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Dream of Venice Hardcover – December 5, 2014
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Christopher's images are, in a word, transporting. Turning the pages of this book, the reader will have the experience of exploring Venice - meandering through its ancient, winding passageways and experiencing that sudden, unexplainable, and insistent tugging at the corner of your eye that demands that you stop, turn your head, and discover something so fantastical that it makes you wonder, "Is that real?" And it is. This is Venice's gift to us all-a belief in the fantastic.
Locktov has lovingly gathered the revealing remembrances, musings, poems and stories of Venice of 37 luminaries from the worlds of architecture, letters, film, and art. She has thoughtfully placed each of these writings opposite a corresponding photograph-creating a storybook for adults that is, in its 9"x9" format, custom built for bedside inspiration.
This quote from Patrizia Gucci of the famous fashion house sums up the experience "Dream of Venice for me: "Una meraviglia-a wonder-in the only city that makes you wish, while closing your eyes, to relive each moment just as it has appeared." Thank you Christopher and Loctov for many moments relived.
I have NEVER experienced goosebumps by simply holding a book in my hands...until today. As if the book itself was pulsating with the mysterious and beautiful Spirit of Venice itself.
In Dream of Venice, JoAnn Locktov and Charles Christopher so eloquently capture the very essence of this magical, mysterious floating city. Opening the book unleashes a fantastic symphony for the senses--each page, each image, each passage seduced me further into the depths of my subconscious...transporting me to a state, a place, a dream where I wished I could remain forever.
Seawater begs the pearl
to break its shell.
And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild Darling!
At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face into mine.
Breathe into me.
Close the language-door,
and open the love-window.
The moon won't use the door,
only the window.
Words, however beautiful, are not adequate to describe the EXPERIENCE of this exquisite book. For a book to transport you to a place where you can literally FEEL your psyche unfurling as the pages turn, mingling your Soul with the Spirit of all that is Venice...is truly a DREAM.
Thanks to Dream of Venice, I can return again and again and again...just by opening the book. Ci vediamo a Venezia!
At first, I looked for captions to the photos, to see where they were taken. But then I thought, when you're in a dream, you don't have captions - you just wander through it, wondering and, if it's a beautiful dream, hoping you won't wake up.
I've been to Venice at least half a dozen times, and never tire of it, and never see enough of it. So, when a new book is out at a reasonable
cost, bringing with it the possibility of previously unknown views, or a new essay - then I want to buy it.
This is a lovely book. I wish it were a larger volume, with more photos...but then, I'd not have been able to buy it! I'll say, though, it's a good
book for someone who has already been to Venice. The pictures will prompt personal memories that will make for a more complete journey through the pages.
As an informative volume for someone who never has been there, I think it really isn't detailed enough text-wise, nor is there quite enough variety in the illustrations. So maybe it IS a dream of Venice, fading at the edges, and never revealed in broad strokes and sharp focus.