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Shelves: travel , essays-and-journalism , italy , decades , ebooks-kobo , , bought-or-replaced , points [4. I never understood why it was a popular topic, and went on to associate the place with chore-ish dullness, dimly aware it also had some mysterious cult following. The documentary was a little jumbled in [4. The documentary was a little jumbled in chronology, but made up for it in atmosphere. From my mid teens onwards, I somehow managed to read about all sorts of aesthetes and decadents, aware of plenty of other European cities having associations with them, without ever really noticing Venice beyond the title of a book by Ruskin. I even saw the scenes in the David Tennant Casanova series 11 years ago and assumed they had as much dramatic licence as the ball costumes, or were relevant only to a tiny coterie.

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Shelves: travel , essays-and-journalism , italy , decades , ebooks-kobo , , bought-or-replaced , points [4. I never understood why it was a popular topic, and went on to associate the place with chore-ish dullness, dimly aware it also had some mysterious cult following. The documentary was a little jumbled in [4.

The documentary was a little jumbled in chronology, but made up for it in atmosphere. From my mid teens onwards, I somehow managed to read about all sorts of aesthetes and decadents, aware of plenty of other European cities having associations with them, without ever really noticing Venice beyond the title of a book by Ruskin.

I even saw the scenes in the David Tennant Casanova series 11 years ago and assumed they had as much dramatic licence as the ball costumes, or were relevant only to a tiny coterie. Baroque is too fuzzy round the edges, and I regret to say that there is, IMO, such a thing as too much gold leaf.

So I wanted to read more about this side of Venice, to see if I could get into it after all this time - this needed writing that was heavy on atmosphere more than geographical fact and political history. Going by its beginning, this novella-length essay seemed perfect. I would never come here in summer, not even at gunpoint. I take heat very poorly; the unmitigated emissions of hydrocarbons and armpits still worse.

The shorts-clad herds He is another of those wonders, like Nabokov, who writes beautifully in English regardless of its being a second language - and though parts of the essay were more introspective and personal than I hoped or wanted, I connected with a good few of those.

Overall it is lovely, and its density justifies its being a separate book. Most of the rest is quotes: I was smitten by a feeling of utter happiness: my nostrils were hit by what to me has always been its synonym, the smell of freezing seaweed. Personally, I hate the smell of seaweed - but reading this, how could one not understand what it is to like it?

So I lifted my bags and stepped outside. Water unsettles the principle of horizontality, especially at night, when its surface resembles pavement. No matter how solid its substitute —the deck—under your feet, on water you are somewhat more alert than ashore, your faculties are more poised. On water, for instance, you never get absentminded the way you do in the street: your legs keep you and your wits in constant check, as if you were some kind of compass. Elucidating feelings one never really knew how to verbalise.

A touch of your finger, let alone a breeze, would mean sheer destruction to them, as the shards of fabric scattered nearby on the parquet suggested. They were shedding, those curtains, and some of their folds exposed broad, bald, threadbare patches, as though the fabric felt it had come full circle and was now reverting to its pre-loom state. Deep and inviting, it seemed to contain a perspective of its own—perhaps another enfilade. For a moment I felt dizzy; but as I was no novelist, I skipped the option and took a doorway There was a great deal of dust everywhere; the hues and shapes of everything in sight were mitigated by its gray.

Marble inlaid tables, porcelain figurines, sofas, chairs, the very parquet. Everything was powdered with it, and sometimes, as with figurines and busts, the effect was oddly beneficial, accentuating their features, their folds, the vivacity of a group.

Now it will seep into the objects themselves, I thought, fuse with them, and in the end replace them After all, for three centuries, nothing here reigned supreme.

Wars, revolutions, great discoveries, geniuses, plagues never entered here due to a legal problem. I suspect and submit that, in the first place, it evolved from the very element that gave that chordate life and shelter and which, for me at least, is synonymous with time Splashing, glittering, glowing, glinting, the element has been casting itself upward for so long that it is not surprising that some of these aspects eventually acquired mass, flesh, and grew solid Why it should have happened here, I have no idea.

Presumably because the element here had heard Italian. I think it was Hazlitt who said that the only thing that could beat this city of water would be a city built in the air.

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Swedish Excerpt from Watermark I always adhered to the idea that God is time, or at least that His spirit is. In any case, I always thought that if the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water, the water was bound to reflect it. Hence my sentiment for water, for its folds, wrinkles, and ripples, and — as I am a Northerner — for its grayness. I am not looking for a naked maiden riding on a shell; I am looking for either a cloud or the crest of a wave hitting the shore at midnight. That, to me, is time coming out of water, and I stare at the lace-like pattern it puts on the shore, not with a gypsy-like knowing, but with tenderness and with gratitude.

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