Venice is neither a guide nor a history book, but a beautifully written immersion in Venetian life, set against the background of the city’s past.
Analyzing the particular temperament of Venetians, as well as the city’s waterways, its architecture, its bridges, its tourists, its curiosities, its smells, sounds, lights and colours, there is scarcely a corner of Venice that Jan Morris has not investigated and brought vividly to life.
She first visited the city of Venice as young James Morris, during World War II. As she writes in the introduction, ‘it is Venice seen through a particular pair of eyes at a particular moment – young eyes at that, responsive above all to the stimuli of youth.’ Venice is an impassioned work on this magnificent but often maddening city.
‘No sensible visitor should visit the place without it . . . Venice stands alone as the essential introduction, and as a work of literature in its own right.’ Observer