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I expected to be disappointed, and I was.,
This review is from: The City of Falling Angels (Hardcover)
I didn't expect "Falling Angels" to live up to "Midnight" and it didn't. I read "Midnight" in two days, I couldn't put it down. It took me over a week to read "Falling Angels" because so much of the book just drags. Some of the characters and their stories, such as the family of glass blowers, were wonderful. I would have loved to have seen pictures of some of the pieces of Murano glass depicting the La Fenice fire. But other parts were a waste - for example, there are a few encounters with one of the residents who has a collection of uniforms that he wears for various occasions. Berendt meets him a few times, and then he just disappears from the story.
And all the drivel about Save Venice - what a waste! Venice is sinking, the canals are rising, and all of the artifacts are decaying, but neither the Italian government or the Venetian city officials seem to care about preserving Venice. So a bunch of rich Americans decide to pour money into the city, just so they can be invited to parties and have cocktails with minor European nobility and Venetian "aristocrats." Makes me wonder how much any of those people give to feed the hungry in this country, save homeless animals, or help the people whose lives were devastated by hurricanes earlier this year. I volunteer with Golden Retriever rescue in Chicago, and we could sure use a percentage of the millions that Save Venice throws away in Venice.
If you want to read about Venice, read one of Donna Leon's excellent mysteries set in the city. If you want to read some excellent nonfiction, read "Shadow Divers" by Robert Kurson.