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The Politics of Washing: Real Life in Venice [Anglais] [Broché]

Polly Coles

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Warts and Roses 23 juin 2013
Par takingadayoff - Publié sur
Imagine what it's like to live in Venice. You probably already have imagined. Even allowing for the reality of occasional flooding and constant tourist crowds, it still seems like a magnificently romantic place to live.

Your dream of living in Venice most likely doesn't include four children ages 12 and under, but Polly Coles, a Londoner, and her Italian husband don't let their large family keep them from taking the plunge and they all move to Venice for a year. It makes for a change from the typical retire-to-a-villa-in-France-or-Italy memoir.

The book seems unstructured, although it's set up as a chronological narrative of a year in Venice. It's more a collection of observations and vignettes of their life in a city that is both eternal and endangered. Coles describes the complicated logistics of having a new washing machine delivered and the old one taken away in a town without streets or cars or elevators. In true British fashion, she doesn't let the threat of rain (or even actual rain) stop her from holding a children's birthday party in the campo. She goes to parent-teacher conferences and grapples with "tu' and 'lei', the familiar and polite forms of 'you'.

And, in true Venetian form, Coles participates in the most popular local sport, complaining about tourists.

There's just as much complaining and snark about inconsiderate neighbors as about there is about clueless tourists, and Coles often stops to appreciate the beauty and unique atmosphere of her adopted town. You get the full picture, the Venetian warts as well as roses.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 As I knew it would be 22 juillet 2013
Par Judith Abraham - Publié sur
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I have travelled to Venice a number of times, and have often wished
I could live there. Polly Coles has written of my own brief experiences,
and added so many more that involve her children and daily life. This
really is Venice, as I knew it would be...
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The other side of Venice... 5 juin 2014
Par THE TEACH - Publié sur
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I enjoyed how well written this memoir is...couldn't put it down, actually. If you've been to Venice and imagined yourself living there, wondering what it would really be like, this is one way to glimpse the possibility. If you are a lover of Donna Leon' s Brunetti books, as am I, this gives you an in depth look at the allusions made there about life in Venice...the tourists that the locals despise but which now sustain the city ...the gypsies, the beggars, the Africans selling fake merchandise, the struggles of everyday life in a city without cars, super markets and all the other things we think we can't live without. And how the Venetians always know you're not one of them no matter that it's December and the city is nearly devoid of tourists, no matter how hard you try and wish you were. An excellent read if you love Venice...and how can anyone not?
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A thought-provoking immersion into a mysterious city. 24 avril 2014
Par Marilyn Gottlieb Levy - Publié sur
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I am buying a dozen of Polly Coles books to give as gifts to my friends who plan to visit Venice.
We often start my husband's business trips to Prato with a few days in Venice. We consider ourselves
in between tourists and temporary inhabitants and can identify with the vignettes in The Politics of Washing. Ms. Coles captures so many of the nuances of this spectacular city as well as the complex emotions one feels while walking the neighborhoods. Her writing takes an ordinary area and dresses it in vivid descriptions. It is an easy-to-read, enlightening set of vignettes that add up to a powerful, thought-provoking immersion into a mysterious city. Marilyn Gottlieb, author, Life with an Accent.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting Book on Venice 23 avril 2014
Par Sarah E. Clark - Publié sur
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Coles combines an engaging personal story of her families adjustment to living in Venice with her concerns for the fate of the city. She provides a vivid picture of the damaging effects to the city from the tourist invasion , both physically to the environment and emotionally to long time residents who can no longer afford to live in their own city.

Her descriptions of Venice's beauty made me want to go there -- and those of its fragility made me feel that I should not go there!
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