets wonderfully carried away.

This book was recommended to the BF by the owner of the local sci-fi/
Jul 27, 2012 Jenny's rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
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 eventua
Sep 01, 2014 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[Update - Aug '14] Having read it aloud, now, to my 11-year-old, I like it more than ever. No reservations. And it is quite Helprin-esque. It reminded me, too, of the Selma Lagerlof story, "The Airship" (from the collection, The Girl from the Marsh Croft). [Note: reading to my daughter, I did have to censor 2-3 words.]

”Luigi was in a place few of us are fortunate to ever visit: he was living inside his dream.”

This story of Venice’s legendary-imaginary, vocally-traumatizing gondolier with the “
Apr 17, 2009 Danielle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Very short and easy to read, as well as entertaining. Nothing especially earth-shattering or poignant, but there were some clever bits, and I guess it leaves you with a smile on your face.
My one complaint, (and this shouldn't deter you from reading this or The Princess Bride, it's just something that bugs me) is that there's no distinguishment between fact and fiction. Like, there really is a famous Danieli hotel in Venice, but is there really a famous opera singer who stayed there? (I don't rem
This book won me over in the end. I'd like to say more, but so much of what I liked was how the book unfolded--so I won't spoil that.

"There are many bad things about the human race. But there are many good things too. And one of the best is this--dreams, great dreams, die hard..."

Equal parts curse and blessing at times.

Mar 08, 2012 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author of The Princess Bride tells another fake historical tale of why the gondoliers in Venice hire accordian players and never sing themselves.

Thoughts: This is a sweet, charming little tale about how, despite the gondoliers having the best voices in the world, no gondolier will ever sing again. It's fluff--there's basically nothing to this--but it's adorable fluff. My edition also had endearing little line drawings to illustrate.

Like The Princess Bride, this is narrated by the fake histo
Maria Mortensen
Aug 06, 2015 Maria Mortensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book maybe five or six times at this point, and I always find myself returning to it. It's short and sweet, with an unforgettable main character. I've never been to Venice, but if (when!) I go, I assume it will be exactly like it is in this book. One hopes.
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Goldman grew up in a Jewish family in Highland Park, Illinois, a Chicago suburb, and obtained a BA degree at Oberlin College in 1952 and an MA degree at Columbia University in 1956.His brother was the late James Goldman, author and playwright.

William Goldman had published five novels and had three plays produced on Broadway before he began to write screenplays. Several of his novels he later used
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