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Kathleen rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Love and War in the Apennines by Eric Newby
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I first read this book 20 years ago, and I knew I would want to read it again. Having just done so, I can say that it was every bit as good the second time around as it was the first.

Newby was a young POW in Italy during WWII. He was able to escape i
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Kathleen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Watermark by Joseph Brodsky
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Poet Joseph Brodsky’s affinity for Venice is not surprising given his origins in St. Petersburg—though he himself denies that this has anything to do with it. He traces his fascination back to a book written by an obscure French author, lent to him b ...more
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A Noble Radiance by Donna Leon
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I see now that there is a pattern to Donna Leon’s series of mysteries set in Venice. Each one centers on a particular problem confronting Italy today; sometimes social, sometimes political, sometimes environmental. In the case of A Noble Radiance it ...more
Kathleen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Death in a Strange Country by Donna Leon
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I wasn’t aware the U.S. had any military bases in Italy until I read this book. How odd. And apparently the life that goes on there is almost hermetically sealed off from that of the country in which it’s located. Even odder. Imagine a middleclass su ...more
Kathleen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Quietly in Their Sleep by Donna Leon
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Commissario Brunetti is not a religious man, so he is willing to entertain the idea that dying residents of a Venetian nursing home may be under undue pressure to will large sums of money to the religious order that is providing their care. It begins ...more
Kathleen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Blood from a Stone by Donna Leon
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This time the mystery revolves around the vu cumprà of Venice, illegal aliens who earn money by hawking things like knock-off designer handbags on the street. When one of their number is murdered, Brunetti is drawn into the shadowy world of these des ...more
Kathleen rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Shape of Water by Andrea Camilleri
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I had a bit of trouble keeping track of characters in this book, so many are introduced in the first 40 pages. Maybe it was just because they were all unfamiliar Italian names.

Inspector Montalban is a likeable enough character, but the Sicilian setti
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Kathleen rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Voice of the Violin by Andrea Camilleri
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Voice of the Violin is the fourth in Camilleri’s series featuring Inspector Salvo Montalbano, but only the second I have read. I wasn’t too keen on the first for various reasons, but Voice of the Violin made a much more favorable impression on me. Th ...more
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Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr
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As a great admirer of Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See, I was eager to read his account of a year spent in Rome as the recipient of the Rome Prize. I was under the impression that it had been during his residence at the American Academy there that ...more
Kathleen rated a book 3 of 5 stars
About Grace by Anthony Doerr
About Grace
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David Winkler is a rather nondescript, solitary man. The one really extraordinary thing about him is something no one else sees: he occasionally dreams about something that will happen in the future. This began when he was nine years old and occurs a ...more
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