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January 28, 2011


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Have you read In The Company of the Courtesan?


Sounds like a very interesting read! I'm a fan of mysteries myself, and if it's set in Venice, sure to keep us entertained, thanks for sharing your review!(ps. can't get over the blown-glass tree, stunning)

Corinne @ Gourmantic

I like how the book will change the way you view certain things on your next trip. I relate but more through old movies than books.

I loved the 3 Venetian islands - could have easily spent more time in Burano!


Sounds like a good book - I'll definitely check this out, thanks.


I loved that book! It's a great review of it. I've never been to that area of Italy but I long to go, your photos make me want to even more!


Hi Esme - Yes, I have already read "In the Company of a Courtesan."

Tuula - I loved that tree made of glass, too. It was still up in February on Murano...it's from February past. I'll have to check to see if another glass tree has taken its place since.

Corinne - Yes, for me, that's the best thing about reading a story that's set in another place. I get to learn something new about it, which always gives me "new eyes" with which to see a place, even one I've been to many times. I loved Burano, too.

Silvia - Thanks for the comment. Let me know if you read it and what your impression was.

Katy - Glad you liked the review. Hope you make it to Venice & Murano, both beautiful places in Italy...also the other island of the lagoon - Burano.


Thanks for letting us know about this book and for the subsequent post with all the terrific links. Lucky you to be heading to Venice for Carnevale. I've done that twice and you're so right - everyone should do it at least once. Now I'm off to search for the book.


Finished the book. Good story! I echo CiaochowLinda in saying "Lucky you to be heading to Venice for Carnevale." I was in an Italian-American org. that put on a "faux" Carnevale back in the 80's and it's on my bucket list to go to the REAL one before I die. The book just made me drool.


Oh, and I loved the story of how the author got married there, with everyone in period costume. THAT is something I would LOVE to do.


One more thing: You did an excellent job reviewing this book and tying it to the experience of visiting Venice/Murano. Early in the book there is a detailed description of a chandelier that Corrandino supposedly made; I'm curious as to whether there is a similar chandelier in a place called Santa Maria della Pieta' (is that a real place?). I also loved the chapter on the Camelopard - being a giraffe-ophile, I have read the history of giraffes being taken around Europe and the chapter touched a chord. Also, the descriptions of glass-blowing were enhanced by my fairly recent visit to the de Young's exhibit of the work of Chihuly (quintessental modern day glass artist). All in all, I will experience the glasswork differently after having read this. The actual love affair was actually the least interesting part, though it did provide for wonderful "resolution" of the various threads in the end.

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