By The Grand Canal

By The Grand Canal By the Grand Canal is an exquisite novel redolent of Venice and the haze of WWI from William Rivi re the author of the award winning Kate Caterina In the aftermath of the First World War Hugh Thurne

  • Title: By The Grand Canal
  • Author: William Rivière
  • ISBN: 9780340770405
  • Page: 280
  • Format: Hardcover
  • By the Grand Canal is an exquisite novel redolent of Venice and the haze of WWI from William Rivi re, the author of the award winning Kate Caterina In the aftermath of the First World War, Hugh Thurne, a British diplomat involved in the peace negotiations, finds solace in his rented palazzo in Venice rather than returning to his wife and the charade of his marriage in LonBy the Grand Canal is an exquisite novel redolent of Venice and the haze of WWI from William Rivi re, the author of the award winning Kate Caterina In the aftermath of the First World War, Hugh Thurne, a British diplomat involved in the peace negotiations, finds solace in his rented palazzo in Venice rather than returning to his wife and the charade of his marriage in London Although profoundly disturbed about the long term prospects for peace, he has faith in the city s power to raise his spirits Hugh eagerly looks forward to visits with his old friends Giacomo and Valentina Venier in their dilapidated palazzo on the Grand Canal to dallying with a young opera singer, Emanuela and to the arrival of Violet Mancroft, the widow of his best friend lost in the war What he does not anticipate is the shadow lying over the Venier family s future Nor has he reckoned with the vagaries of his own human heart Evoking the beauty of Venice, this is a novel about premonition for the future and the war it portends, about death and memory, and also about an unexpected love between two old friends.

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    1. By the Grand Canal is a quiet, thoughtful novel about a group of friends who gather again in Venice after having been separated by the First World War. Naturally, they have all, from oldest to youngest, experienced deprivation as a result of the conflict, but now they hope to regain some of their former security and happiness. It is not to be, not simply because of the changes the war has wrought, but because life goes on. Although the fighting has blessedly stopped, people still grow up and gro [...]

    2. For me, this book required and repaid close attention. I probably left it unfinished and went on to something less demanding several times. Because I found the language gorgeous many times, I sometimes let myself lose the narrative or descriptive thread when my attention was not really sharply focused--just the music of the words was compelling. The stor7 also repays close attention. It reminds me of inevitable loss and the fading of past places, people, and experiences.

    3. Set in post-WWI Venice, this book has some interesting insights into Italy's place in that war and the effects on Venice, in particular. But, while there are some lovely, small, descriptive passages, for the most part the writing is unsubstantial and the characters never really come to life as well as they should.

    4. I got about half way through this book but will not finish it. It has periods of the book that are interesting, but I am having a tough time keeping my interest and it's hard to keep track of the various characters.

    5. Ah! I love Riviere. His period detail is amazing, and the characters are folks you can really appreciate, as they are complex and so well-drawn. Unfortunately, he hasn’t written that much, so I’m savoring.

    6. Not so great, just interesting because I lived nearby. Also, it's another perspective of history during WWII

    7. This book was a perfect fit for me. An Edwardian English diplomat, Hugh Thurne, struggles to find himself in a dead-end marriage and a not-so-great career as a diplomat just after World War I. While, technically, the Edwardian Era “ended” with the death of it’s namesake, Edward VII, in 1910, that generation carried on administering the war and its aftermath.The story moves with the speed of its era–slowly, gracefully, with measured steps. Hugh’s thoughts, his musings, his “re-thinkin [...]

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