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The Stones of Florence and Venice Observed (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 23 Feb 2006

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (23 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141188219
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141188218
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary McCarthy (1912-89). As drama critic for the Partisan Review (1937-45), she gained a reputation for wit, intellect, and acerbity. Her novel The Oasis (1949) satirizes left-wing intellectuals, whereas The Group (1963) satirizes an entire generation. Her other novels include Cast a Cold Eye (1950), The Groves of Academe (1952), Birds of America (1971), and Cannibals and Missionaries (1979). Among her volumes of nonfiction are Venice Observed (1956), The Stones of Florence (1959), Vietnam (1967), The Mask of State: Watergate Portraits (1974), Ideas and the Novel (1980), and How I Grew (1987).


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'How can you stand it?' This is the first thing the transient visitor to Florence, in summer, wants to know, and the last thing too - the eschatological question he leaves echoing in the air as he speeds on to Venice. Read the first page
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Written with flair and panache - not a word is wasted. Witty and amusing - you will never view these two cities in the same light again yet will not miss anything you should have seen!
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The book was written 50 years ago, and is very dated due to the huge amount of research that came out since both in art history, and history in general. It's mainly about art history with a bit of travel writing. Both are out of date and also
very dry and boring to my taste. Personally, I can't understand why it's still in print.
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HASH(0x99211d68) out of 5 stars A great classic of travel literature 5 April 2014
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A golden oldie that captures the feel of the two cities brilliantly. I recommend it before, during and after trips to these two places!
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