By Ian Littlewood
Venice has regularly attracted a unprecedented variety of writers - pious and impious, earnest and frivolous, enthusiastic and antagonistic. and since rather a lot of town has remained unchanged, their phrases have a strong carry on our mind's eye. to stroll via Venice is to go into an extravagant theatre the place we will likelihood upon the scene of a Renaissance homicide as simply as that of an eighteenth-century seduction; the place the following turning may lead us to the execution website of a dissolute friar or the canal-side domestic of a Victorian poet. All have their position in those pages, in addition to extracts from the writings of Byron, Casanova, Goethe, Ruskin, Henry James, Thomas Mann, D. H. Lawrence and so forth.
prepared within the kind of a sequence of exact walks via Venice, this Literary better half offers a vibrant advisor to the streets, palaces, church buildings, canals and squares that make up this mysterious and perpetually appealing urban.
‘The really appropriate choice of writings presents a welcome replacement to the tiresome trainspotting mentality of such a lot publications and the author’s personal mellifluous prose ties the big variety of excerpts right into a cogent entire. That one more consultant to Venice shouldn't be superfluous is a degree of his achievement.’
The Literary overview
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‘The writer makes himself felt as an erudite yet leisurely and good-humoured stroller; an agreeable, occasionally astringent presence throughout.’
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