Thousand Days in Venice / Edition 1

Thousand Days in Venice / Edition 1

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by Marlena de Blasi
     
 

ISBN-10: 0345457641

ISBN-13: 2900345457645

Pub. Date: 06/03/2003

Publisher: Random House Publishing Group



He saw her across the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; and she, a divorced American chef, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her heart has lost its capacity for romantic love. But…  See more details below

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He saw her across the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; and she, a divorced American chef, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her heart has lost its capacity for romantic love. But within months of their first meeting, she has packed up her house in St. Louis to marry Fernando—“the stranger,” as she calls him—and live in that achingly lovely city in which they met.

Vibrant but vaguely baffled by this bold move, Marlena is overwhelmed by the sheer foreignness of her new home, its rituals and customs. But there are delicious moments when Venice opens up its arms to Marlena. She cooks an American feast of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals . . . and takes the tango she learned in the Poughkeepsie middle school gym to a candlelit trattoría near the Rialto Bridge. All the while, she and Fernando, two disparate souls, build an extraordinary life of passion and possibility.

Featuring Marlena’s own incredible recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the enchanting true story of a woman who opens her heart—and falls in love with both a man and a city.


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ISBN-13:
2900345457645
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2003
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304

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A Thousand Days in Venice 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
dlucz More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It transported me to Venice, letting me remain to enjoy not only the food and romance but experience the beauty of Marlena's writing - which was so beautifully written - it often brought tears to my eyes. I savored every word!
JanetCDiCicco More than 1 year ago
A little slow moving but extremely interesting if you have visited or are about to visit Venice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Read this book for the purpose of learning more about Venice and the food. If you're reading it for plot and storyline you will end up disappointed. I enjoyed this book when I opened my mind to learning about the culture and the beauty of food and wine.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In St. Louis, Marlena lives alone having been divorced and her two adult children out from the roost. She is a successful chef and food writer, but has little to show in her recent personal life. Marlena travels to Venice where the Stranger stares at her as if she is Miss Italy. Banker Fernando believes that he has found his soul mate. They talk and share a romantic interlude before she returns to Missouri.

Surprisingly, he travels to the States to persuade Marlena that this is love. She agrees to go to Venice because this may be love. Neither understands the desires of the other except for the passion between them, yet a warm relationship forms as love, indeed, flourishes. However, will her spontaneity and her love for cooking die or will she bring her beloved into the world of the gourmand.

Marlena de Blasi provides uses the novel format to explain how she and her beloved met, fell in love, and forged a relationship. The true story simmers slowly so that those who demand instant gratification will want to pass. Those readers who relish a tasteful morsel (and a few recipes) will appreciate this true eternal love story found during the author's middle age when society catalogues folks as part of the over the hill gang.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Marlena de Blasi is truly a sensual romantic. Her accurate and gorgeous descriptions of Venice, the people, the climate and especially the food transported me back to the wonderfull times I spent there. Marlena is a woman who experiences life through all of the senses, especially taste and she so generously shares her excellent recipes with us. I greatly admire how Marlena takes risks and gives up what's safe and conventional in life, and follows the instincts of her heart. Lucky for us, she shares her experiences as an inspiration to seek our own la dolce vita. Brava Marlena!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had a hoot of a good time reading this little 'real romance.' It's not rocket science, but it was fun to read about Italy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book captured me from the start. By the end of the first chapter, I was in tears, reading it to my mother, explaining about this amazing true story of true love. Captivating writing by a woman who finds love in a stranger, trusts the fates and jumps head first into romance, and a new life in Italy. Take me to Venice so that I can absorb all the romance this sinking city eminates. I cannot wait for the continuing story of Marlena and the stranger.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I expected this book to be so much better. I did read the whole thing, even though the writing wasn't very good and it wasn't romantic at all. Basically it was somewhat interesting to hear about Italy since I've never been there. But this food writer is not good at this genre of writing. The more I thought about it after I read it, the less I liked it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story could have been interesting; however, the author left out very pertinent details. She is obviously very good at writing about food and travel as I thoroughly enjoyed the details of her surroundings. She talked about food, cooking and Venice in a very sensual manner but I found it somewhat awkward that this supposed romantic tale had little to no references to emotions that are normally so obvious when you meet someone, fall in love and decide to spend the rest of your lives together. She gave more information about neighborhoods, local merchants, restaurants, etc. than she did about her husband. I also thought it was odd that she continued to call him the stranger throughout the book. That was fine at the beginning, but needed to go by the time they got married. It's a good story, but only half of it is in the telling. The comparison made by the Philadelphia Inquirer to 'Bridges of Madison County' is way, way off.
travelreads More than 1 year ago
What a fun book. Great descriptions of Italy. This should be a book on tape also. I would love to hear her read it. Great for a flight or beach. Easy and follows well. Just fun.