Book Review of The City of Falling Angels

The City of Falling Angels
The City of Falling Angels
Author: John Berendt
Genres: History, Travel
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 1


Ultimately, distasteful.
This book begins in the same vein as "Midnight" but finally reveals itself as a disjointed account of several vastly unrelated scandals in Venice, both past and (at the time of publication) present. The author gives the impression of having chased down every possible party to the scandals in order to produce a book.
That being said, the descriptions of Venice, it's neighborhoods (if they can be called something so humble) and historical treasures are lyrical. It's a pity that they are so often simply used as a backdrop for a character or another shabby story.