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A Literary Companion To Venice: Including Seven Walking Tours Paperback – May 15, 1995

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Ian Littlewood has taught at universities in France, the United States, and Japan, and is now a lecturer in England.
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  • Series: Literary Companion to Venice
  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312131135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312131135
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,157,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dianne Foster HALL OF FAME on June 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a veteran of the stumbling around with four books in my backpack trying to make sense of the block where I'm standing approach to travel (I don't do guided tours), I became a happier person the day I discovered someone had compiled the highpoints of Venice into one accessible walker's guide. A LITERARY COMPANION TO VENICE by Ian Littlewood is a fine guide.
I'm a literary enthusiast and over the years I've managed to find Louisa May Alcott's home in Concord, the stone ranch house Jack London built in Northern California, the supposed location of Robert Louis Stevenson's grass hut in Hawaii, the house in Rye England where Henry James retired, Anne Frank's attic in Amsterdam, the ancient and dour building in Geneva where Calvin framed his sermons, and Hemingway's house in Key West (still inhabited by his cats' cats' cats).
Many authors have passed through Venice over the years, and some like Henry James and George Sand left written records of their visits. In LITERARY COMPANION, Littlewood guides the reader on seven tours of Venice, the seventh tour being "North Venice" -- including the island where the fabled San Giorgio Maggiore and the Lagoon were painted in an impressionist sunset captured by Turner.
Littlewood provides a map for each of his tours, and at each step along the way he dicusses what you are seeing, who saw it before you, and what they had to say about it. For example, on the tour of the Piazza San Marco, the reader is directed to look "out across the Piazza" and "share the view with a fair number of pigeons.." He says Oscar Wilde's Dorian Grey liked the view..
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Bradford on November 29, 1999
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A Literary Companion to Venice was the best introduction to Venice I could have read in preparation to my first visit there. The author shares stories of famous and unknown writers alike to weave a history of Venice by way of walking tours throughout the city. Great maps and illustrations accompany the seven wonderful walking tours detailed by the author. After reading this book I almost felt as if I'd been to this wonderful city and knew my way around.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 19, 1997
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The English author adds a literary dimension to seven Venetian walking tours by incorporating quotations from novelists, poets, essayists, reporters, and other observers. The resulting book is livelier than you might expect.

Durant Imboden, Venice for Visitors, [...]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Renee C. Ozer on August 12, 2013
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This book is like having your own personal eccentric, opinionated, dishy and extremely well informed tour guide. We sat in the quiet Campo San Giovanni e Paolo with our espressos, contemplating the impressive statue of Condottiere Bartolommeo Colleoni (famous, among other things, for allegedly having three testicles) and the story of how Venice outfoxed his conditional bequest to the city. Littlewood also relates the story of how Rousseau went in for a 50% share of an 11- or 12-year-old girl "whom her wretched mother wished to sell." The walks will get you away from St. Mark's Square and into the beautiful, less traveled portions of the city.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Sullivan on September 15, 2014
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A different kind of travel book that emphasizes the history and literature associated with Venice.
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