THE A5 BOOK REVIEW
One of the best travel books on the wonderful city of Venice, even though it was first published in 1960, is still considered by most to that written by Jan Morris. The World of Venice is not a travel guide in any way; it is instead a very rich and detailed testament to this unique city’s history, architecture, and character. Much like the city’s canals, Morris wanders with her writing, providing a lot of helpful background, plenty of interesting anecdotes, and her impressions on the smells, sounds, nuances, and personalities that support everyday life. Like with most good travel books, she also provides an in-depth look into the temperament of the local people. Note that early editions of the book are just titled Venice;. The latest version has a new preface that is worth reading.
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OTHER A5 RECOMMENDED TRAVEL BOOKS - JAN MORRIS
Jan Morris is a well-known journalist, author, ex-spy, and importantly as one of the world's finest travel writers, known for her portrait of cities and for the pure quality of her writing. Learn more about her by clicking here.
"It is Venice seen through a particular pair of eyes at a particular moment - young eyes at that, responsive above all to the stimuli of youth. It possesses the particular sense of well-being that, if I may be immodest, when author and subject are perfectly matched; on the other side, in this case, the loveliest city in the world, only asking to be admired; on the other a writer in the full powers of young maturity, strong in physique, eager in passion, with scarcely a worry or care in the world. Whatever the faults of the book (and I do acknowledge two or three), nobody could deny its happiness. It breathes the spirit of delight."
- Jan Morris, the foreword to The World of Venice
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