- Taschenbuch: 512 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage Books (2. August 2010)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0099422565
- ISBN-13: 978-0099422563
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,8 x 3,3 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 80.321 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Venice: Pure City (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 2. August 2010
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"Yet another wonderful biography of a city" (Lesley McDowell The Independent on Sunday)
"He is brilliant on beginnings... Ackroyd covers an immense amount of ground with verve and elegance" (Independent on Sunday)
"Ackroyd tells the story well...where he excels is in his descriptions...he writes beguilingly" (Guardian)
"Ackroyd is hugely intelligent and formidably industrious; there can be few people, Venetian or foreign, who know Venice better than he... It is full of good things" (Daily Telegraph)
"Elegant... Interweaving psychogeographical investigation with history, picking out defining characteristics which were present from its earliest days" (Scotsman)
Peter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial - a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice: ultimate city.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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One thing immediately noticeable is the jacket, or half-jacket, that covers only the bottom 6 inches of the cover.
The half-jacket bears the name of the book and a standard view of St. Mark's Square with the Doge's Palace, and in front of it, several gondolas in the Grand Canal.
The upper part of the cover and the half-jacket reveal what almost all travelers have noted, that Venice is very beautiful.
What is hiding behind Peter Ackroyd's half-jacket is the lower part of the cover, which I daresay cannot be called beautiful. Grotesque is a better word. I won't tell you what is depicted, which for all I know may come only with the hardcopy (the hardcopy would be my recommendation). But the pretty jacket concealing something that is not pretty, fits in with Ackroyd's overall revelations about Venice throughout the book.
Ackroyd stresses that Venice has always rested uneasy on the sea and is predominately surface and show. The façades of houses are covered with attractive sheets of varied colors of marble. Hence the beauty. Behind the façades, the construction material is brick, not blocks of marble. The houses rest on 10 or 12-foot wooden poles sunk down into the mud to reach a firm foundation of harder clay and dense sand. These pilings can last a thousand years if they remain submerged. Returned to air they would crumble.
The sea continuously seeks to reclaim Venice's 35-mile by 6-mile stretch of 117 islands. The city has always been in danger of disappearing into the sea. Yet the sea and the city's industry have been their life of far-flung trade. Ackroyd traces its history from early beginnings to a once great warring empire to its present position of attracting and depending upon worldwide tourism.
Ackroyd's enormous research is greatly evident. His writing is masterly. He is an excellent guide through Venice's life, religion, government, trade, industry, history, and myth. Venice is thoroughly fascinating.
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