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No Vulgar Hotel: The Desire and Pursuit of Venice Paperback – March 17, 2008
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I actually bought this book hoping, among other things, to learn about hat etiquette (as excerpted on this Amazon page), since I sometimes wear a hat in Venice and would hate to be doing it the wrong way. I didn't find it, and that's a shame. Advising on such matters is--or ought to be--the author's forte. Imho it's too bad Miss Manners didn't write this book.
(By the way, another poster mentioned something called the "Venice Card," which is a discount gimmick for the tourists. This is quite different from the city-issued photo I.D. which allows a resident to purchase the monthly vaporetto pass for 30 euro, and this is what Martin was writing about. I didn't find it too awfully difficult to obtain, but maybe that has changed. My own abbonamento expired years ago but the brusque lady behind the counter still honors it every time, bless her heart.)
I guess my overall impression is similar to my impression of USA Today...lots of sound bites, but no substance. The author clearly loves Venice and knows it well but her self-adulatory tone wears thin pretty quickly. There are many nice observations about tourists and Venetophiles but I wasn't sure about the point of it all. Check it out from the library but don't bother to buy it.
If you want to read a good book about Venice read CITY OF THE FALLING ANGELS. Or read any Donna Leon book all set in Venice and all excellent mysteries that are filled with the life of the people of Venice.
This book is just boring!
Ms. Martin also gives us smatterings of history and literary anecdotes, nothing new here. What was new, and horrifying, was a description of ritual animal torture which used to happen in more benighted times, even in Venice.
I agree that renting an apartment is the best way to feel a part of the culture when going abroad, but found this book unedifying on the subject.
Pick up any Venice guidebook and see the same stories of asking for directions and being told "Sempre dritto", and being warned not to touch the produce, and how the boca de leoni were used to inform on people...
If you want a beautifully written, truly informative book on Venice, its history, art and culture, read Mary McCarthy's still splendid "Venice Observed".
That being said, I don't quite understand the snippy reviews I read before posting this. I'm not certain what they were expecting. I was expecting a love letter, and I got one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
not as great as Venice, but almost. Perceptive, atmospheric, will make you want to go, or go back...Published 18 months ago by Michael P
I just returned from Venice for the fifth time, and this book reminded me of why I keep going back. It captures the magnetism of the city in a humorous, informative manner. Read morePublished on July 19, 2014 by Vina Isaac
This book is well written and has some great information about Venice that you don't find in guidebooks. For people who love Venice this book is a wonderful read. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Nancy Peterson
Judith Martin shares - deeply, rapturously shares - her love of Venice, even while acknowledging why others might nit find her quite so charming. Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by RAASusanne
Evokes the atmosphere of Venice and insights on the natives, nice for recalling your visit or preparing for the next one.Published on March 7, 2013 by B. F. Fox
Of course it ALL makes venice GLORIOUS! I have shared this with friends and hope they like it as much as I did. Great insight into a quirky city with endless quirky charm!Published on October 19, 2011 by M. Coughlin