Venice: Pure City
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 02.11.2010 - 352 Seiten
In this magnificent 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. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in 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. 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.
We could have no better guide to this most exceptional of cities - reading Ackroyd's Venice is, in itself, a glorious journey and the perfect holiday.
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - ursula - LibraryThing
What follows are more some thoughts on Venice: Pure City than a review. I was hoping it would help me understand some of the mystique surrounding Venice. When I visited there, I thought it was ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - pierthinker - LibraryThing
Not really a history; not a travelogue; not a visitors guide; hardly a mention of individual personalities and then only in the sketchiest form. Yet, this book includes all these properties and ... Vollständige Rezension lesen