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The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt
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Jul 29, 2012

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I am not surprised that other reviewers did not like this book, because it is not your typical mindless read. You wil have to pay attention and attend to the story to get something out of it.

If you enjoy books that read like a novel filled with an unusual cast of characters, and also offers a peek inside a completely different culture and behaviour structure than our North American one, you may enjoy this book. Because although it reads like a novel under Berendt's deft writing style, it is actually a non-fiction account of his time spent living in Venice and interacting with a variety of Ventians after the fire at the Fenice opera house.

Berendt becomes "almost" a Venetian during his time there, elicits wonderful stories, and becomes peripherally involved in feuds, rivalries and the very unique way of "getting things done" that exists in Venice.

The book takes a bit of commitment because it is not a fast, or an easy read. The vast number of people, places and things that all seem to link back around and connect to other stories means you do need to keep track of all the players throughout. However, if you like learning about other cultures, and/or if you enjoyed Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil, Berendt's first book, then this is a good read worth considering.

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