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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,622 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Berendt Narrator: John Berend Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evilachieved a record-breaking four-year run on The New York Timesbestseller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46 percent. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice-a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. 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. The City of Falling Angels opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice 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. In the course of his investigations, Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters: a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking "suicide" prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own; the first family of American expatriates that loses possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership; an organization of high-society, partygoing Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice, while quarreling in public among themselves, questioning one another's motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray; a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur; the master glassblower of Venice; and numerous others-stool pigeons, scapegoats, hustlers, sleepwalkers, believers in Martians, the Plant Man, the Rat Man, and Henry James.

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  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Aurynn Shaw | 2/16/2014

    " Interesting and definitely very hard to quantify. But definitely enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sandy | 2/14/2014

    " The characters of a byzantine city... how fascinating! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Laura | 2/8/2014

    " True stories of Venetians set in Venice surrounding the fire of the Fenice Opera House. It was interesting--sometimes fascinating, sometimes tedious. Only my love for history kept me committed to staying with this book to the end, but, overall, a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gloria | 1/26/2014

    " The book make you feel like you know the city of Venice, but Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil it is not. "

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