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Venice (Folio Society) By Jan Morris Venice Folio Society The classic evocation of Venice acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written about the city Entertaining ironical witty high spirited and appreciative Both melancholy and gay and worldly I t

  • Title: Venice (Folio Society)
  • Author: Jan Morris
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  • Venice (Folio Society) By Jan Morris The classic evocation of Venice, acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written about the city Entertaining, ironical, witty, high spirited and appreciative Both melancholy and gay and worldly, I think of it now as among the best books on Venice indeed as the best modern book about a city that I have ever read Geoffrey Grigson One of the most diverse and diverThe classic evocation of Venice, acclaimed as one of the finest books ever written about the city Entertaining, ironical, witty, high spirited and appreciative Both melancholy and gay and worldly, I think of it now as among the best books on Venice indeed as the best modern book about a city that I have ever read Geoffrey Grigson One of the most diverse and diverting books ever written about Venice A taut and personal report, wholly absorbing, quickened by vivid prose and astringent humour Sunday Times For those of whom Venice is a memory, a treat in store, or even a dream, the broad canvas of this book covering a thousand years in the life of one of the most complex, original, and active communities the world has ever seen, is a work of lasting interest Guardian
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    1. Michael Finocchiaro on said:

      It may be strange for me to categorise this book as a biography, but Jan Morris treats the city here as a character in a melancholic story of her history, her streets, her canals and her people It is a fantastic read and should be in your luggage should you ever visit this one of the world s most incredible magical cities hint read Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino too

    2. Will Once on said:

      In many ways this book is like the city itself It has to be five stars, but with some caveats.First the good news Jan Morris has written a magnificent depiction of a fabulous city She clearly knows the city extremely well and loves it like a mother loves a child This oozes from every page It is almost as if she is showing us a photograph of her dearly beloved first born This is his first bicycle Here he is at his fifth birthday party This is his pet lion.And that makes for an incredibly dense an [...]

    3. Patrick on said:

      A slightly strange experience I m not sure that the book necessarily benefits from the two updates that Morris has written since the first edition came out in 1960 Perhaps if I were a tourist looking for a literary version of a guidebook, and, to the point, if I were travelling to Venice in 1993, this would be a positive But as it is, there s something slightly unsettling about reading Morris detailed accounts of her visits to Venice at the tail end of the 1950s, when it appeared that the place [...]

    4. Carol Smith on said:

      The husband and I visited both Trieste and Venice earlier this year before then setting off for two weeks of fine walking in Slovenia I read J Morris Trieste and The Meaning of Nowhere while in Trieste and lapped up its languid, rich portrayal of that faded Habsburg port We then fell in love with La Serenissima and I determined to read Morris s classic treatment of Venice upon our return I was expecting a work of a similar quality and style, but it just can t compare It s soy Lists of boats, lis [...]

    5. Helen Wood on said:

      What a disappointment felt a bit guilty clicking on the Yes, I ve finished when I very obviously hadn t, but couldn t read any The history bits were interesting, but the current stuff was dated and patronising still want to go to Venice sometime though, and the book group discussion was a lot interesting than the book itself

    6. Bill on said:

      I think Jan Morris is the greatest travel writer of all I ve not read enough of her, but this one really introduced me to a genre that I now love.

    7. Alison 1965 on said:

      I read this as I am visiting Venice for the first time next month Some atmospheric passages and fascinating nuggets of information, but far too much detail and too many lists I skipped through the last third of the book as I was on information overload by then and desperate to finish it so I could read something less dry Still very excited about my first trip to Venice though

    8. Denis Roubien on said:

      A fine combination of interesting information and a sense of humour Although I had already been in Venice many times and read a lot about it, I learned a lot of additional things and also enjoyed the way the author presented them Definitely my favourite travel book.

    9. Caro on said:

      Usually I reserve 5 stars for a life changing book but this deserves it for being so well written Read it before you go to get a feel for the city, read it afterwards to savor what you and Morris have seen and to mark places you ll need to see next time I can t resist one quote that exemplifies her sharp eye and love of language I recommend reading it aloud for the full effect And around the corner, beside the Grand Canal, there lies the incomparable fish market of Venice, a glorious, wet, colou [...]

    10. Marina Maidou on said:

      It s a travel book, isn t it Well, yes and no It s a document about Venice, then and now From a writer she s a thrill already Jan Morris is a woman which in past was a man That s not news, she s not the first or the last But her view in details, in hidden places and things is precious A calm voice, just like a gondola slipping gently in the venetian lagoon It s not the type go there, see this, do that , but in fact it s like the memoirs of a city as a person You learn a lot and you enjoy venetia [...]

    11. Kilian Metcalf on said:

      My dream trip My traveling days are done, but if I had just one trip in me, it would be to Venice My first glimpse of the city was through an old movie called Dangerous Beauty about the famous literary courtesan Veronica Franco The story was interesting, but even were the sights of the city I fell in love with La Serenissima and have read everything I could get my hands on, fiction and non fiction This is one of the best non fiction titles I have read From the history to the story of uninhabit [...]

