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The Gondola Maker von Laura Morelli
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The Gondola Maker (2014. Auflage)

von Laura Morelli (Autor)

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Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice Benjamin Franklin Digital Award IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-book National Indie Excellence Award Finalist Eric Hoffer Award Finalist Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of MADE IN ITALY comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice. Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city's most esteemed boatyards. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. THE GONDOLA MAKER brings the centuries-old art of gondola-making to life in the tale of a young man's complicated relationship with his master-craftsman father. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.… (mehr)
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Set in 16th century Venice, the son of a gondola maker causes a fire in his father's shop and must find a new path for his life. What I enjoyed...being transported to Venice. ( )
  SignoraEdie | Sep 20, 2020 |
Set in 16th century Venice, this book tells the story of Luca, the son of a gondola maker. When he quarrels with his father and accidentally burns down their boatyard, he knows he's in trouble. He runs away, determined to succeed in life without his family. He works at several jobs before landing a position as a private gondolier to a famous painting. He is immediately intrigued with a woman the painter is utilizing and seeks to learn all he can about her. At the same time, he finds an old beat-up gondola in the artist's boathouse and begins to restore it.

This was a very well written book but I have to wonder about the ending. It was a bit odd and a bit abrupt. The author leaves us wondering about the girl, an important part of the plot. I think this book is more geared towards young adults. It is certainly an interesting view on the city of Venice and the gondolier profession. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Mar 25, 2014 |
I was immediately transported back to Venice as I poured through the pages of the Gondola Maker. Morelli's descriptive tome brings the sights, sounds, and smells of 16th Century Venice alive as she takes us on a Luca's journey. Luca's character is engaging as he transverses life, loss, family and fortune. ( )
  KerryMarsh | Mar 19, 2014 |
bookshelves: currently-reading, e-book, historical-fiction, italy, venice, winter-20132014, net-galley, published-2013, under-10-ratings, art-forms, love, conflagration
Read from January 12 to 17, 2014

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Dedication: Dedicated to those whose hearts propel their hand

From the description: “I was not supposed to be the eldest son, but here I am, the accidental heir to my father’s boatyard. I consider it nothing short of a miracle that I am here at all.”

Luca Vianello is the heir to the city’s most esteemed gondola boatyard. It’s his life’s calling, his duty to his father and the generations that came before him.

But when his mother dies in childbirth, a lifetime of resentment boils to the surface. In an argument with his father, Luca accidentally sets fire to the boatyard. In an instant, his life, his destiny, goes up in flames.

Alone for the first time, Luca secures a job as a private gondolier to a portrait painter. He discovers a dilapidated gondola in the shadows of the artist’s boathouse. He recognizes it as an antique made in his own family boatyard--by his own grandfather’s hands.

Luca finds himself drawn to restore the old gondola with the dream of taking a beautiful girl for a ride. He doesn't know that the girl, the daughter of a rich banker who has come to the artist's studio to sit for a portrait, has a plan of her own.

Opening: VENICE 1574: I chew my lower lip while I wait to see my father's gondola catch fire.

Yep - she wrote 'while' not 'whilst'; picky wench am I not. First person singular on the go too. This will have to work hard to garner my attention.

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So after a long trawl north in a blizzard I reach the end of this book. Whilst both journeys, the physical and the read, were uneventful both were delightful. So in a northernish Swedish city called Sundsval I tell you that this read was lovely, unexpectably interesting and I now feel that I could take some wood and form a gondola, oil it up and fashion some oars, furnish it and giggle behind the curtains. Yet here I am looking at a viking longboat, just as lovingly created, yet with no nod to comfort.

Hah

Life is a circle, and this aspect is on full display in this lovely read. Try it out yourself.

3.5* ( )
  mimal | Jan 17, 2014 |
This book was an interesting look into the life of a Renaissance gondolier. Luca confronts his father after his mothers death and their confrontation leads to the destruction of their boatyard. Luca flees and tries to begin a new life for himself. He finally comes to work as a gondolier for Trevisan, in whose boathouse he finds and then restores an old gondola which had been made by his grandfather. Luca also is enamored of the young noblewoman Giuliana Zachi and tries to help her, which leads to his arrest and imprisonment. The story provided much detail into the craft of making and piloting gondolas, as well as life in Venice at that time.
I found the descriptions of the intensive work involve in making the gondola to be informative. I had never thought of the boats as being built by guilds, nor of the way labor in Venice was divided among them, though I should have since they were so important to that time. The book brought life in Venice at that time to life.
I appreciate that the book was one that not only could I read, but one that I would not be embarrassed to recommend others to read. The author wrote a good story, one that appeals to adults, without gratuitous sex and foul language. She also described familial relationships well and came full circle with Luca's reunion with his family. I have not been compensated in any way (other than being given a copy of this book to review) and my opinion on the book is entirely my own. ( )
  graffitimom | Jan 16, 2014 |
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Award-winning historical fiction set in 16th-century Venice Benjamin Franklin Digital Award IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction E-book National Indie Excellence Award Finalist Eric Hoffer Award Finalist Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize From the author of MADE IN ITALY comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice. Venetian gondola-maker Luca Vianello considers his whole life arranged. His father charted a course for his eldest son from the day he was born, and Luca is positioned to inherit one of the city's most esteemed boatyards. But when Luca experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. THE GONDOLA MAKER brings the centuries-old art of gondola-making to life in the tale of a young man's complicated relationship with his master-craftsman father. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.

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