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Venice - Pure City

Peter Ackroyd

The Venetians' language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This latest work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its listeners to that sensual and surprising city. His account embraces facts and romance, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges, and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the festivals and the flowers. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and its trading empire, the wars against Napoleon, and the tourist invasions of today. Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the glassblowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; the artists-Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo; and the ever-present undertone of Venice's shadowy corners and dead ends, of prisons and punishment, wars and sieges, scandals and seductions. Ackroyd's Venice: Pure City is a study of Venice much in the vein of his lauded London: The Biography. Like London, Venice is a fluid, writerly exploration organized around a number of themes. History and context are provided in each chapter, but Ackroyd's portrait of Venice is a particularly novelistic one, both beautiful and rapturous. We could have no better guide-enjoying Venice: Pure City is, in itself, a glorious journey to the ultimate city.

The Venetians' language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This latest work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its listeners to that sensual and surprising city. His account embraces facts and romance, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges, and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the festivals and the flowers. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and its trading empire, the wars against Napoleon, and the tourist invasions of today. Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the glassblowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; the artists-Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo; and the ever-present undertone of Venice's shadowy corners and dead ends, of prisons and punishment, wars and sieges, scandals and seductions. Ackroyd's Venice: Pure City is a study of Venice much in the vein of his lauded London: The Biography. Like London, Venice is a fluid, writerly exploration organized around a number of themes. History and context are provided in each chapter, but Ackroyd's portrait of Venice is a particularly novelistic one, both beautiful and rapturous. We could have no better guide-enjoying Venice: Pure City is, in itself, a glorious journey to the ultimate city.
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The Venetians' language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This latest work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its listeners to that sensual and surprising city. His account embraces facts and romance, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges, and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the festivals and the flowers. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and its trading empire, the wars against Napoleon, and the tourist invasions of today. Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the glassblowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; the artists-Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo; and the ever-present undertone of Venice's shadowy corners and dead ends, of prisons and punishment, wars and sieges, scandals and seductions. Ackroyd's Venice: Pure City is a study of Venice much in the vein of his lauded London: The Biography. Like London, Venice is a fluid, writerly exploration organized around a number of themes. History and context are provided in each chapter, but Ackroyd's portrait of Venice is a particularly novelistic one, both beautiful and rapturous. We could have no better guide-enjoying Venice: Pure City is, in itself, a glorious journey to the ultimate city.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

14h 2m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

35:50


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

32:52


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

09:51


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

11:18


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

19:46


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

14:39


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

10:05


Part 3, Chapter 8
Part 3, Chapter 8

22:05


Part 3, Chapter 9
Part 3, Chapter 9

16:30


Part 3, Chapter 10
Part 3, Chapter 10

08:33


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

25:02


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

11:52


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

46:58


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

41:07


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

29:23


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

37:14


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

24:03


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

10:42


Part 6, Chapter 19
Part 6, Chapter 19

11:51


Part 6, Chapter 20
Part 6, Chapter 20

08:37


Part 6, Chapter 21
Part 6, Chapter 21

20:23


Part 7, Chapter 22
Part 7, Chapter 22

29:36


Part 7, Chapter 23
Part 7, Chapter 23

28:23


Part 7, Chapter 24
Part 7, Chapter 24

18:14


Part 7, Chapter 25
Part 7, Chapter 25

12:11


Part 8, Chapter 26
Part 8, Chapter 26

26:17


Part 8, Chapter 27
Part 8, Chapter 27

31:19


Part 8, Chapter 28
Part 8, Chapter 28

38:49


Part 8, Chapter 29
Part 8, Chapter 29

07:39


Part 9, Chapter 30
Part 9, Chapter 30

24:08


Part 9, Chapter 31
Part 9, Chapter 31

21:42


Part 10, Chapter 32
Part 10, Chapter 32

41:19


Part 10, Chapter 33
Part 10, Chapter 33

37:07


Part 11, Chapter 34
Part 11, Chapter 34

20:55


Part 11, Chapter 35
Part 11, Chapter 35

19:24


Part 11, Chapter 36
Part 11, Chapter 36

07:59


Part 11, Chapter 37
Part 11, Chapter 37

28:35