My Venice

My Venice

And Other Essays

eBook - 2013
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A collection of "entertaining . . . unapologetically opinionated" essays from the New York Times–bestselling author of the Commissario Guido Brunetti novels (The New York Times).

Donna Leon has won legions of fans and waves of critical acclaim for her international bestselling mystery series featuring Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti—not only for her intricate plots and gripping narratives, but for her insight into the culture, politics, family-life, and history of Venice. But outside of her mystery novels, Leon has also been writing essays on Venetian life and related topics for years.

In My Venice and Other Essays, the best of these essays are collected: more than fifty charming and insightful works ranging in topic from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with rehabbing Venetian real estate. Leon shares episodes from her life, explores her love of opera, and recounts tales from in and around her country house in the mountains. With pointed observations and humor, she also explores her family history, her former life in New Jersey, and the idea of the "Italian man."

Sure to please longtime Leon fans as well as anyone who appreciates the wit and wisdom of a master wordsmith, this volume offers "an intriguing glimpse at the strong views of an exceptionally interesting and entertaining novelist" (The Seattle Times).
Publisher: Grove Atlantic


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Oct 24, 2014

Very short essays, which must have been published elsewhere, many of them years ago. Dates and places of publications would have improved the book a lot. Not many are really about Venice itself, though some of those are the best. One, for instance, is why Venice's lack of cars is among its primary virtues for residents. She shows her rage over a number of issues, including how Italian and New York men treat women. I loved some of her essays on life in her house in the Italian mountains, and how she and her brother coped with their mother's funeral. My favorite was a hilarious, understated conversation with an unnamed woman who also writes crime fiction, about their favorite ways of killing people. She has, in general, made Brunetti more compassionate than she comes off in some of these essays.

ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2014

"Mystery fans will recognize Donna Leon's name -- she's the author of the critically acclaimed Guido Brunetti series set in Venice. Having lived in Italy for three decades, Leon knows the floating city well. Here, in a series of short essays, she shares her opinions about the onslaught of masses of tourists to her adopted home (she's not a fan), as well as a wide variety of other subjects (she's also not keen about the American obesity epidemic or the treatment of women in Saudi Arabia). Even if you've never read her eloquent, atmospheric novels, anyone interested in an intimate look at Venice will find Leon to be a no-nonsense guide who writes in "sharply revealing and precisely vivid sentences" (Library Journal)." Armchair Travel February 2014 newsletter

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