69th out of 265 books — 67 voters
By The Grand Canal
By the Grand Canal is an exquisite novel redolent of Venice and the haze of WWI from William Rivière, the author of the award-winning Kate Caterina. In the aftermath of the First World War, Hugh Thurne, a British diplomat involved in the peace negotiations, finds solace in his rented palazzo in Venice rather than returning to his wife and the charade of his marriage in Lon...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2004 by SCEPTRE
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By the Grand Canal is a quiet, thoughtful novel about a group of friends who gather again in Venice after having been separated by the First World War. Naturally, they have all, from oldest to youngest, experienced deprivation as a result of the conflict, but now they hope to regain some of their former security and happiness. It is not to be, not simply because of the changes the war has wrought, but because life goes on. Although the fighting has blessedly stopped, people still grow up and gro...more
Oct 09, 2008 Linnea rated it 2 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Set in post-WWI Venice, this book has some interesting insights into Italy's place in that war and the effects on Venice, in particular. But, while there are some lovely, small, descriptive passages, for the most part the writing is unsubstantial and the characters never really come to life as well as they should.