A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena de Blasi

A Thousand Days in Venice

It was recommended that I read A Thousand Days in Venice: An Unexpected Romance by a dear blogging friend who shares the same taste in books.  She did not disappoint. 

This book was such a treat to read.  

While on a trip to Venice, de Blasi meets her future husband, known as “the stranger” throughout a lot of the book.  He eventually finds her in St. Louis, and they move back to Venice to be wed.  There are so many story lines to follow in the book.  There is her romance…or how two relative strangers fall in love and learn to stay in love as they discover each complex layer of the other person.  There are the lush descriptions of the Italian countryside, the culture, the lure of Venice.  And then there is the food.  Food, glorious food.  I loved it all. 

The writing was descriptive and flowing:

“Each evening we relieve the apartment of another layer of its past, and Fernando’s eyes are like this of a dying bird; his journeys to the trash dump are funereal.  He is the one spurring on the interim cleanup, yet he is anguished by it.  He desires progress without change.”

When she wants to just get married at the city hall:

“The stranger says no.  Though he has tiptoed about behind the last pew of the church all his adult life, now he wants ritual, incense, candlelight, benedictions, altar boys, white carpets, and orange blossoms.”

The food:

“We set things up, and by the light of a candle burning in a pierced tin lantern, the Adriatic crashing and booming all around, we eat quail stuffed with figs and girdled in pancetta and roasted on branches of sage, holding the birds in our hands, devouring the scant, sweet flesh down to the bone.  We have a salad of fresh peas and butter lettuces and leaves of mint, all dressed in the quail-roasting juices, some good bread, and a cool Sauvignon from the Friuli.”

If you love a good love story, if you love stories set in dreamy foreign lands, if you love luscious descriptions of food (and even some recipes at the end of the book), then you will love this book.

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  1. says

    Those are some beautiful passages and if they are any indication of what the rest of the book is like, it sounds lovely!