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Book review: 'Venice: Pure City' by Peter Ackroyd
Book review: 'Venice: Pure City' by Peter Ackroyd

The works of man are many and wondrous, but if I had to pick one that most completely embodies the concept of the sublime, it probably would be the autumnal view from the terrace of Venice's Gritti Palace, across the Grand Canal, to the great church of Santa Maria della Salute — though I'm not sure I ever could satisfactorily explain precisely why. In the long years of its decline and decay, Venice always has managed to evoke both the rhapsodic and the mysterious. Thus Evelyn Waugh has his Charles Ryder in " Brideshead Revisited," glimpsing it for the first time, muse: "This was my introduction to the baroque." Sent there on assignment, the American...

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