Follow Commissario Guido Brunetti, star of Donna Leons internationally best selling mystery series, on over a dozen walks that highlight Venices churches, markets, bars, cafes, and palazzosIn Brunettis Venice, tourists and armchair travelers follow in the footsteps of Brunetti as he traverses the city he knows and loves With his acute eye for change in his native city, his fascination with the past, his ear for language and his passion for food and drink, and his familiarity with the dark realities of crime and corruption, Brunetti is the perfect companion for any walk across La Serenissima.Over a dozen walks, encompassing all six regions of Venice as well as the lagoon, lead readers down calli, over canali, and through campi Important locations from the best selling novels are highlighted and major themes and characters are explored, all accompanied by poignant excerpts from the novels This is a must have companion book for any lover of Donna Leons wonderful mysteries....
|Title||:||Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the Citys Best-Loved Detective|
|Publisher||:||Grove Press 8 April 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||256 Seiten|
|File Size||:||781 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Brunetti's Venice: Walks with the Citys Best-Loved Detective Reviews
I'm no fan of the Brunetti mysteries (finding them a bit on the lame side) but the walks suggested in this book based on the Commissario's itineraries in Venice are very good and there is a lot of insider information on the city.
This is one of the few occasions when a Kindle is not as good as a book because you can't switch back and forth between the maps and the descriptions and the maps are way too small anyway. Nevertheless, the book is full of insights which make you wish to visit or, in my case, re-visit Venice even though many Venetian inhabitants dislike us being there. That's the twist in this book. Brunetti and his author obviously find the tourists annoying but this is a book which is encouraging us to walk through the city. I got a mixed message.
Interesting but only if you're a true Brunetti fan. Maps are hard to read on cheap paper - ink too faint, and there should be a succint route at either the beginning or end of each adventure. It was too hard to figure out exactly where to go. And the book is too heavy and clunky to carry around while actually strolling through Venice. I think Brunetti would have pitched it into a canal. If you're just looking for armchair ambience, it's fine.
If you enjoy Donna Leon's Venice books and are planning a Venice visit, this is an enjoyable way to see the city and reflect on your reading. I have both the Kindle and paperback and the paperback is required for seeing the maps. Just returned from Venice and disappointed in how difficult the Kindle version was for following the suggested routes.
If you love Venice or love Donna Leon and her noble character Commissario Brunetti you really should read this book. Even if you never plan to visit Venice (which is a tragedy, in my opinion!) Venice will come alive as you follow the walks in this book. There are detailed maps of the city and of each neighborhood. If you are a visual person like I am, it is so great to "see" where all the spots in Leon's books are, from Brunetti's home to the Questura to the sights both loved and mourned by her main character. I will be visiting Venice (again!) in October, this time with Brunetti's Venice in hand. Thank you, Toni Sepeda, for a wonderfully written and well researched work.
If you're looking for a step-by-step itinerary (Begin at La Fenice, walk left through the Campo and you'll see xx...), this is NOT your guidebook. As another reviewer mentioned, it offers no succinct route info. You'll find yourself reading pages of commentary on the sites, as well as excerpts from the novels. We found it irritating, pretentious and unhelpful. As a literary read, this is a great volume. But if you're looking for Brunetti's Venice, you'd do just as well to blow up the end pages of the novels and wander on your own. These maps are badly reproduced and very difficult to read. I don't recommend this as anything but an arm chair read.