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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: William Heinemann (2 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0434019496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0434019496
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The attraction of the walks, even if you've never read the books, is that they take you through some of the most interesting and often least touristy parts of this always fascinating city" (Mail on Sunday)

"Throughout this guide, the native view is constantly being set against the tourist view, with Brunettis' own favourite coffee and wine bars, far from the tourist melee, getting a mention. What this book also shows though, is not just the beauty of a city, but the literary opportunities it offers. As has been noted before, the city in a long-running detective series virtually becomes a character on its own, playing a pivotal role in the detecting and solving of crime, and Brunetti's Venice is no exception . . . A sense of intimacy is a feature travel guides struggles to manufacture; this kind of detective guide to a place is intimate from the beginning. Even those unfamiliar with Leon's Brunetti books will succumb to being shown a city by one of its own who loves it in spite of all its corruption and crime, tourist paraphernalia and ignorant crowds." (Herald)

"For lovers of the city Sepeda will take her place alongside Jan Morris, John Julius Norwich and JG Links, who wrote an inimitable celebration of pedestrian Venice, Venice for Pleasure" (Daily Telegraph)

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A walking guide to Venice in the company of Donna Leon's much-loved fictional detective Commissario Brunetti

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Janet A. Stevenson on 6 May 2009
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Thoroughly enjoyed it,didnt want the walks to end!!Amost useful,interesting book for someone not knowing Venice,and for someone quite familiar with it I have been 10 times and read all 18 novels-it conjures up sights and atmospheres vividly-it is a magical place -cant wait for the next novel!!!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A. Huston on 14 May 2009
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My wife and I have just returned from Venice and took this book to inspire our walks. The book contains good, detailed maps to go with each walk. Main complaint is that where the route is shown over a street it all but obliterates the street name. Needless to say this is a bit tricky. You end up guessing the street name by what's left top and bottom, or by nearby streets. Therefore it's helpful to have another - and detailed - street map to help out at times.
As for the walks they took us to parts of Venice we would otherwise miss and of course if you are familiar with Brunetti then they are all the more special. Tried a few of the bars and restaurants mentioned and liked them.
You don't need to be a Donna Leon fan to enjoy the walks in this book. It quotes relevant passages from books to match each area so is quite self-contained as a guide-book.
Walks around Accademia were lovely and peaceful compared with the hectic San Marco area.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By AlanF on 15 Jun 2009
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I would highly recommend this book to Donna Leon's Brunetti fans; particularly those who have been to,or are about to visit Venice.
Likely real places, buildings and eateries for Donna Leon's fictions will add lots of satisfying glimpses of Brunetti's beloved Venice.
My wife is even re-reading 'Death at la fenice' again with Mr Sepeda's book by her side. The guided walks are a delight in themselves. they provide an admirable itinerary for a stay in the city.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ms. E. M. Staszewska on 17 May 2009
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If you are a regular visitor to Venice, you will find this virtual visit in the company of Comissario Brunetti a must. It helps you to see the city through the eyes of a Venetian and brings to life the world of Donna Leon's very human detective. It will accompany me on my next visit to Venice and I will follow the well-described "tours" using the clearly mapped routes.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bo Lundin on 14 Jun 2009
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Following in Brunetti's footsteps from his debut in "Death at La Felice" up to the tenth novel gives Toni Sepeda ample possibilities to look in depth at different parts of Venice - often with quotes from Donna Leon's novels. No illustrations, but a couple of detailed maps. The result is a competent guide book about a fascinating city - and a good companion for all Brunetti lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olivia on 11 July 2011
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I took this book with me when I went on a week's holiday to Venice as I have read and enjoyed a number of Donna Leon's Brunetti books. I found it very entertaining to read as well as being very useful. The maps are very clear - and with much larger print than the tourist map I also had with me. I didn't complete any of the full walks that Toni Sepeda suggested but did parts of several of them and found it very easy to follow her directions and find the landmarks that are shown in the maps. My only disappointment was that I wasn't able to find anywhere that produced meals that compared with the mouth-watering descriptions of the meals that Paola makes for the Brunetti family!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Robertson on 26 July 2009
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If like me you are a fan of Donna Leon's atmospheric crime novels and of their Venice setting, this book cannot be bettered. As well as reminding the reader of some of the story lines from the novels, this is a really useful guide to a whole variety of walks through Venice which will take you to some of the quieter and (almost) tourist free areas of the city. We used it on a trip to La Serenissma earlier this summer and it was brilliant. The maps are clear and the accompanying text is informative and useful. We will definitely use it again on future visits.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lulu M on 22 Aug 2009
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Brunetti's Venice: Walks Through the Novels

This is a wonderful companion book to the Donna Leon series about Inspector Brunetti. However, if you have only read a few books (or none at all) then it might not be as easy to follow. I enjoyed it so much it has made me want to return to Venice to see it all 'in the flesh'
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