The Politics of Washing

The Politics of Washing

Real Life in Venice

Book - 2013
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A riveting account of ordinary life in an extraordinary place, packed with charming anecdotes that will have readers hooked on Venetian life   The beautiful city of Venice has been a fantasy land for people from around the globe for centuries, but what is it like to live there? To move house by boat, to get a child with a broken leg to a hospital, or to set off for school one morning, only to find that the streets have become rivers and the playground is a lake full of sewage? When Polly Coles and her family left England for Venice, they discovered a city caught between modern and ancient life--where the locals still go on an annual pilgrimage to give thanks for the end of the Black Death, where schools are housed in renaissance palaces, and your new washing machine can only be delivered on foot. This is a city perilously under siege from tourism, but its people refuse to give it up--indeed they love it with a passion. This book is a fascinating window into the world of ordinary Venetians and the strange and unique place they call home.
Publisher: London : Robert Hale Limited, 2013.
ISBN: 9780719808784
Branch Call Number: 945.311 COL
Characteristics: 206 pages ;,22 cm


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Dec 19, 2016

Having visited Venice a few years ago, i was captivated by this book and its examination of everyday life there, a life no tourist can appreciate. It also offered much insight into how damaging tourism has been to the city's culture and heritage, where authenticity is now an 'endangered species."

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