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The Venetian's Wife Hardcover – 1 Jun 1997


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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; First Printing edition (1 Jun. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811811409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811811408
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 2.3 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Nick Bantock is the author of numerous illustrated novels, including Griffin & Sabine, Sabine's Notebook, The Golden Mean, The Gryphon, and Alexandria, which together spent 100 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Born in England, he now lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 April 1997
Format: Hardcover
Both thrilling and sensual The Venetian's Wife is truly one of Nick Bantock's superior works. It's storyline is brisk and involving, and although Sara, the main character, may seem dull and removed at first, is quickly shown to be caring and adventurous.
Through the reading of diaries and letters the reader is brilliantly transported into the personal lives of Sara, her love interest, and her mysterious employer. It is almost tantalizing and in some way mischievous to read, what in reality would be a person's deepest and most personal thoughts.
Perallel only to the writing and involving storyline is Nick Bantock's beautiful art. Both on the side of whime and passion it adds brilliantly to the book's overall mood.
An excellent work, which was so incompassing I had to read it without stopping. Perfect for anyone who craves adventure, love, mystery, fantasy, and or art.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I thought this book was beautiful as well as thrilling. I liked the indian sculpture theory, and felt Bantock had a good point of view of the main character herself. I felt the character's life was very realistic and interesting. I liked the way he put the story of the explorer and the beautiful art panels and collages of indian sculptures (I noticed a mistake in the artwork, yet it really doesn't matter) You will find this tale delightful and spooky!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Mar. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Bantock is an author who takes the reader through a beautifully woven tapestry of subtle imaginings mixed with creative original artwork. His first novel, Griffin & Sabine uses a collection of postcards and letters sent between soulmates following each other around the world, destined to never meet. Each post draws the reader further into the web of coincidence and romance that frames their relationship. Venetian's Wife carries on this style of writing - email messages and journal entries describe how mysterious collector of Indian sculpture hires a museum worker to locate the few remaining pieces of mystical artwork.

I've been waiting for a good story - skip the violence, skip the pedantic good-guy/bad-guy adventure -- Bantock is one who, when you allow your imagination to follow him, can (amazingly ) bring characters to life through simple correspondances in a way that can leave you breathless.

If you enjoy fantastic stories that can take your breath away, Nick Bantock's Griffin & Sabine, Sabine's Notebook, Golden Mean, and now Venetian's Wife are required reading.

BTW, the bookjacket says: "The Venetian's Wife is a lush, romantic adventure of the soul that tantalizes the reader to the last line." For once, I can agree with what I read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Jan. 1998
Format: Hardcover
I did not know the author but was attracted by the beautiful illustrations that fill the book. By quickly browsing it I thought it would be a nice mystery with backgrounds in art, history and Indian culture. Unfortunately very little of my expectations did come true. The characters are plain, the plot (?) is shallow and the mistery is absent. The illustrations are the only interesting elements in the book. Well, to be honest, the _idea_ is good, and maybe a competent writer could have done a better job. BTW, the ghost thing is very poor...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Mar. 1999
Format: Hardcover
This is the first Bantock book I've read, and I really liked it. Extremely original layout, story, format, etc. If your search has brought you here, you need to buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Mar. 1998
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I still enjoyed "The Venetian's Wife," however. It took me a couple of attempts to really get into the spirit of the book...no pun intended. I like that Bantock weaves the spiritual with technology. I wish there were more details about the characters, though. Would love to have known them better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 July 1998
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ok it's not great literature, but this is a lovely little fairy-tale for adults. the narrative of a reclusive artist coming out of her shell seems to be a favorite theme, but is told with humor, warmth an a bit of playful eroticism. also beautiful to look at, of course.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jan. 1997
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Bantock manages to awaken passions through his
words. There is an underlying feeling that can not be
explained but felt in his stories... you are so captured by
his characters that you desperately want to live their
lives. And by reading their e-mail or letters, you do
just that... you feel you become the charachter.
The Venetian's Wife is a unique romance, but can be enjoyed
by both male and female. He combines both mystery, love,
history and technology to create a story that will keep your
mind boiling in thought.
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