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    The girl from Venice

    Great characters, interesting story. I would like to see more of the same storyline with such oddball characters.
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    A sloppy assemblage of misinformatio

    Mr Cruz Smith’s book seems to have been written to serve two purposes. First, to prove the enduring myth that an older man will always be able to win the heart of a much younger pretty girl. Second, to reinforce for Americans that the world is American, and that the American ideological view of the world is fact rather than myth. In his acknowledgements, Mr Cruz Smith says that his writing is, “a kind of fiction designed to tell the truth”. This isn’t borne out by the book. There is no attempt to portray Italians as Italian or Germans as German. The sensibilities of all the characters are middle American. Where they are heroes they are handsome, where they are women, they are beautiful, where they are villains, they are ugly. All reference to German or Italian objects uses Americanised language. There are many errors informed by poor research, such as one of the characters (dead by the time we meet her) owning a Citroen 2CV van. This is supposed to be mountainous Italy in 1945, the 2CV went on sale in 1948 to help French farmers navigate their vast flat fields. Elsewhere, there appears to be too much reliance on Youtube for references, without an understanding of what the Youtube sources portray. Near the end, an aeroplane pulling a Coca Cola banner appears over Venice. This is passed off as an unfriendly act. In fact, it is an attempt to show America (the USA) as dominant everywhere. Despite Italian Liberation Day being mentioned, there is no reference to the fact that the British and New Zealand armies liberated Venice. Contrary to the author’s claim that fiction points to truth, there doesn’t appear to be much truth in this book. It’s filmic but lazy writing.
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    Girl from Venice

    Wonderful story from a brilliant writer. Easy to read and enjoy.
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