Venice for Lovers

Product Number: EB00641391
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802198693
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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With an unforgettable novella and brilliant essays, a writing couple delivers "a love letter to an ancient Italian city by the sea" (The Washington Post). Venice for Lovers is a memorable collaboration by two fine stylists who have fashioned their own personal homages to Venice, one with a novella, the other with a personal essay. Every year for all the thirty they have been married, Begley and Muhlstein have escaped to Venice to write. In her contribution to the book, Muhlstein charmingly describes how she and her husband dine at the same restaurant every night for years on end, and how becoming friends with restaurateurs has been an unsurpassed means of getting to know the city and its inhabitants, far from the tourists in San Marco Square. In his short novella, Begley writes a story of falling in love with and in Venice. His twenty-year-old protagonist, enamored with an older, far worldlier woman of twenty-seven, is lured by her to the City of Water, only to be unceremoniously dumped and left to fend for himself after a brief rendezvous. But he discovers a lasting love for Venice itself not an uncommon romance, as Begley's brilliant literary essay on the city's place within world literature demonstrates: Henry James, Marcel Proust, and Thomas Mann were all illustrious predecessors. "Refreshing and delightful. Begley and Muhlstein manage to combine in one volume the innocent ardor of a first-time visitor and the seasoned appreciation of longtime lovers." —Don George, National Geographic Traveler

Genre: Travel
Original Publish Date: Nov 20, 2009

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Narrator(s): Malcolm Hillgartner
Genre: Travel
Product Number CB781
Released: Nov 01, 2008
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Publisher: Brilliance Audio
ISBN: #9781423374626

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