Venice, the Enchanted Mirror: A Bedside Companion

Venice the Enchanted Mirror A Bedside Companion This rich and fascinating celebration of Venice presents a series of unconventional impressions of the heart of Venice and its dazzling spectrum of people With a wealth of eyewitness accounts and comm

  • Title: Venice, the Enchanted Mirror: A Bedside Companion
  • Author: Alain Buisine
  • ISBN: 9780285637177
  • Page: 197
  • Format: Paperback
  • This rich and fascinating celebration of Venice presents a series of unconventional impressions of the heart of Venice and its dazzling spectrum of people With a wealth of eyewitness accounts and comments by its famous visitors, including Joseph Brodsky, Benjamin Disraeli, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, Jean Paul Sartre, Mark Twain, and Orson Welles, this book is a thrillingThis rich and fascinating celebration of Venice presents a series of unconventional impressions of the heart of Venice and its dazzling spectrum of people With a wealth of eyewitness accounts and comments by its famous visitors, including Joseph Brodsky, Benjamin Disraeli, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, Jean Paul Sartre, Mark Twain, and Orson Welles, this book is a thrilling evocation of Europe s capital of color It examines the dark byways of the city s brutal history, the brilliance of Venetian painting, sumptuous architecture and embellishments, many arts from glass blowing and boatbuilding to velvet courtesans, fashions, food, music, politics, crumbling ruins and abandoned gardens, the ghetto, eccentrics, and working people.

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    1. Really enjoyed this beautiful reflection on the magic of Venice through an examination of colour and art. He quotes and comments and illustrates by using his evidently substantial fund of stories and venetian experiences. His love of art and artists flows out across the page and his fondness for Venice and all the Islands of the Lagoon would, I think, have drawn me in very easily if it wasn't for the fact that I am already wholly sold on the ' adoration thing '. This i would have to confess is f [...]

    2. 'Bedside companion' is spot on, because I bought it while I was visiting Venice and read a chapter or two from it, each night before falling off to sleep.I'm a chromofile, so the fact that each chapter deals with a colour that the author associates with the corresponding aspects of Venice, makes it a delightful read for me!I was surprised at how fast I was reading - or devouring - each page. And it gave me a lot of insight on to things that I wouldn't have known about Venice, even with a tour gu [...]

    3. This book was a bit too impressionist and insubstantial for my taste - like Turner's watercolour painting on the cover. At the same time the author is quite opiniated.Still, it added to my store of knowledge of the Serenissima.

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