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Venetian Stories

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Venetian Stories by Jane Turner Rylands
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May 11, 2004 | ISBN 9781400032624

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“Engaging…Rylands writes with playful elegance and a crisp layer of understated wit.”–Los Angeles Times

“Rylands’ stories are like a teaspoon of grated Parmesan washed down with a swallow of hearty red wine. They’re a discreet indulgence.” –

“For anyone who has been bewitched by Venice, the melancholy of Venetian Stories rings true, and it is, indeed, part of the enchantment of the stories and the remarkable city that inspired them.” –The Seattle Times

“Wry yet poignant tales, the best of which startle with Edith Wharton-like twists…a rare, insider’s perspective of a city whose uncertain future makes its past all the more dear.”–Vogue

“These well-informed and well-told Venetian Stories may be as good an insider’s guide as any for the contemporary traveler to the city.” –The Commercial Appeal

“In magnificent prose…. The reader slowly sees the never-ending circle of gossip, intrigue, and heart-wrenching stories of diminished wealth, uncertainty, and gloom that occurs in a city that will never again be what it once was, in a society that is, perhaps, as polluted as the Grand Canal itself.” –Booklist

“These are charming tales of the personal vision of a city with a highly public character. . . . Smart and vivid.” –Kirkus Reviews

“Everything is connected in this clever book of 12 linked stories: islands, people, whole interesting cultures. . . . Rylands’s intricately worked mosaic will please anyone heading to Venice or dreaming of the next visit.” –Publishers Weekly

“Reading Venetian Stories is like taking a vaporetto ride down the Grand Canal. . . . The pleasure is in the ride. . . . Serenissimaniacs only need apply.” –Dallas Morning News

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