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The Liquid Continent Volume II: Venice: A Mediterranean Trilogy

 
 
Author
Nicholas Woodsworth.
Publisher Armchair Traveller  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 6.6 x 5 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9781905791453
Pages/Publication Date 282/2008
Daedalus Item Code 40224
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Taking maritime dominance as the foundation of Venice's existence, Nicholas Woodsworth abandons museums and tourist hordes to engage in the city's ongoing love affair with the sea, in this second book of the Liquid Continent trilogy. Woodsworth investigates the heart of Venice's marine activity, the Arsenale. He prowls the corridors of the city's mysterious State Archives, sails on a world-class Venetian racing yacht, takes part in a celebrated rowing race, meets Venice's top gondola builder, and then signs on as a canal boat delivery man—and discovers the true backwaters of the city. "Wherever you look in the Mediterranean, life is basically the same. I don't mean in the hinterland or in the capitals lying far in the interior—their agendas are different. I mean the people and ports on the sea itself." Once the staff travel writer for London's Weekend Financial Times, Woodsworth realized that the Mediterranean was far more than an empty space surrounded by Europe, Asia, and Africa on the map, and in this charming, anecdotal book, he makes us see it as well. "This sea has its own cities, its own life, its own way of being. Jean Cocteau loved the Mediterranean. Of all the world's continents, he said, it is the only one that is liquid."
 
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