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The City of Falling Angels

John Berendt

It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record-breaking four-year run on the New York Times bestseller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46%. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice--a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble--foundations shift, marble ornaments fall--even as efforts to preserve them are underway. THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective--inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city-- while gradually revealing the truth about the fire. In the course of his investigations, Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters: a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking 'suicide' prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own; the First Family of American expatriates who lose possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership; an organization of high-society, party-going Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice, while quarreling in public among themselves, questioning each other's motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray; a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur; the master glassblower of Venice; and numerous others--stool-pigeons, scapegoats, hustlers, sleepwalkers, believers in Martians, the Plant Man, the Rat Man, and Henry James.

It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record-breaking four-year run on the New York Times bestseller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46%. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice--a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble--foundations shift, marble ornaments fall--even as efforts to preserve them are underway. THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective--inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city-- while gradually revealing the truth about the fire. In the course of his investigations, Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters: a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking 'suicide' prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own; the First Family of American expatriates who lose possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership; an organization of high-society, party-going Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice, while quarreling in public among themselves, questioning each other's motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray; a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur; the master glassblower of Venice; and numerous others--stool-pigeons, scapegoats, hustlers, sleepwalkers, believers in Martians, the Plant Man, the Rat Man, and Henry James.
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It was seven years ago that Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil achieved a record-breaking four-year run on the New York Times bestseller list. John Berendt's inimitable brand of nonfiction brought the dark mystique of Savannah so startlingly to life for millions of people that tourism to Savannah increased by 46%. It is Berendt and only Berendt who can capture Venice--a city of masks, a city of riddles, where the narrow, meandering passageways form a giant maze, confounding all who have not grown up wandering into its depths. Venice, a city steeped in a thousand years of history, art and architecture, teeters in precarious balance between endurance and decay. Its architectural treasures crumble--foundations shift, marble ornaments fall--even as efforts to preserve them are underway. THE CITY OF FALLING ANGELS opens on the evening of January 29, 1996, when a dramatic fire destroys the historic Fenice opera house. The loss of the Fenice, where five of Verdi's operas premiered, is a catastrophe for Venetians. Arriving in Venice three days after the fire, Berendt becomes a kind of detective--inquiring into the nature of life in this remarkable museum-city-- while gradually revealing the truth about the fire. In the course of his investigations, Berendt introduces us to a rich cast of characters: a prominent Venetian poet whose shocking 'suicide' prompts his skeptical friends to pursue a murder suspect on their own; the First Family of American expatriates who lose possession of the family palace after four generations of ownership; an organization of high-society, party-going Americans who raise money to preserve the art and architecture of Venice, while quarreling in public among themselves, questioning each other's motives and drawing startled Venetians into the fray; a contemporary Venetian surrealist painter and outrageous provocateur; the master glassblower of Venice; and numerous others--stool-pigeons, scapegoats, hustlers, sleepwalkers, believers in Martians, the Plant Man, the Rat Man, and Henry James.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Holter Graham

Length:

12h 57m


Chapters

Free Sample

02:10

Introduction
Introduction

04:23


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:10


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:58


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

02:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:37


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

03:39


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:57


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:24


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:20


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:43


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:02


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:49


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:56


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:59


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:33


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:44


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:25


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

02:18


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:21


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

02:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:56


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:25


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:44


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:49


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:43


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:15


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:55


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:58


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:28


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:55


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:38


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:04


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:55


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

02:13


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:04


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:45


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:37


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:16


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:57


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:09


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:19


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:13


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:14


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:33


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:37


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:44


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

02:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

05:36


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:43


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:11


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:17


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:50


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:11


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:32


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:43


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:44


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:16


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:55


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:20


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:10


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:45


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:37


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:55


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:18


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:06


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:28


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:09


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:43


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:39


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:29


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:09


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:23


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:00


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:29


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:16


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:39


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:22


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

03:43


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:37


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:40


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:55


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:47


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:51


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:53


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:51


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:58


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

04:06


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:19


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:06


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:54


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

03:27


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

02:15


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:20


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:47


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:30


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:02


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:32


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:24


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:11


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:52


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

02:54


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:15


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:09


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:23


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:43


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:00


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:14


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:26


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:15


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:01


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

03:37


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:58


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

05:14


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

02:31


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

03:15


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

03:13


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:12


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

03:39


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

03:28


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:50


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:35


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:27


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

04:36


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

03:22


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

02:27


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:37


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:03


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

04:16


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:29


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

03:37


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:45


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:34


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

05:03


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

05:29


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:29


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:01


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:03


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

04:28


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:31


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

05:13


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:19


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:23


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:35


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:15


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:34


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:59


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:10


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:04


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:01


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

05:14


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

04:25


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

04:20


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:06


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:45


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:17


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

03:38


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

02:26


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:37


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:46


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

02:40


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

01:46


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:07


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:13


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

02:48


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

02:37


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:32


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:42


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

03:22


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

04:11


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

05:11


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:43


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

05:31


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:13


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

04:08