A Thousand Days in Venice Author:Marlena De Blasi He saw her across the Piazza San Marco and fell in love from afar. When he sees her again in a Venice café a year later, he knows it is fate. He knows little English; and she, a divorced American chef, speaks only food-based Italian. Marlena thinks she is incapable of intimacy, that her heart has lost its capacity for romantic love. But w... more »ithin months of their first meeting, she has packed up her house in St. Louis to marry Fernando -- “the stranger,” as she calls him -- and live in that achingly lovely city in which they met.
Vibrant but vaguely baffled by this bold move, Marlena is overwhelmed by the sheer foreignness of her new home, its rituals and customs. But there are delicious moments when Venice opens up its arms to Marlena. She cooks an American feast of Mississippi caviar, cornbread, and fried onions for the locals ... and takes the tango she learned in the Poughkeepsie middle school gym to a candlelit trattoría near the Rialto Bridge. All the while, she and Fernando, two disparate souls, build an extraordinary life of passion and possibility.
Featuring Marlena’s own incredible recipes, A Thousand Days in Venice is the enchanting true story of a woman who opens her heart -- and falls in love with both a man and a city.« less
A delicious little book - enjoyed reading in Florence and on the plane home - to keep the Italian spirit going!
A wonderful true romance - of the author/chef.
Some lovely, descriptive writing on Venice, food, cooking, an amazing new relationship, bits of Italian, life wisdom - even recipes.
A romance, yes, but not an outlandish, impalusible fictional one---this is the tale of two people, not in the first blush of Youth, living in distant parts of the world from one another, who still in a strange and wonderful way (fate?), meet, are parted, and then reunited. This is the true story of a certain Italian gentleman and the American woman he waited for, wooed, and won.
I enjoyed this book, seemed unrealistic at times, but I guess their lives are really romantic and dramatic at times. I liked the author's attention to detail, explaining the food, aromas, atmosphere, people, sights, etc of Venice. I want to go there, that is why I read this book.
"A Thousand Days in Venice" is a very romantic and personable non-fiction story, which I enjoyed from beginning to end (and this may be because I'm a TOTAL romantic). Marlena De Blasi writes with honesty displaying her comfort in her own skin and describes Venice with such luster causing almost any reader to fall in love.
I recommend this book to older teens and adults who appreciate romance in all its forms.
When I first read the reviews of this book I was unsure if I wanted to order it, but order it I did and I am happy I did. This book is a story of romance for a older couple, not a 20's or 30's romance. This story is very poetic and very descriptive from the scents of food, scenery, relationships and the culture. You will not be disappointed while reading this. It's a can't put it down book.