Well, thanks to a 5 hour wait at the auto-mechanics for new tires & winterization, I am 75% of the way through this. I really want to go to Venice now.
This is the book by the same guy (John Berendt) who wrote "Midnight in the garden of good and evil" It starts out with the fire at the Fenice (the last opera house) and takes the reader on a small tour of some of the people & palazzos mirroring Venice's cultural tradition & history (in some cases, the remnants of said cultural tradtion)
I'm not sure how I would compare it to his previous book. I hear he was more scrupulous in documenting his conversations for this one. And his characters are still colorful, but I'm not sure one can compare them. I wish the book had some photos of the places he is describing. All in all, I am enjoying it. Like I said before, I really wish I could go to Venice now. The book would have to enrich the experience.
There's some fascinating bits in there about Ezra Pound.
Have you read Donna Leon's series set in Venice? I started a thread on it a couple of months back. I have not read J.Berendt, but I will look for his books. The first one in the Leon series is called Murder at La Fenice. I recommend them to you, definitely made me want to see Venice. Chayah in NY