Thursday, October 06, 2005

Beware of falling angels

John Berendt, author of the best-selling "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil," has turned his sharp eyes to Venice, a city of "melancholy, nostalgia, romance, mystery, and beauty." Instead of a murder, there's the mysterious burning of the Gran Teatro La Fenice, one of the most beautiful and most significant opera houses in the world. The same mix of elegant, quaint and curious real-life characters turns up in Berendt's keenly observed and languidly revealed tale of "The City of Falling Angels."

-Michael K.

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