The City of Falling Angels
Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling... show more
Twelve years ago, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil exploded into a monumental success, residing a record-breaking four years on the New York Times bestseller list (longer than any work of fiction or nonfiction had before) and turning John Berendt into a household name. The City of Falling Angels is Berendt's first book since Midnight, and it immediately reminds one what all the fuss was about. Turning to the magic, mystery, and decadence of Venice, Berendt gradually reveals the truth behind a sensational fire that in 1996 destroyed the historic Fenice opera house. Encountering a rich cast of characters, Berendt tells a tale full of atmosphere and surprise as the stories build, one after the other, ultimately coming together to portray a world as finely drawn as a still-life painting.
Publish date: September 26th 2006
Pages no: 414
Edition language: English
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My first trip to Venice was with my daughter, celebrating her 21st birthday. It was late August, overrun with tourists, unbelievably hot, and we hated it. On our second trip, several years later for a week in October, we fell in love with Venice.Berendt's book is an engaging look at the catastrophic...
I thought Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was overrated, and there's nothing in this one to change my mind. I've listed it as a mystery, because it ostensibly concerns who might have set the fire that consumed La Fenice (the opera house in Venice), but it's really just an excuse for name-dro...
While the topics have nothing in common, both of Berendt's books have been delights to read. I read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil to see if any of my Savannah relatives were mentioned (they weren't) and I read The City of Falling Angels to see if it could keep me as entertained as the firs...
Not really cohesive enough.
Mr. Berendt happened to be visiting Venice in January of 1996 when a fire destroyed the Fenice Opera House. Being an author, it would make sense that he decided to write about it.Including “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” among my favorite books I had some high expectations for this book. ...