The Gondola Maker

  • Title: The Gondola Maker
  • Author: Laura Morelli
  • ISBN: 9780989367103
  • Page: 263
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Gondola Maker 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 consid
    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 boatyaFrom 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.Laura Morelli holds a Ph.D in art history from Yale University, where she was a Bass Writing Fellow and Mellon Doctoral Fellow She authored a column for National Geographic Traveler called The Genuine Article and contributes pieces about authentic travel to national magazines and newspapers Laura has been featured on CNN Radio, Travel Today with Peter Greenberg, The Frommers Travel Show, and in USA TODAY, Departures, House Garden Magazine, Traditional Home, the Denver Post, Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, and other media Recently Morelli s art history lesson, What s the difference between art and craft was produced and distributed by TED Ed Laura has taught college level art history at Trinity College in Rome, as well as at Northeastern University, Merrimack College, St Joseph College, and the College of Coastal Georgia Laura has lived in five countries, including four years in Italy Laura Morelli is the author of the guidebook series that includes Made in Italy , Made in France , and Made in the Southwest , all published by Rizzoli Universe.

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    About Laura Morelli


    1. The first time I visited Venice as a wide eyed teenager, I knew I was supposed to buy Murano glass, but I had no idea why All I knew was that I was whisked to the famous glass island on an overcrowded, stinky boat I waited behind two dozen American and Japanese tourists to pay an exorbitant price for a little glass fish what a bewildering experience Still, it was the artistic traditions of the world that inspired me to study the past Living in Europe and Latin America, I realized that in many places, centuries old craft traditions are still living traditions.So began my quest to discover craftspeople passing on a special kind of knowledge to the next generation.__________________________________________________Laura Morelli holds a a Ph.D in art history from Yale University Her books include Made in Italy, Made in France, and Made in the Southwest, which lead travelers to some of the world s most authentic experiences She has written for many national publications including USA Today and the New York Daily News, and has authored a column for National Geographic Traveler online called The Genuine Article She has taught at Trinity College in Rome, Tufts University, Northeastern University, and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and has spoken to public audiences across the U.S and Europe.


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    1. Almost 4 StarsI really liked this book and I'm not entirely sure why.As a whole, it wasn't particularly exciting. There's no mystery, intrigue, action and very little romance. And yet, I couldn't put it down.As an artist, I was fascinated with the whole craftsman experience. Things like ship figureheads fascinate me so getting a birdseye view of gondola makers in the 1500s was awesome.Through the author's writing, I could visualize Venice like I never had before. Because of the waterways through [...]

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    2. "In Venice things are not what they first appear. " The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli is a delightful read. The story captured me as did the main characters. Having been lucky to visit Venice twice, I truly enjoyed sections about the Doge's palace, the Grand Canal, the Rialto Bridge and the prison. Well researched, Morelli made the refurbishing and building a gondola entertaining and educational. Will look for more books written by Morelli.

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    3. I really enjoyed this book--the detailed descriptions of life in 16th century Venice were wonderful and the story and characters were believable and interesting. The main character was sympathetic and worth rooting for. Now I want to visit a gondola maker (squero) in Venice, maybe this fall!I'll be officially reviewing this book on my blog (janegs) as part of its book tour on Monday, May 5 and giving away 1 copy (international). Stop by and enter and you might win a free copy of this wonderful b [...]

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    5. Free on kindle today. I have been fascinated with Italian and Venetian crafts when visiting the little shops in Venice. This sounds like a neat little historical read.

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    6. 3.5 starsI requested this book from NetGalley, because I have a vacation planned in Venice this summer, and I knew this would get me in the mood. Not that you ever need to “get in the mood” for a trip to Italy, but there’s still snow outside my window, and I’m trying to forget it’s winter. Also, I have a fondness for Gondolas since my first trip to Venice. I had gotten a book that promised the inside track on all the cool, obscure, non-touristy things to see while I was there. One of t [...]

