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Venetian Curiosities [Format Kindle]

Donna Leon

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In a city as ancient as Venice, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation record more than just love or murder. They are the storehouse of a city's mores, emblems of its identity. In Venetian Curiosities, acclaimed novelist Donna Leon recounts some of Venice's most intriguing tales: an elephant brought in for Carnival wreaks havoc upon the city before seeking refuge in a church, the city employs prostitutes in an attempt to prevent homosexuality, innocent men are mistakenly condemned to death, a gambler bets the family palazzo. In an introduction and seven essays, Leon offers enchanting details and astute insights into Venetian customs of the past and present.

Venetian Curiosities is beautifully illustrated and, like Handel's Bestiary, it comes with a CD. Here the music is by Antonio Vivaldi, with tracks for each section of the book, expertly played by Il Complesso Barocco. With the splendid music, the delightful images, and the perceptive, amusing words of Donna Leon, Venetian Curiosities is a harmonious exploration of one of the world's most beloved cities.

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In a city as ancient as Venice, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation record more than just love or murder. They are the storehouse of a city's mores, emblems of its identity. In Venetian Curiosities, acclaimed novelist Donna Leon recounts some of Venice's most intriguing tales: an elephant brought in for Carnival wreaks havoc upon the city before seeking refuge in a church, the city employs prostitutes in an attempt to prevent homosexuality, innocent men are mistakenly condemned to death, a gambler bets the family palazzo. In an introduction and seven essays, Leon offers enchanting details and astute insights into Venetian customs of the past and present.

Venetian Curiosities is beautifully illustrated and, like Handel's Bestiary, it comes with a CD. Here the music is by Antonio Vivaldi, with tracks for each section of the book, expertly played by Il Complesso Barocco. With the splendid music, the delightful images, and the perceptive, amusing words of Donna Leon, Venetian Curiosities is a harmonious exploration of one of the world's most beloved cities.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 17773 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 80 pages
  • Editeur : Cornerstone Digital (30 septembre 2013)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00DE15OB2
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Venice, Vivaldi, Canaletto & Longhi: With words and music by Donna Leon and Il Complesso Barocco 26 mars 2012
Par Sharon Isch - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've been puzzling over how to write this review because, while this beautiful little 6"x 6" book/CD combo is, unquestionably, a clever, colorful and gorgeously produced mini marriage of Venetian art, music and folklore...I'm not quite sure who its intended audience is.

Its three parts comprise seven legendary stories Venetians love to tell, retell and embellish, accompanied by full-page, full-color reproductions of paintings or details from paintings of Venice and Venetians by Canaletto and Longhi and, enclosed inside its back cover, a CD with seven Vivaldi concertos, performed by the award winning ensemble Il Complesso Barocco. Listening to the 67-minute CD will probably take longer than reading the seven stories and viewing the accompanying art.

I can see this on the guest room night stands of Yank and Brit expats living in Venice. I can see it as an atmosphere enhancer for someone unwinding at day's end by listening to some Vivaldi or perhaps as a going away gift for a Venice-bound friend, but that's about as far as my imagination takes me. Maybe you can do better. So let me tell you a bit more:

Donna Leon, the American-born creator of the hugely popular Commissario Brunetti detective stories, has delved into her adopted city's Archivo to get to the truth of seven legendary tales Venetians love to tell. She begins with one about an angry Carnavale elephant who stomped off and barricaded himself inside a church. Then some wild tales associated with her adopted city's longtime obsession with gambling. And how Venice's beauteous 16th century prostitutes became its major tourist attraction. And how Venetians' love of luxury would lead to excesses like the well-to-do family who threw their golden plates out the window and into the canal after dinner every night. Then there's the one about the sausage maker acclaimed for his squazzetto, until the night a customer found part of a child's finger in his serving, leading denizens of the neighborhood to wonder if that just might explain its many missing children. And the one about the young baker who, on a cold March morning in 1507, was wrongly accused of theft and hanged, and who's honored to this day with an ever-burning oil lamp somewhere in the basilica, though no one seems to know just where.

The Vivaldi, beautifully played by Il Complesso Barocco, comprises seven concertos for various instruments--two for violin and one each for cello, oboe and bassoon, bassoon, strings, and oboe. This is the same ensemble that performed the Handel arias included with Leon's 2011 book "Handel's Bestiary."
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A Curiosity In Itself! 15 avril 2012
Par F. S. L'hoir - Publié sur Amazon.com
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A lover of Venice, I bought Donna Leon's "Venetian Curiosities" eagerly, and, because I don't usually look for a book's dimensions before I purchase it, I did not appreciate the fact that this 69 + 10 page [not 96, as advertised] volume is more of a Vivaldi CD than a proper book.

That being said, I must note that the illustrations of the characteristic paintings of Pietro Longhi and Canaletto are lovely, and Ms Leon's vignettes of contemporary seventeenth- and eighteenth-century life, manners, and morals in La Serenissima are intriguing--as far as they go. One merely wonders why she did not elaborate on the stories, which, as they are, serve as mere program notes to a pleasant CD of eight Vivaldi concerti. And as program notes, they are less than satisfying, since they say nothing about Vivaldi's music.

I suppose in this economy, one is lucky to have such lovely illustrations so beautifully reproduced, no matter how minuscule, but the book, with its meagre historical snippets, left me feeling a bit underfed, as it were. Like a Venetian version of Oliver Twist, I wanted--and expected--MORE!
13 internautes sur 13 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't expect an absorbing read. 20 mai 2012
Par B. Carlisle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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If you think of this as a book you will be disappointed, but if you think of it as a CD with comprehensive sleeve notes you will be delighted. A Vivaldi CD with paintings by Canaletto and Pietro Longhi, and a few interesting stories about Venice. The book itself can be read in 15 minutes or so.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Venetian Curiosites by Donna Leno with Seven Concerts by Antonio Vivaldi 18 juillet 2012
Par V.J.M - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Venetian CuriositiesVenetian CuriositiesI was delighted when I opened the Amazon Box containing Donna Leona's book,and musical delight. she thought of everything! The Petite size, so common to the period. On every other page we are impressed with classic Vienna Art scenes, The front and back papers are second to none. The tales may seem short to a few, but they correctly sized for the era.These book held bits of opera or small tales and memories. Before the 19th century it was common to carry a small book of delightful stories, one you could slip into a pocket or slide up your sleeve to carry. You might carry some poems or bits of music. Donna Leon has gone beyond the time period's snippets of music and has chose to share 7 Concertos by Antonio Vivaldi II Complesso Barocco With Concertmaster Riccardo Minasi. Donna Leon combined this delightful set of tales surrounding the musical Instruments with the people of Vienna and the tales they might wispier to another. This book tells you more about the very life blood of Vienna inside its pages with the words and music of the city. With Venetian curiosity, Your in the very center of everything going on in Vernice. the very heart of it's music, the instruments and the soul of the city.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Educational, but limited 8 mai 2012
Par Candy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Extremely thin book, with very limited information. What has been written is very informative, but the entire subject matter is very small. I know there must be many more topics and subjects about Venice that could have been included in this book. Donna Leon's fictional books within Venice are much better written and very educational, even though they are written about crimes in Venice, and the frustration of solving any of them, or making the guilty pay for their crimes.
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