    12. Ginger Williams on said:

      Jan Morris writes beautifully about a beautiful city Not your typical travel guide but like meandering through Venice with a good and interesting friend I ve only been to Venice once Something very sad happened to me there my brother told me he was dying I thought I would never want to go back there but this book makes me want to go back and see all that I missed.My only criticism of the book is that Ms Morris is coy about her personal life there makes allusions to things left unexplained and i [...]

    13. matteo on said:

      The original version was published in 1960, and the writing seems of a different time It is lyrical with some unexpected humor The chapter setup doesn t necessarily flow, and it took me a good half of the book to get into the writing style or maybe the second half of the book, and especially the last few chapters, was just interesting Regardless, if you have any interest in Venice, this is a pretty fascinating read It covers history, style, art, architecture, customs, people, religion, etc.

    14. Nicky on said:

      I was rather disappointed considering all the positive reviews I haven t been to Venice and now have no wish to I thought the writers style very pretentious and boring especially the endless lists Maybe if you know Venice you understand what he she is writing about I thought it was a travel book but no the author detests those and classes this as travel literature I recommended this to my book club and now wish I hadn t.

    15. Caroline Baer on said:

      I am interested in reading this book because it is about Venice, which is a city that fascinates me I also became interested in Venice after reading The Merchant of Venice in my Shakespeare seminar and reading City of Fallen Angels by John Berendt earlier this year It seems like a magical city and I am interested in learning about its history I found this book on my feed.

    16. Ana on said:

      Reader beware this is not a travel book It s about a Venice largely gone, but you can t help but seek it Another beautifully written book by Morris Give yourself permission to lose yourself in this city.

    17. Bill on said:

      In my usual fashion, when we decided to take a cruise beginning in Venice to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, I consumed everything I could about Venice Eventually I came across this little gem Jan Morris writing is excellent I absolutely absorbed this fantastic travelogue.

    18. Rick Harsch on said:

      Jan Morris loses one star per book for her adulation of empires This one loses another for lack of originality an opinion I doubt is shared by many.

    19. Porter Fox on said:

      The depth of history and detail in this book is uncanny This is the way they used to write travel books, with years of research and experience.

    20. Christine on said:

      Reading again This book is hard to get into but if you love history, you will love this book It sits on my bistro table at all times

    21. Terence Manleigh on said:

      Well written, evocative portrait of a vital, lived in Venice that has probably ceased to exist.

    22. David on said:

      Too many adjectives, too overblown another book by an author who wishes the world would never change.

    23. Lothar Pawliczak on said:

      Auf der englischen Ausgabe dieses Buches von 1993 prangt werbewirksam als eine Art Untertitel The best book about Venice ever written Sunday Times , auf einer neueren englischen Ausgabe The World of Venice Revised Edition 1995 One of the most diverse and diverting books ever written about Venice Times London Abgesehen davon, da ich mich frage, was die Sunday Times oder Times denn nun wirklich ber dieses Buch ihres eigenen Korrespondenten geschrieben hat haben, und kaum glauben kann, da es so wen [...]

    24. Elisabeth Bibbings on said:

      A wonderful, lively, fascinating guide to Venice and the surrounding islands and lagoon Although written quite some time ago, it has been updated recently It brought back memories of my own all too brief visit to the Serenissima three days isn t enough Jan Morris actually lived in Venice for some time, and writes both as an outsider and as an inhabitant We learn what it is like to drive a boat around the lagoon s perilous waterways, to shop in the markets and brush shoulders with the tourists a [...]

    25. Renata on said:

      No other book could be filled with as many details about Venice and its environs as this one Certainly, it made me wish that I could go back to Venice to see all the campos, small churches and artwork that I missed on my previous visits It is important to remember that this book was published first in 1960 Even though the Forward indicates that the book has been updated, it still has the the feel of something written in the 1960 s This a paragraph about housewives picking up their children from [...]

    26. Peter on said:

      Although I enjoyed Morris s book on Spain I found this one just too much and a bit like Venice sank in a morass of detail and failed to finish It did have some fascinating information but it needs a special sort of person to take it all in.

    27. Alexandra on said:

      Great read, an excellent book to reminisce about this years trip to Venice.

    28. Peter Ellwood on said:

      I allowed myself a years long delay in taking up this book a direct reflection of my admiration for the Pax Britannica trilogy Jan Morris sinewy use of language, a sheer delight of itself, never mind the subject she was writing about was such a pleasure that I kind of worried that she couldn t repeat the trick with a subject as different as Venice.Well, I was wrong She could Before one even gets into discussion of the Serenissima, one is confronted with her breath taking and rare command of the [...]

    29. Susan on said:

      I read this book before, during and after a brief visit to Venice and I found that it greatly enhanced the experience for me I was completely entranced by the myriad stories associated with the unique, magical and dreamlike city As with most good travel writing, it makes you want to go and explore the setting of each and every anecdote or historical event, find each carving and examine each painting or building Jan Morris lived in Venice, experienced it s seasons and explored it s canals, square [...]

    30. Carlene Alexander on said:

      I loved it but found it heavy going especially the small print Made me want to return to Venice

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