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The City of Falling Angels

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Wonderful Insights Into the City of Venice

I read City of Falling Angels a few weeks before my wife and I took our first trip to Italy. I didn't have much time for detailed research about Venice, but I wanted to get a taste of the city's history and culture.

I couldn't have found a more perfect book in Fallin...
I read City of Falling Angels a few weeks before my wife and I took our first trip to Italy. I didn't have much time for detailed research about Venice, but I wanted to get a taste of the city's history and culture.

I couldn't have found a more perfect book in Falling Angels. While Berendt's tale is ostensibly focused on the fire that burned down Venice's famous Fenice Opera House, the story turns quickly into multiple threads all orbiting around modern and historic Venice.

Berendt lived in Venice and so can provide a peek into a Venetian's view of life and existence within this unique city, but he never becomes a true Venetian and so is able to retain objectivity and perspective.

I visited Venice as a true tourist, but as someone who wanted to understand what Venice is really like (beyond its reputation as an Adult's Disney World), I felt that Falling Angels added wonderful flavor to my brief taste of the city.

The book is well written, very readable and has a strong sense of drama throughout. I highly recommend it.

posted by JGolomb on February 4, 2010

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2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

As much gossip as history!

I wasn't sure what I was going to read; but since Midnight in the Garden of Evil had been enjoyable, I expected the same. The books centers around the fire at the Venice Opera House, but never fully answers are the questions as to why, the complete rebuilding story, wh...
I wasn't sure what I was going to read; but since Midnight in the Garden of Evil had been enjoyable, I expected the same. The books centers around the fire at the Venice Opera House, but never fully answers are the questions as to why, the complete rebuilding story, where all the money for rebuilding came from, etc. Having recently been in Venice (and now regretfully not going in the new opera house, though we walked by it), it was interesting to read about the difficulties with the fire, the rebuilding process, other locations in Venice that are mentioned. I felt it ended up being more of a who-said, who-disliked whom book rather than completely focusing on the opera house itself.

posted by TBill on March 12, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2008

    NOT up to Midnight's standard

    Starts out ok but quickly loses steam. Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was a brilliant book. Brilliant! But this is really second rate. Honestly, I had a hard time finishing it. Really boring. The character development was not at all what it was in Midnight. The story of the city never really came together in my mind (and after visiting Savannah, I don't really think the story REALLY portrayed that city either, but it was STILL a great book) and nothing at all compelled me to even keep reading, much less learn more about Venice. A sadly disappointing experience.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2008

    A gossip magazine disguised as a book

    I found this book to be unenlightening, boring, and empty. It's a book full of the latest gossip out of Venice, and completely lacking a story line besides following the author who is trying to get in everyone's business.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2006

    disappointment

    iam very disappointed in the book. To chatty and really nothing important about Venice , other than gossip...It just renforces my ideas about the rich and famous,how trivial they can be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2005

    Disappointing

    Pretty boring book. I kept waiting for the storyline to improve....but can't say that it did. Just when I thought it may become interesting, I'm reading through another 30 pages of some type of Venetian history. Not that Venetian history isn't amazing, it's just not what I expected from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    No Midnight

    No Midnight Not bad, but definitely not up to precedent set by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I think that Berendt 'gets' Venice and what it means to be Venetian, but there is not enough to fill 400 pages with information relevant to the Fenice. This is more a book of the personal memoirs of a man¿s personal journey to Venice than it is of the Fenice and its history.

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