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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  188 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Wilson Squire is a currency trader sent by his company to Venice, Italy, to gauge the political climate and its potential effect on the lira. Haunted by recent events in his life and uneasy in the foreign environment, he finds it impossible to sleep, so he takes to walking the damp Venetian streets at midnight. In that labyrinth of alleyways and bridges, Wilson meets the e...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 8th 1998 by Delta (first published 1997)
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Marian Deegan
One of the pleasures of friendship is coming to know someone well enough to recognize flashes of personality in their style. With confidences and intimacy and time spent together, you find yourself able to predict when a friend will respond enthusiastically to a particular artisan's jewelry, a specific architectural style, or an eclectic work of art. Even when the bauble at hand is not one which appeals to your own yens.

I was reflecting on this as I considered Vaporetto 13. Sometimes I read a b...more
Venice, cats, what's not to love! Or really like.
On est ici dans le fantastique léger, et on suit les pérégrinations de Jack machin (ben oui, j’ai oublié son nom), qui doit se rendre pour affaire à Venise et y faire un voyage d’études. Durant ce voyage, il va plonger dans le rêve et explorer Venise, accompagné de la mystérieuse Caternia…
Soyons clair, ce roman reproduit la trame classique du récit fantastique, qu’on peut retrouver sans problème dans des livres comme Neverwhere, de Gaiman. L’originalité essentielle réside ici dans le décor, ou...more
I love this book so much. It would get six stars, if I could. I read it first in 2000, either when I was in Venice or shortly after I returned from my trip (my honeymoon for my short-lived marriage). My ex-h and I were both opera singers at that point in time. My Crohn's was in remission, or at least under control. Italy seemed the obvious place to go.

When I got to Italy, I was mesmerized. I literally said, send all of my things (including my cats), I don't want to leave. I came away from that...more
Excellent story of Venice. Author was Michener Fellowship recepient.
Story is about Jack Squire, an American currency trader, who is sent by his company to work at a bank in Venice. He meets a strange woman at night who he thinks is another insomniac. (Since his arrival in Venice he has not been able to sleep). Caterina is the woman’s name and she won’t let him know anything about her. They meet at night and he never finds out where she lives or anything about her. He learns from her to let go o...more
Roz Morris
Disappointing. The protagonist is drawn to a mysterious woman he meets feeding stray cats in Venice at night and spends much of the novel wondering about her. But to us she seems a cardboard cut-out - not mysterious but deliberately vague. There are some lovely visual descriptions and it's full of Venice atmosphere, but I couldn't feel any fascination for the woman - and also I didn't particularly engage with the deeper issue the main character was grappling with. However, there was a nice scene...more
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
Mr. Girardi tells a fantastic tale set in two eras--contemporary and historical Venice, Italy. He has a wonderful ability to make you see and feel this dark, labyrinthine, and corrupting city. He writes beautiful and his characters are satisfyingly real—Wilson Squire, the currency trader, and the mysterious Caterina, whom he falls deeply in love with. In unraveling the mystery of Caterina, he unravels the mysteries of the black core of Venice itself, past and present.
I wanted to read about Venice. There are several surprising references to St. John's College, which the protagonist says be attended, although part of his description of that education is erroneous. !*Spoiler alert!
I didn't expect this book to include the undead.
Another well written book by Robert Girardi. Again, he weaves a compelling story this time set in Venice. You are still thinking of the characters long after you reach the end of the story.
This was so much fun to read in Venice. You can really live with the characters. It is timeless since Venice as a city never changes. It just gets busier with tourists.
Girardi's sharp and elegant prose brings Venice to life for the reader, and the story flows with wonderful efficiency. Quite a satisfying read.
Suzanne Van Horn
This book has all of the necessary Venetian elements--history, mystery, beauty, decay, sex, and myth. A must read for any fan of the city.
Nov 15, 2007 Craig rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who want to go to Venice---WITH THEIR MIND.
A currency trader moves to Venice and begins a torrid love affair with a dead woman. And, Boy, is his fiancee back in Virginia pissed.
When I think back and try to describe what the book was about I can't seem to find a word not a phrase for it.
Carole Noman
Highly original and surprising story line. Probably not for everyone but I loved this dark story set in Venice.
This was a slightly strange if evocative book about how Venice forces an American to reevaluate his life
A good "mood piece." The author has obviously done a lot of research on Venice.
Set in Venice, with a strange cast of characters. Not much to the story.
Make the clam caterina.
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Robert Girardi is the author of four previous novels and one volume of novellas, all of which have been widely translated. He has written for film and television. His nonfiction pieces and reviews have been published in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The New Republic, The National Review and Landscape Architecture Magazine, among other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop an...more
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