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Paradise of Cities

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Paradise of Cities by John Julius Norwich
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Nov 09, 2004 | ISBN 9781400032372

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“Engaging. . . . Lively. . . . Norwich is an enchanting and satisfying raconteur.” –The Washington Post

“A richly textured, colorfully told saga. . . . Beautifully illustrated, Paradise of Cities contains much that will instruct, divert and delight.” –Los Angeles Times

“Personable. . . . Hovers delightfully between history and gossip. . . . Even non-Venetians will feel a tug of nostalgia for the world he describes.” –Newsday

“Lively. . . . Norwich . . . is certainly the English language’s most passionate and dedicated chronicler of [Venice’s] extraordinary history. . . . Paradise of Cities offers delicious new insights [and] open[s] a door to one of the world’s most memorable cities.” –The Seattle Times

“Suavely presented. . . . Appealing. . . . Full of relishable moments. . . . Paradise of Cities shows a sharp eye for the curious and entertaining. . . . It lights up many facets of expatriate life in the world’s most inexhaustibly alluring city.” –The Sunday Times (London)

“Illuminating. . . . Norwich is a historian of uncommon urbanity: scholarly and erudite but never pedantic. His style is as graceful and easy as it is knowledgeable.” –Los Angeles Times

“Stylish, resonant, indelible . . . an ode to a very splendid and unique city.” –Booklist (starred and boxed review)

“Supremely readable and often witty.” –The Guardian

“First-rate. . . . Lovely. . . . Engaging. . . . Informed by first rate scholarship and leavened with deep affection. . . . The subject is wonderfully rich, the chronicler gifted and knowledgeable.” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Engaging. . . . Makes intelligent sense out of how Venice evolved from the pleasure capital of 17th- and 18th-century Europe . . . into a 21st-century aesthetic temple.” –Financial Times

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