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Of all the trademarks of Venice, none is more ubiquitous than the gondola. In this beautifully illustrated collection, internationally bestselling author Donna Leon tells fascinating stories about this famous boat.

First used in medieval Venice as an easily maneuverable getaway boat, the gondola evolved over the centuries into a floating pleasure palace that facilitated the romantic escapades of the Venetian elite. Now a tourist favorite, the gondola has never ceased to be a part of authentic Venice. Each boat's 280 pieces are carefully fashioned in a maestro 's workshop--though Leon also recounts a tale of an American friend who decided to make a gondola all on his own, a feat that took five years to complete. But the gondola is a work of art well worth the labor--and the barcarole sung from its prow are no less masterful. The best of these popular sings sung by the gondolieri are included on an accompanying CD, including an exclusive track from Cecilia Bartoli.
Publisher: New York :, Atlantic Monthly Press, an imprint of Grove Atlantic, Inc.,, 2013, ©2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780802122667
Branch Call Number: 623. 829 LEO
Characteristics: 137 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm + 1 sound disc (digital ; 12 cm)
Additional Contributors: Pomo d'Oro (Musical group)


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robertafsmith May 31, 2018

Roberta's Pick: Written by Donna Leon, an author well-known for her detective series set in Venice, this beautiful small book is a joy to hold, look at, read and (with its CD of gondolier music included), listen to.

May 04, 2016

This delightful little book and accompanying CD gives the history of Venice from its waterways and through the folk music sung and played aboard its gondolas.. The illustrations are exquisite, mostly in colour with many famous paintings included..Donna Leon knows Venice and shares her concerns about what the huge 21st Century cruise ships are doing to the iconic waterways and surrounds.

Mar 08, 2016

This slight volume focuses on Venice's history via the gondola, its ancient and iconic mode of transportation. The book is beautifully illustrated with classical paintings highlighting gondolas. An extra bonus is a CD featuring barcarole music sung and played by a Venetian group. Barcarole is folk music for the gondola passengers. Included are the lyrics for the songs on the CD, both in Venetian dialect and English. The book includes a contrast between the perfection of the gondola, and what the surge in numbers of cruise ships visiting Venice is doing to Leon's beloved city.

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