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By The Grand Canal

2.70  ·  Rating Details  ·  27 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
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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Dec 25, 2009 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hist-fic
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
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Mar 05, 2016 Seema R rated it did not like it
A dull book about uninteresting people living at the end of the war. Even Venice comes off as dull
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.
Aug 02, 2010 Wendy rated it did not like it
I got about half way through this book but will not finish it. It has periods of the book that are interesting, but I am having a tough time keeping my interest and it's hard to keep track of the various characters.
Jan 29, 2012 JodiP rated it it was amazing
Shelves: general-fiction
Ah! I love Riviere. His period detail is amazing, and the characters are folks you can really appreciate, as they are complex and so well-drawn. Unfortunately, he hasn’t written that much, so I’m savoring.
Not so great, just interesting because I lived nearby. Also, it's another perspective of history during WWII
Nov 10, 2012 Marcia rated it liked it
Eh. It was kind hard to follow and didn't really end.
Just ok, Venetian families after WWI
Mar 13, 2013 Sharon rated it did not like it
Hard to plot to speak of
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