Thursday, 20 November 2008
A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi
Subtitled "An Unexpected Romance", this book does provide you with a highly romantic view of life and of Venice, but then Venice must be one of the most romantic cities in Europe, if not on earth.The story, a true story, is based on what I once would have dismissed as a ridiculously fanciful notion, that of love at first sight. I'm older and wiser now, and I would never now reject such an idea out of hand. Nevertheless, some of it is hard to swallow. Really, would you give up your life in St Louis to marry someone after barely a few weeks' acquaintance?
However we aren't here to discuss romantic notions, but Venice and whether we can find ourselves there through reading. We can. Marlena de Blasi has managed to pin down the essence of Venice, the delight and joy of merely being there. Some people may think it over-done: I don't believe they can ever have been to Venice.
You can find A Thousand Days in Venice at Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk