Venice:Pure City

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Venice:Pure City

Postby Marcus Woodhouse » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:12 pm

Peter Ackroyd, ISBN 978-0-701-17285-5 Chatto & Windus 2009.
From the author of Thames:Sacred River and London:the Biography.
A manwho writes history like a poet, proving that history is more of an artform than a science. It is clear that he loves the city and it's people. The history is thematic rather than chronological which does mean that there is lots of repeation of facts and that some details are glaringly absent as they don't tie in with the style of writing. This is of course what happens in every history book , but it just screamed at me here.
At first I loved this book then I found it as superficial and false as well, Venice actually (I did not fall in love the place). It was like reading Mills and Boon as history. I came away feeling sick.


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