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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi by Geoff Dyer
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Good, fast read that honors ones' intelligence. Geoff Dyer's Venice and Varanasi and their respective sights, smells, sounds and emotional impact are created through solid, descriptive writing. Great intro to the art world surrounding The Biennale in Venice and I trust a great intro to the conflicting chaos and peacefulness of Varanasi. Dyer pays homage to Thomas Mann and John Fowles. He tips his hat a little too courteously to Fowles and in so doing, gives the reader a foreshadowing of the second part of the novel. If you have attended any art fairs and have read, A Death in Venice and The French Lieutenant's Woman, you will have a step up reading this novel. I have not been to India so I cannot comment on Varanasi, however, I do feel like I would not be totally surprised by this city after reading this work. Thanks to my friend Larry for recommending the book.
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