No vulgar hotel : the desire and pursuit of Venice

by Judith Martin

Paperback, 2007




New York : W.W. Norton & Co., c2007.


Love of Venice can strike anyone, not just romantic wusses. Among the toughies with serious cases were Lord Byron, Richard Wagner, Ezra Pound, and Ernest Hemingway. Symptoms include:Wishing that the movie stars in films set in Venice would move aside so that you can get a better view of the scenery.Wondering why people ask if you had good weather when you were thereas if rain could dampen your love.Thinking that people who go to Tuscany or Provence must be nuts.Believing that the "Per San Marco" street sign with arrows pointing in opposite directions makes perfect sense.Consoling yourself when you leave by remembering the generations of Venetian merchants who, as they were borne away from Venice, vowed to be back as soon as they had more money.There is no cure for this affliction. This is a guide to managing it.… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member olgalijo
"No vulgar Hotel" was a present from my husband during the Christmas prior to my first visit to Italy. By then I had already decided that I was not going to visit Venice. I wanted to avoid the turistic part of the country as much as I could and experience the real Italy. "No Vulgar Hotel" made me change opinion completely. Martin gives a very accurate depiction of modern Venice from the point of view of an outsider who's been there enough time to start undertanding the local idiosyncrasies. Her view of relationship between the city's inhabitants and it's crumbling architecture is a treasure. The fresh food culture is completely accurate, and the non longer really a tourist longings are endearing. What can I say? I ended up going to Venice, finding this book pointedly true, and enjoying every single minute of it.… (more)
LibraryThing member jwhenderson
I am not a traveler and with books like this one I do not need to be one. This book covers both the history and practical aspects of Venice. I especially enjoyed the literary discussions in the sections entitled "Venice with Your Imaginary Friend" and "Venice Depicted". The author clearly loves Venice. Doing so she does not, write about it in a way that puts one at the vanguard of sophisticated opinion for this is not a book that really covers new ground. But it covers the old ground impeccably. It is a thoroughly delightful read for anyone even remotely interested in Venice.… (more)



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