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Pure City - Peter Ackroyd

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Read by Simon Vance
Format: MP3
Bitrate: 64 Kbps

Publisher: Tantor Media
Release date: November 2, 2010
Duration: 14:02:02

Peter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial—a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice, the ultimate city.

The Venetians’ language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its listeners to that sensual and surprising city.

His account embraces facts and romance, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges, and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the festivals and the flowers. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and its trading empire, the wars against Napoleon, and the tourist invasions of today. Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the glassblowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; the artists—Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo; and the ever-present undertone of Venice’s shadowy corners and dead ends, of prisons and punishment, wars and sieges, scandals and seductions.

Ackroyd’s Venice: Pure City is a study of Venice much in the vein of his lauded London: The Biography. Like London, Venice is a fluid exploration organized around a number of themes. History and context are provided in each chapter, but Ackroyd’s portrait of Venice is a particularly novelistic one, both beautiful and rapturous. We could have no better guide—enjoying Venice: Pure City is, in itself, a glorious journey to the ultimate city.

Narrator Simon Vance remains understated as he describes the glorious city and its influence on the works of Bellini, Titian, and Tintoretto. His sublime pronunciation of Italian words and names adds to the Venetian flair. It’s exciting to realize that St. Martin’s and St. Peter’s churches have always had a rivalry, that there are multiple words to describe the fog that often shrouds the city, and that glassblowers were banished to Murano with fire safety in mind. Like Venice itself, the book and narration are multifaceted and are perfect for both tourist and armchair traveler. S.G.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine

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This is a Multifile Torrent
01 City from the Sea.mp3 36.54 MBs
02 The City of Saint Mark.mp3 25.52 MBs
03 Ship of State.mp3 39.05 MBs
04 Republic of Commerce.mp3 53.76 MBs
05 Empire of Trade.mp3 33.52 MBs
06 Timeless City.mp3 15.35 MBs
07 The Living City.mp3 40.45 MBs
08 The Art of Life.mp3 48.22 MBs
09 Sacred City.mp3 20.98 MBs
10 The Shadows of History.mp3 35.9 MBs
11 City of Myth.mp3 35.18 MBs
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Piece Size: 512 KBs
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