No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - History - 330 pages
17 Reviews
Love of Venice can strike anyone, not just romantic wusses. Among the toughies with serious cases were Lord Byron, Richard Wagner, Ezra Pound, and Ernest Hemingway. Symptoms include: Wishing that the movie stars in films set in Venice would move aside so that you can get a better view of the scenery. Wondering why people ask if you had good weather when you were thereas if rain could dampen your love. Thinking that people who go to Tuscany or Provence must be nuts. Believing that the "Per San Marco" street sign with arrows pointing in opposite directions makes perfect sense. Consoling yourself when you leave by remembering the generations of Venetian merchants who, as they were borne away from Venice, vowed to be back as soon as they had more money. There is no cure for this affliction. This is a guide to managing it.
  

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Review: No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice

User Review  - Simon - Goodreads

This is an amiable --- very amiable --- shaggy dog of a book. Judith Martin's love for Venice is passionate, but it doesn't prevent her from gently snickering at both herself and the city. The book is ... Read full review

Review: No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice

User Review  - Shannon - Goodreads

Reading this book is very much like sitting still while somebody shows you their vacation slideshow. It's in no way a useful guide to Venice, and even the most avid Judith Martin fans (of which I am ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
11
Youre a Tourist and Im Not
15
Getting Your Feet Wet
55
Great Moments in Venetian History
94
Venice with Your Imaginary Friend
130
Adopt Your Landlord
169
Venice Depicted
205
Going Overboard
244
Bridging the Sighs
277
Credits
315
Index
319
Copyright

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About the author (2007)

Judith Martin, born a perfect lady in an imperfect society, is the author of the "Miss Manners" columns and best-selling books, two novels, and a travel book on Venice. She and her husband live in Washington, DC.

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