The Politics of Washing

The Politics of Washing

Real Life in Venice

eBook - 2013
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This is the story of ordinary life in an extraordinary place. The beautiful city of Venice has been a fantasy land for people from around the globe for centuries, but what is it like to live there? To move house by boat, to get a child with a broken leg to hospital or set off for school one morning only to find that the streets have become rivers and the playground is a lake full of sewage? When Polly Coles and her family left England for Venice, they discovered a city caught between modern and ancient lifewhere the locals still go on an annual pilgrimage to give thanks for the end of the Black Death; where schools are housed in renaissance palaces and your new washing machine can only be delivered on foot. This is a city perilously under siege from tourism, but its people refuse to give it upindeed, they love it with a passion. The Politics of Washing is a fascinating window into the world of ordinary Venetians and the strange and unique place they call home.
Publisher: London : Robert Hale, 2013
ISBN: 9780719809934
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aug 13, 2019

One of the back cover blurbs says, "No book as thoughtful, perceptive and humane on Venice has appeared since William Dean Howells wrote his Venetian Life in 1866." I don't know all the literature but I was really moved by this book, and besides its insight, it was also really entertaining and funny. The book is written as a series of short essays, but the main theme is clear - Venice has 16 million tourists a year, and only 60,000 inhabitants. Besides being flooded by high tides regularly, the beautiful old city is swamped by tourism and regular life has become very difficult.

Dec 19, 2016

Having visited Venice a few years ago, i was captivated by this book and its examination of everyday life there, a life no tourist can appreciate. It also offered much insight into how damaging tourism has been to the city's culture and heritage, where authenticity is now an 'endangered species."


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