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Venice : pure city

Author: Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2013.
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Peter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial -- a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice. In this sumptuous vision of Venice, Peter Ackroyd turns his unparalleled skill at evoking place from London and the River Thames, to Italy and the city of myth, mystery and beauty, set like a jewel in its glistening lagoon. His account is at once romantic and packed with facts, conjuring up the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 9780385531535 0385531532
OCLC Number: 869387327
Notes: Title from resource description page (Recorded Books, viewed January 23, 2014).
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: City from the sea --
Origins --
Water, water everywhere --
Mirror, mirror --
The city of St. Mark --
The saint comes --
Refuge --
Against nature --
Stones of Venice --
Ship of state --
"Let it be everlasting" --
The chosen people --
The prison house --
Secrets --
Chronicles --
Republic of commerce --
The merchants of Venice --
The endless drama --
Wheels within wheels --
Empire of trade --
The lion city --
Cities in collision --
A call to arms --
Timeless city --
Bells and gondolas --
Iustitia --
Against the Turks --
The living city --
The body and the building --
Learning and language --
Colour and light --
Pilgrims and tourists --
The art of life --
Hurrah for Carnival --
A divine art --
The eternal feminine --
What to eat? --
Sacred city --
Divine and infernal --
Of belief --
The shadows of history --
Decline and fall? --
Death in Venice --
City of myth --
The map unrolls --
The huddled family --
Moon and night --
While the music lasts --
A Venetian chronology.
Responsibility: Peter Ackroyd.

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Peter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial -- a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice. In this sumptuous vision of Venice, Peter Ackroyd turns his unparalleled skill at evoking place from London and the River Thames, to Italy and the city of myth, mystery and beauty, set like a jewel in its glistening lagoon. His account is at once romantic and packed with facts, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the fiestas and the flowers. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arrivingin the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and a trading empire, the wars against Napoleon and the tourist invasions of today. Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the mosaics of St Mark's and the glass blowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; the doges and the destitute and the artists with their passion for colour and form -- Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo. There are wars and sieges, scandals and seductions, fountains playing in deserted squares and crowds thronging the markets. And there is a dark undertone too, of shadowy corners and dead ends, prisons and punishment. The language and way of thinking of the Venetians sets them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. 'The moon rules Venice, ' Ackroyd writes: 'It is built on ocean shells and ocean ground; it has the aspect of infinity. It is the floating world ... changing and variable and accidental.'This book, like a magic gondola, transports its readers to that sensual, surprising realm. We could have no better guide -- reading Ackroyd's Venice is, in itself, a glorious journey and the perfect holiday. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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