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Gondola

by Donna Leon

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First used in medieval Venice as a deftly maneuverable getaway boat, the gondola evolved over the centuries into a floating pleasure palace, bedecked in silk, that facilitated the romantic escapades of the Venetian elite. Today, the gondola wears black— a gleaming, elegant hue, and is manned by robust gondolieri in black-and-white-striped shirts and straw hats

A tourist favorite, the gondola has never ceased to be a part of authentic Venice. Each boat' s 280 pieces are carefully fashioned in a maestro' s workshop— though Leon also recounts a tale of an American friend who attempted to make a gondola all on his own. The feat took five years and countless do-overs. But the gondola is a work of art well worth the labor. And once its arched prow pushes off from the dock, the single Venetian at its oar just might break out in a barcarole, a popular Italian boat song. The best of these songs, as timeless as the allure of the gondola itself, are compiled into an accompanying CD.


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Publisher: Recorded Books
Edition: Unabridged

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  • ISBN: 9781490624044
  • File size: 73194 KB
  • Release date: November 18, 2014
  • Duration: 02:32:26

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  • ISBN: 9781490624044
  • File size: 73194 KB
  • Release date: November 18, 2014
  • Duration: 02:32:26
  • Number of parts: 3

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First used in medieval Venice as a deftly maneuverable getaway boat, the gondola evolved over the centuries into a floating pleasure palace, bedecked in silk, that facilitated the romantic escapades of the Venetian elite. Today, the gondola wears black— a gleaming, elegant hue, and is manned by robust gondolieri in black-and-white-striped shirts and straw hats

A tourist favorite, the gondola has never ceased to be a part of authentic Venice. Each boat' s 280 pieces are carefully fashioned in a maestro' s workshop— though Leon also recounts a tale of an American friend who attempted to make a gondola all on his own. The feat took five years and countless do-overs. But the gondola is a work of art well worth the labor. And once its arched prow pushes off from the dock, the single Venetian at its oar just might break out in a barcarole, a popular Italian boat song. The best of these songs, as timeless as the allure of the gondola itself, are compiled into an accompanying CD.


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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Recorded Books
    Edition:
    Unabridged

    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    ISBN: 9781490624044
    File size: 73194 KB
    Release date: November 18, 2014
    Duration: 02:32:26

    MP3 audiobook
    ISBN: 9781490624044
    File size: 73194 KB
    Release date: November 18, 2014
    Duration: 02:32:26
    Number of parts: 3

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    OverDrive Listen audiobook
    MP3 audiobook
  • Languages
    English