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Vaporetto 13

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  249 Ratings  ·  23 Reviews
Wilson Squire is a currency trader sent by his company to Venice, Italy, to gauge the political climate and its potential effect on the lira. Haunted by recent events in his life and uneasy in the foreign environment, he finds it impossible to sleep, so he takes to walking the damp Venetian streets at midnight. In that labyrinth of alleyways and bridges, Wilson meets the e ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published September 8th 1998 by Delta (first published 1997)
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msleighm
Apr 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, fiction
I love this book so much. It would get six stars, if I could. I read it first in 2000, either when I was in Venice or shortly after I returned from my trip (my honeymoon for my short-lived marriage). My ex-h and I were both opera singers at that point in time. My Crohn's was in remission, or at least under control. Italy seemed the obvious place to go.

When I got to Italy, I was mesmerized. I literally said, send all of my things (including my cats), I don't want to leave. I came away from that
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Carmen
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - a good read. Now I want to see Venice more than ever!
Greg
Mar 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Venice, cats, what's not to love! Or really like.
Baret Magarian
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a rather underrated and neglected book but in many ways it's an impressive achievement. Principally because it is one of those rare books that allows the reader to dream, to get immersed in a kind of trance. The evocations and descriptions of Venice are wonderful, nuanced, palpable. Girardi really allows you to experience the city on a audio-visual-olfactory level, with all of its damp, its phantasmagorical charm and melancholy. The book is really about how to live: whether mere being is ...more
Janet callan
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
the ghostly beauty that is Venice
Marian Deegan
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
One of the pleasures of friendship is coming to know someone well enough to recognize flashes of personality in their style. With confidences and intimacy and time spent together, you find yourself able to predict when a friend will respond enthusiastically to a particular artisan's jewelry, a specific architectural style, or an eclectic work of art. Even when the bauble at hand is not one which appeals to your own yens.

I was reflecting on this as I considered Vaporetto 13. Sometimes I read a b
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Nicolas
On est ici dans le fantastique léger, et on suit les pérégrinations de Jack machin (ben oui, j’ai oublié son nom), qui doit se rendre pour affaire à Venise et y faire un voyage d’études. Durant ce voyage, il va plonger dans le rêve et explorer Venise, accompagné de la mystérieuse Caternia…
Soyons clair, ce roman reproduit la trame classique du récit fantastique, qu’on peut retrouver sans problème dans des livres comme Neverwhere, de Gaiman. L’originalité essentielle réside ici dans le décor, ou
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Monika
Oct 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Squire on ameerika valuutamaakler, kes läheb ajutiselt Veneetsiasse tööle, emafirma jaoks finants- ja poliitanalüüse kirjutama. Ajavahe tõttu pole tal öösiti und ja nii uitab ta mööda magavat linna ringi. Ühel sellisel jalutuskäigul kohtab ta salapärast naist, Caterinat, kes väljakul kodutuid kasse söödab. Lugu areneb omasoodu ning Jackist ja Caterinast saavad armukesed.
Saan aru, et raamatule lühikest ja tabavat sisututvustust kirjutada, on keeruline asi, kuid "Vaporetto 13" puhul rikub see
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Margaret
Jun 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Excellent story of Venice. Author was Michener Fellowship recepient.
Story is about Jack Squire, an American currency trader, who is sent by his company to work at a bank in Venice. He meets a strange woman at night who he thinks is another insomniac. (Since his arrival in Venice he has not been able to sleep). Caterina is the woman’s name and she won’t let him know anything about her. They meet at night and he never finds out where she lives or anything about her. He learns from her to let go o
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Roz Morris
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: strange-venice
Disappointing. The protagonist is drawn to a mysterious woman he meets feeding stray cats in Venice at night and spends much of the novel wondering about her. But to us she seems a cardboard cut-out - not mysterious but deliberately vague. There are some lovely visual descriptions and it's full of Venice atmosphere, but I couldn't feel any fascination for the woman - and also I didn't particularly engage with the deeper issue the main character was grappling with. However, there was a nice scene ...more
Peejay Who Once Was Minsma
Apr 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mr. Girardi tells a fantastic tale set in two eras--contemporary and historical Venice, Italy. He has a wonderful ability to make you see and feel this dark, labyrinthine, and corrupting city. He writes beautiful and his characters are satisfyingly real—Wilson Squire, the currency trader, and the mysterious Caterina, whom he falls deeply in love with. In unraveling the mystery of Caterina, he unravels the mysteries of the black core of Venice itself, past and present.
Judy
Nov 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
I wanted to read about Venice. There are several surprising references to St. John's College, which the protagonist says be attended, although part of his description of that education is erroneous. !*Spoiler alert!
I didn't expect this book to include the undead.
Sue
Another well written book by Robert Girardi. Again, he weaves a compelling story this time set in Venice. You are still thinking of the characters long after you reach the end of the story.
Craig
Nov 15, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who want to go to Venice---WITH THEIR MIND.
A currency trader moves to Venice and begins a torrid love affair with a dead woman. And, Boy, is his fiancee back in Virginia pissed.
Mona
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was so much fun to read in Venice. You can really live with the characters. It is timeless since Venice as a city never changes. It just gets busier with tourists.
Carole Noman
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Highly original and surprising story line. Probably not for everyone but I loved this dark story set in Venice.
Pjpollard
Make the clam caterina.
Jennifer
Jan 17, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Set in Venice, with a strange cast of characters. Not much to the story.
Suzanne Van Horn
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book has all of the necessary Venetian elements--history, mystery, beauty, decay, sex, and myth. A must read for any fan of the city.
Kaylol
Nov 25, 2011 rated it liked it
When I think back and try to describe what the book was about I can't seem to find a word not a phrase for it.
Ros
Mar 09, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a slightly strange if evocative book about how Venice forces an American to reevaluate his life
Stuart
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
Girardi's sharp and elegant prose brings Venice to life for the reader, and the story flows with wonderful efficiency. Quite a satisfying read.
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Robert Girardi is the author of four previous novels and one volume of novellas, all of which have been widely translated. He has written for film and television. His nonfiction pieces and reviews have been published in The Washington Post, Washingtonian, The New Republic, The National Review and Landscape Architecture Magazine, among other publications. A graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop an ...more
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