The City of Falling Angels

The City of Falling Angels

Audiobook CD - 2005
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Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble--foundations shift, marble ornaments fall--even as efforts to preserve them are underway. This book opens in 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house, a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective--inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city--while gradually revealing the truth about the fire. He introduces us to a rich cast of characters, Venetian and expatriate, in a tale full of atmosphere and surprise which reveals a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting. The fire and its aftermath serve as a leitmotif, adding elements of chaos, corruption, and crime and contributing to the ever-mounting suspense.--From publisher description.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p2005
ISBN: 9781415924761
1415924767
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr., 1 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Graham, Holter

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Sep 04, 2015

A rambling, fascinating book that delves into several segments of the current affairs in Venice while using the fire that burned down the Venice Opera House as a back drop. Made me decide to visit the city in the off season, to my wife's great delight.

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