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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Very short and easy to read, as well as entertaining. - Goodreads
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The illustrations, meanwhile, are weird. - Goodreads

Review: The Silent Gondoliers

User Review  - Annie - Goodreads

A short book, only a touch over 80 pages, it was a quick read. It was different than The Princess Bride, it didn't have the same wit, but it was very enjoyable, with a host of quirky and memorable ... Read full review

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User Review  - Julie - Goodreads

This is a story about why the gondoliers of Venice no longer sing. I really loved The Princess Bride and will admit the only reason I read this book was because it was by the same author. This story ... Read full review


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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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