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    7. Don't you just love it when you come across a book that you want to read again and again? This happened to me with Laura Morelli's The Gondola Maker. As soon as I read the ending, I went back and reread the beginning and started over.I came across this book through one of those ubiquitous recommendations on . It seemed a good recommendation, so I added it to my TBR wish list. A couple of weeks later, I went to Laura Morelli's website. I like to find out a bit about the authors whose books I choo [...]

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    8. I like this book a lot. The story in the 16the Century Venice was really interesting and I like the main characters and the way they're involved in the story. The writing was beautiful and rich, I learn a lot of things about gondolas and the hierarchy which rules the boatmen and how they're proud of their work and I apreciate all the details about it. It's a book about love, about pride, about redemption and forgiveness and the way everybody should be able to have a second chance in life. J'ai b [...]

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    9. This book was a collection of near-misses. I almost liked it. I almost cared about the characters. I almost felt invested in the story. I almost felt the beat of the world. Instead, I was mostly bored and occasionally frustrated with character inconsistencies. I stayed just engaged enough to keep reading, but I wouldn't recommend it.

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    10. See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsI was invited to join an Italy Book Tours spotlight tour for Laura Morelli's new novel, The Painter's Apprentice, next month. That story takes place in the same historical Venice setting as The Gondola Maker and, on the strength of this first book, I am certainly looking forward to the next in the series!The eponymous Gondola Maker, Luca, is the son of a boat-building family whose expertise, passed down through the generations, means his life [...]

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    11. A joy to readMs.Morelli’s artistically crafted prose made this book a joy to read. None of my senses was left wanting. I tasted the food, smelled the canals, heard the chapel bells, witnessed the crowded canals, and felt the texture of fine woods. I was in Venice.I rooted for Luca, the protagonist, as he grew into a self-confident young man despite the many cards stacked against him. No matter the difficulties, and there were many, his work ethic and love for his city remained steadfast.

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    12. See the review on my blog:vanillamoonbooks/2If you are anything like me, then when you hear the word "gondola", this is the image that comes to mind:But how many of you know about the art of crafting such a fine boat, how it was a family business, passed from father to son? Or the fact that rich people had their own gondolier, and that this boat was their main means of transport in old Venice, having a special passenger compartiment?Laura Morelli's "The Gondola Maker" paints a well-documented im [...]

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    13. I read this because I am going to Venice soon and I thought it might be interesting. This is a debut novel for Ms. Morelli and reads like it. It is easily read and I liked characters, but most of them were not fleshed out very well. She knows how to plot well and will most likely improve in her later books, however, it's a shallow effort. Nice details about gondola making.

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    14. The Gondola Maker by Laura MorelliISBN: 978-0989367103Published: March 3, 2014Published by: Laura MorelliTrade paperback, 306 pagesI loved this historical fiction set in the romantic city of Venice of the late1500’s, or as it is frequently referred to in the book, Our Most Serene City.This is the story of 22-year-old Luca Vianello, told from his POV, heir to an important gondola-making family boatyard. . I liked Luca immediately. In pursuit of work following family disaster, he hires on as a g [...]

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    15. Venice, Italy, is at the top of a lot of people's bucket lists -- including mine! I'm a bit of a realist and the way things are going right now, I won't be headed there any time soon. Thankfully, with books like The Gondola Maker by Laura Morelli it's easy to take the trip on the Grand Canal and "see" Venice and all of its rich history.Luca Vianello is the heir to his family's gondola making business. When the boatyard is unexpectedly and accidentally destroyed, he has no other choice but to fle [...]

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    16. SynopsisFrom 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. When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, 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. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic detail [...]

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    17. Did I enjoy this book: It was ok in its best moments.If I hadn’t agreed to read this book to write a review, I’d have stopped reading at chapter 17 – that’s the moment the story went way off the rails for me.I was reading the story from the first person point of view of a gondola maker. He’s pretty much an every day guy except he caught his father’s boat on fire and ran away from his family. Or at least that’s what I thought the story was about.In Chapter 17, a new character jumps [...]

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    18. MehAlthough the descriptions of scenes and objects were rich, the characters were rather flat and the story never really got off the ground. I kept waiting for something to happen, some conflict to arise, but it never did. The 'antagonist' was barely mentioned, and never even met the protagonist, let alone receive any comeuppance. The 'great' love story is never resolved, either. It was rather disappointing all around.

