Berendt's descriptions of people and places are well-honed and he has an ear for a good yarn as well as an obvious knack for getting people to talk revealingly
Fascinating, fantastic. . . Intrigue, too, stems from the burning of the Fenice opera house in 1996 and here Berendt's enthusiasm for juicy recriminations become almost palpable.
It's a fascinating read
'Glittering, entertaining and anecdote-filled.'
The inhabitants of Venice are the real stars of the story