The silent gondoliers: a fable

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Ballantine Books, Nov 1, 1983 - Fiction - 110 pages
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In this heart-warming, hilarious fable, told by William Goldman's alter ego, S. Morgenstern (also the author of The Princess Bride), we learn that the gondoliers of Venice once had the finest singing voices in the world. Morgenstern then goes on to unveil the secret mystery behind their sudden silence, teaching us along the way about such significant historical figures as John the Bastard, Laura Lorenzini, the centenarian Cristaldi the Pickle, Enrico Caruso, Porky XII, the Great Sorrento, the Queen of Corsica -- and, of course, the one and only Luigi, the ace gondolier with the goony smile.

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I loved this writing style. - Goodreads
Very short and easy to read, as well as entertaining. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Katie Tatton - Goodreads

A charming, off-beat story that reminded me a bit of the style of Neil Gaiman, The Silent Gondoliers tells the story of Luigi, the best gondolier with the worst voice to ever grace Venice and how his dreams are taken away but still live in his heart, and how he stays true to himself. Read full review

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User Review  - Debbie - Goodreads

This was sweet, and dreamlike in its simplicity. Goldman has written a lovely fable about dreams, and loyalty, and perseverance, and community. Read full review

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About the author (1983)

William Goldman is a novelist and screenwriter whose books include Boys and Girls Together, Marathon Man, and The Silent Gondoliers: a Fable by S. Morgenstern. Movies he has written include "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," "The Stepford Wives," "All the President's Men," "Marathon Man," and "A Bridge Too Far.

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