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Preview — The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
The City of Falling Angels
Just as John Berendt's first book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, was settling into its remarkable four-year run on The New York Times bestseller list, he discovered a new city whose local mysteries and traditions were more than a match for Savannah, whose hothouse eccentricities he had celebrated in the fi...more
There are few cohesive lines through this book. There is the mystery surrounding the fire of the Fenice, and there are gossipy stories involving many of the locals (most of whom are actually expatriates and not ...more
One of my favorite lines in the book, describing Venice:
“On one occasion I set about testing this notion by concocting a game called “photo roulette,” the obje ...more
"The City of Falling Angels" turns it attention to the ancient Italian city of Venice, and the tragic fire that destroyed the famous opera ...more
Berendt, John – Standalone
The Penguin Press, 2005, US Hardcover – ISBN: 1594200580
First Sentence: “Everyone in Venice is acting,” Count Girolamo Marcello told me.
In January 1996, La Fenice (the Phoenix) was destroyed by fire. Was it an accident, or was it arson? Berendt’s book is a non-fiction look at more than the investigation, but a true study of the history, culture and people of Venice.
I loved this book. No, it’s not on the sa ...more
I enjoyed the book but ...more
The book reminded me of a never-ending Dominick Dunne piece for "Vanity Fair" with its continuous name-dropping and irrelevant gossip - name dropping is only fun when you know who the people are! Alas, I'm not up on Venice society.
However, the writing itself - the use of language - as expected was wonderf ...more
Though Berendt tries to give *Falling Angels* a convincing through-line (and you’d think it would have one – the built-in whodunit of the burning of the Fenice Theatre), the thing simply never gels.
In part, it’s not Berendt’s fault; it’s the fault of “reality.” In typical Italian fashion, there’s no clear good guy or bad guy; the guy convicted for a ...more
The most unfortunate inc ...more
But THIS book, I liked. The title definitely grabbed me: in the early 1970's, before a lot of restoration got started in Venice, pieces of the marble ornaments on th ...more
Can't wait to make it there--on the calendar for spring of 2014.
Berendt first traveled to Sav ...more