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    19. I loved this book! I have ridden gondolas in Italy, but never fully appreciated the craft it takes to make one. The main character in this story is a young man who is the eldest son of his father, a famous Venetian gondola maker, as was his grandfather. This young man is destined to inherit his father's business. When his mother dies giving birth to a child, the son is overwrought. He is angered that his father impregnated his mother when she was too old. On the morning of his mother's funeral, [...]

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    20. This story revolves around a young man whose family are traditional gondola makers. Having been to Venice on several occasions I was curious to learn more about these artists and wasn’t disappointed. The technical and artistic details were fascinating and I was intrigued by the descriptions of what life was like in 16th century Venice for the different artistic guilds. I liked the main character, Luca, but would have really enjoyed a bit more character development, as well as that of the beaut [...]

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    21. This novel will transport readers to Renaissance Venice with canals and a bustling city life. A bildungsroman fraught with class tensions, THE GONDOLA MAKER is a story of young love. Luca Vianello loves Giuliana Zanchi the moment he sets eyes on her. But as gondolier for local artist Master Trevisan, Luca is not of noble birth and therefore not an acceptable match for Giuliana. However, Giuliana needs privacy for a few errands and Luca is more than happy to be her personal servant.Read my full r [...]

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    22. Laura sets the scene of this brilliantly written book in the beautiful renaissance of Venice, you cannot help but visualize the beauty of the city and its romantic attachments. The Gondola is a focus for her story and incredibly well written throughout, the characters and the plot, a really worthwhile read!

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    23. I quite enjoyed this bit of historical fiction. Had the characters been just a little more developed, I'd have added a star.

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    24. Brilliantly researched, beautifully written. This novel is a step into 16th C Venice, perfectly replicating all of the sights, smells and sounds of the great city.

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    25. Loved this book from Laura Morelli. Rich in detail and history and paints an amazing picture of the gloriousness of Venice. Look forward to your next book, Laura.

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    26. It takes the educated eye of an artist to see and communicate the beauty of handmade physical objects, such as the gondolas, buildings, paintings and costumes in this story. The author is more than equal to this task. The hero is such a skilled artisan that in his hands, craft becomes art. The author breathes life into this fascinating period and speaks of ordinary daily activities with the assurance that comes from immersion in the history. Beyond that, the characters and their feelings stand o [...]

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    27. This novel was offered free for Kindle on one of the e-lists I subscribe to. Usually those give-aways are a mixed bag, but this one was quite good. I realized after I finished it that I also own one of Morelli's nonfiction books, Made in Italy, which I read a few weeks ago as research for my trip to Italy next spring.Morelli captured the era well and her descriptions of the craft of gondola making were truly captivating. The damage inflicted on one of the boats is heart-wrenching, especially if [...]

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    28. The Gondola Maker was a fascinating tale of gondolas, the gondeliers, the craftsmen, the artisans, the rich and privileged. The time period of the tale was one of injustice for the poor and women. It was a time when some of the greatest pieces of art were createdr the wealthy. The book ended with several pages of info about the time period and people, that really helped me to get a a good idea of what the author wanted her readers to get out of the book. I was surprised that the story ended wher [...]

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    29. I found this novel completely engaging. Laura Morelli did an excellent job of creating the time and place there were scenes where I could almost smell the varnish and the stench of the canal. I loved the quick details of the Guilds, the craftsmen, the boatmen, a successful artist and his clientele. It was just enough to create a sense of 16th century Venice. The clash of Family expectations, the ramifications of hasty decisions, the cruel indifference of the powerful could have been explored fur [...]

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    30. Thanks to Netgalley for sending me this book for review. This is one of my favourite books and is set in one of my favourite cities, Venice, Italy.Set in Venice in the late 1500s, The Gondola Maker is the story of Luca Vianello, the son of the owner of a gondola boatyard and he's expected to follow in his father's footsteps. After an argument with his father, Luca unintentionally sets fire to the boatyard and runs away. I could not put this book down and was immersed in the story of how Luca's l [...]

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