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There s a copy of this in our apartment I ve been reading it with rucola salad dinners The stories are simple and they make me want to catapult the expatriate bourgeoisie author included into the Grand Canal with a vehemence that can only be explained by the fact that I aspire to bourgeois expatriateness, don t I. Lovely collection of interconnected stories. I really liked this book because each chapter was a separate story, now and then linking some people together from other chapters and the first and last chapter tying it all together It definitely gives a different view of Venezia than what you see as a day tourist Venezia is not JUST lovely buildings and picturesque alleys. 3.5 A read that expanded my recent experience of Venice through seeing this aged city through the eyes of twelve different protagonists I enjoyed the Interpreter story viewing the re emergence of a palazzo through it s new owner s occupation and her willingness to adjust to the inherent history within I also enjoyed experiencing the day to day life of a native gondolier and the pesky hassles that come with that job Some of the stories are somewhat dark, maybe this references the foreboding 3.5 A read that expanded my recent experience of Venice through seeing this aged city through the eyes of twelve different protagonists I enjoyed the Interpreter story viewing the re emergence of a palazzo through it s new owner s occupation and her willingness to adjust to the inherent history within I also enjoyed experiencing the day to day life of a native gondolier and the pesky hassles that come with that job Some of the stories are somewhat dark, maybe this references the foreboding sense of the water encroaching or perhaps it alludes to the superstitious beliefs that pervade and imbue the city with magic 2004 I enjoyed almost all 12 stories in this book, and I liked how much of them interlock in some way or another The descriptions of Venice made it come alive, and the different viewpoints encompassed a wide variety of people from a visitor to the city to the mayor You could really tell that the author wanted you to see that the city s upper class life was fading in most of the stories However, I had some problems as well About three of the stories I didn t really get They just seemed 2004 I enjoyed almost all 12 stories in this book, and I liked how much of them interlock in some way or another The descriptions of Venice made it come alive, and the different viewpoints encompassed a wide variety of people from a visitor to the city to the mayor You could really tell that the author wanted you to see that the city s upper class life was fading in most of the stories However, I had some problems as well About three of the stories I didn t really get They just seemed to make no sense whatsoever I also found it odd she only wrote about four women, I had wished fora balance there Lastly, I often felt like the author was being condescending to the reader, which was a bit of a turnoff Alright, but nothing great I picked up this book a whopping six years ago while perusing a bookstore in Venice with my family It s taken me this long to finally get around to reading it, and it took me 4 months of on and off reading to finish the 12 stories in this volume That being said, this is a very pleasant read I enjoyed it and found it both light and mysterious, distant and intimate, and compelling.While some of the stories held virtually no appeal for me Interpreter, anyone Hello, crazy cat lady , others we I picked up this book a whopping six years ago while perusing a bookstore in Venice with my family It s taken me this long to finally get around to reading it, and it took me 4 months of on and off reading to finish the 12 stories in this volume That being said, this is a very pleasant read I enjoyed it and found it both light and mysterious, distant and intimate, and compelling.While some of the stories held virtually no appeal for me Interpreter, anyone Hello, crazy cat lady , others were pretty and somewhat touching Though I didn t grow attached to any of the characters there wasn t enough time for that , I still enjoyed Reynolds s style and insights into Venetian life in that crumbling city and society |Download Book ☱ Venetian Stories ☮ In these brilliantly realized, linked tales, the real Venice is revealed not the iconic tourist destination the city has become, but the mysterious society that resides behind its elegant doors and shuttered windows With a sly and affectionate delicacy, Jane Turner Rylands, an American expatriate who has lived in Venice for thirty years, portrays a dozen Venetians a construction foreman, a countess, a gondolier, a postman, an architect, a Baronessa, an English lord as they pursue their respective interests And in turn, through the perspective of those who live and work in this most alluring of cities, Venetian Stories illuminates canals and palazzos, churches and gondolas, large concerns and small rituals, with an uncommon intimacy American expat Jane Turner Rylands has lived in Venice for thirty years She knows her city and she writes a very good short story Her Venetian Stories are particularly satisfyingly linked through her characters who appear and reappear from story to story It is not necessary to know that she is the wife of the director of the Guggenheim located in Peggy Guggenheim s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, but it places her stories in perspective, and she has reputedly used American expat Jane Turner Rylands has lived in Venice for thirty years She knows her city and she writes a very good short story Her Venetian Stories are particularly satisfyingly linked through her characters who appear and reappear from story to story It is not necessary to know that she is the wife of the director of the Guggenheim located in Peggy Guggenheim s former home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni on the Grand Canal, but it places her stories in perspective, and she has reputedly used at least one of them as a means of avenging herself on American journalists vis vis the Ezra Pound affair All this aside, my first visit to Venice was greatly enhanced by my having read Venetian Stories and I highly recommend this collection Since I have been reading several books set in Venice before a visit to La Serenissima, I added this to the to read list I wanted to like it but, while it purports to describe Venetian and ex pat types in engaging interlocking vignettes, I found the writing mediocre over or underwritten, at times and the portraits of people downright boring I much preferred how characters were sketched in The City of Falling Angels Since I have been reading several books set in Venice before a visit to La Serenissima, I added this to the to read list I wanted to like it but, while it purports to describe Venetian and ex pat types in engaging interlocking vignettes, I found the writing mediocre over or underwritten, at times and the portraits of people downright boring I much preferred how characters were sketched in The City of Falling Angels These stories seem of another era I think of Katherine Mansfield or even Kate Chopin Yet, the concerns of the characters are contemporary the decay of Venice, the problems of transportation, money Contemporary and timeless My favorite story so far is The Interpreter for its surprising narrative turns and twists of fate.