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2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 2.00 (21 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Louis Begley Narrator: Malcolm Hillgartner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Every year for all 30 they have been married, Louis Begley and Anka Muhlstein have escaped to Venice to write. In Venice for Lovers, Begley and Muhlstein fashion their own personal homages to Venice, one with a novella, the other with a personal essay.

In her contribution, Muhlstein charmingly describes how, over the course of the years, she and her husband have adopted four eating places, 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.

They meet Venetians like Ernesto, who tells them of the great flood that nearly destroyed the beautiful city and Nerone, an authoritarian chef who serves the freshest seafood and throws yesterday's catch to the cats. And they spend blissful hours at such eateries as Da Fiore, named by The International Herald Tribune one of the 10 best restaurants in the world, but which, unfazed, retains its rustic simplicity.

In his novella, Begley writes a story of falling in love with - and in - Venice. His 20-year-old protagonist, enamored with an older, far worldlier woman of 27, is lured by her to the City of Water, only to be 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 portrayal of the city's place within world literature demonstrates: Henry James, Marcel Proust and Thomas Mann were all illustrious predecessors.

By turns humorous, nostalgic, and spellbinding, Venice for Lovers is a very private view of a place that will forever inspire dreams of love and passion. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Susie Kling | 11/14/2010

    " I could have done without the explicit sex information but enjoyed the descriptions of Venice and the restaurants and the food. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Christi | 4/12/2009

    " Not what I expected. I love Louis Begley. The sex seemed sordid. I did love the descriptions of Venice,the food and the fact that he and his wife return to Venice every year. "

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About the Author
Author Louis Begley

Louis Begley lives in New York City. His previous novels are The Man Who Was Late, As Max Saw It, About Schimdt, Mistler’s Exit, Schmidt Delivered, and Shipwreck.