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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

Length:

5h 47m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:09


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:18


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

01:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:02


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:53


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:44


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:17


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:34


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:29


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:14


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:32


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:22


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:34


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:07


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:34


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:10


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:39


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:12


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:15


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:19


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:15


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:34


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:05


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:18


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:11


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:39


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:00


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:20


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

02:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:20


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

01:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:00


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:40


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:29


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:03


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:31


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:14


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:43


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:40


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:04


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:01


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:38


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:43


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:05


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:27


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:22


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:42


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:36


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:01


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

02:45


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

02:29


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:52


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:25


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:02


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:36


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:35


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

02:59


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:10


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:30


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:23


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

03:39


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:47


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:35


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:31


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:13


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:05