The Girl From Venice

The Girl From Venice

eBook - 2016
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tjdickey
Nov 23, 2018

By the author of Gorky Park, this is a great historical thriller set in WW2-era occupied Venice. The writer's prose is sparse but very powerful, and the characters are strongly etched in miniature. Spies and collaborators, Gestapo and partisans, and an Italian Lagoon fisherman and a young Jewish girl trying to find their way in the shadows.

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EmilyEm
Apr 21, 2018

WW II is almost at an end, leaving northern Italy an uneasy mix of loyalties. Enter fisherman Cenzo, a young man hoping to endure unscathed. When he rescues a young woman in Venice’s Lagoon everything changes. Very atmospheric thriller with wonderful characters and insights into a time and place I love reading about.

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SandraLH
Jun 25, 2017

Was waiting for the paperback book to become available at the library and noticed the DVD on the shelf. Enjoyable, creative fantasy!

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7626dee
Jun 07, 2017

Not his usual style but interesting as a study of Italy/Venice in WWII. His passive hero's are somewhat difficult to take and this passive resistance is what got Italy in so much trouble in WWII.

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brangwinn
Apr 23, 2017

I read this book because I was intrigued by the cover, but was less than enthralled by the story. I’ve not read any other books by Martin Cruz Smith so I have nothing else to which to compare it. I need more depth to a story.

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USAF1969
Feb 25, 2017

Been hooked on Smith since GORKY PARK. This story is not his usual criminal/thriller and Renko. But I really liked it. The story was different from his usual, but engaging and kept moving along. I am a WW II history buff anyway, so I liked the story line on that count as well. As always, LARGE PRINT is worth the wait.

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njon38
Feb 16, 2017

Set in the waning days of WWII in the chaos of Venice at war’s end where factions of Nazis, Fascists and various partisan groups are fighting for control of post war Italy. Smith blend all of this with a charming love story between a simple fisherman and a woman from a wealthy Jewish family. It lack the tension of his russian novels which makes it a wonderful read.

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AlmadenAFS
Jan 14, 2017

Another good read from Smith. I've never been disappointed with his books.

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Laineylovestoread
Dec 18, 2016

I enjoyed the books beginning but quickly changed to a different story completely, making it unbelievable.

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singasong70
Nov 11, 2016

Didn't like it as much as previous works: time shifting - disorienting not to mention dialouge of girl didn't ring true for me either- she sounded more like a 25 year old than a 18 year old. Happy ending unrealistic I thought plus what birth control method was this girl using? I'm surprised she didn't get pregnant considering all the love making going on.

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looper46
Nov 11, 2016

Almost a travelogue, does paint a lovely picture of Venice and the surrounding area...But, also a scary story of WWII Italy, the Fascist and the Gestapo.

Reminded me abit of Alan Furst's writings, a thriller. a good read, haven't read much of Smith's writings since his series of Renko novels.

Entertaining, but not sure long it will be on best seller list...

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jimg2000
Nov 10, 2016

Not a detective Renko mystery but a multifaceted story about being Venetians during the German Occupation towards the end of WWII as partisans, fascists, pacifists, spies, smugglers ... and a lonesome fisherman. No less than Donna Leon's Commissario Brunetti novels and films, Smith painted the landscape and people around the Venice Lagoons in vivid colors while telling a romantic wartime story about a fisherman and a young Jewish girl on a treacherous journey to escape from a Nazi villain.


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