The Gondola Maker

by Laura Morelli

Laura Morelli | March 3, 2014 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Gondola Maker is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Silver IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction EBook
Finalist for the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award
Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize
Category finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award

From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.

When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.

 

“I’m a big fan of Venice, so I appreciate Laura Morelli’s special knowledge of the city, the period, and the process of gondola-making. An especially compelling story.” 

— Frances Mayes, author, Under the Tuscan Sun

“Sixteenth-century Venice is the star of Laura Morelli’s well-crafted historical novel about the heir to the city’s most renowned gondola builder.” 

— Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“The heir to a gondola empire rejects his birthright in this fascinating glimpse into Renaissance Venice.” 

— Kirkus Indie Book of the Month 

“Laura Morelli has done her research, or perhaps she was an Italian carpenter in another life. One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands.” 

— Pamela Sheldon Johns, author, Italian Food Artisans

“Laura Morelli’s extensive research into 16th-century Venice and the art of gondola making brings history to the present.”

— Foreword Reviews

“Romance, intrigue, family loyalty, pride and redemption set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy.”

— Library of Clean Reads 

“Historical fiction at its best.” 

— Midwest Book Review

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Published: March 3, 2014

Publisher: Laura Morelli

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0989367118

ISBN - 13: 9780989367110

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A unique, beautiful story Synopsis From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice. When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice. Review The Gondola Maker is a unique novel set in 16th century Venice. Luca Vianello is the eldest son of a gondola maker. Like his father and grandfather before him, Luca is expected to inherit and run the family business. His parents want him to marry a girl in order to form an alliance between their two families. A tragic accident causes Luca to flee, leaving his family and the business behind. As he creates a future for himself, his personal journey becomes compelling and the knowledge of his craft is never out of his mind. Author Laura Morelli has delved deeply into the Venetian Republic and the historic craft of gondola making, not only describing the process, but also its history, why gondolas are black, why they were burned, and the strict code of the gondoliers with their secret language used to manuever the vessels through the numerous canals and waterways. The story flows beautifully, unimpeded by the details and historical research. It is all the lesser known details about Venice that truly makes this novel stand out among all others. Born with Venetian roots, I truly loved this story because of its compelling characters, vivid descriptions, and that it taught me much that I never knew before about this fascinating city.
Date published: 2014-05-06

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The Gondola Maker

by Laura Morelli

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 3, 2014

Publisher: Laura Morelli

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0989367118

ISBN - 13: 9780989367110

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Silver IPPY Award for Best Adult Fiction EBook
Finalist for the 2014 National Indie Excellence Award
Shortlisted for the da Vinci Eye Prize
Category finalist for the Eric Hoffer Award

From the author of Made in Italy comes a tale of artisanal tradition and family bonds set in one of the world's most magnificent settings: Renaissance Venice.

When Luca Vianello, the heir to a renowned gondola-making enterprise, experiences an unexpected tragedy in the boatyard, he believes that his destiny lies elsewhere. Soon he finds himself drawn to restore an antique gondola with the dream of taking a girl for a ride. Lovers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details of gondola craftsmanship, along with an intimate first-person narrative set against the richly textured backdrop of 16th-century Venice.

 

“I’m a big fan of Venice, so I appreciate Laura Morelli’s special knowledge of the city, the period, and the process of gondola-making. An especially compelling story.” 

— Frances Mayes, author, Under the Tuscan Sun

“Sixteenth-century Venice is the star of Laura Morelli’s well-crafted historical novel about the heir to the city’s most renowned gondola builder.” 

— Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“The heir to a gondola empire rejects his birthright in this fascinating glimpse into Renaissance Venice.” 

— Kirkus Indie Book of the Month 

“Laura Morelli has done her research, or perhaps she was an Italian carpenter in another life. One can literally smell and feel the grain of finely turned wood in her hands.” 

— Pamela Sheldon Johns, author, Italian Food Artisans

“Laura Morelli’s extensive research into 16th-century Venice and the art of gondola making brings history to the present.”

— Foreword Reviews

“Romance, intrigue, family loyalty, pride and redemption set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy.”

— Library of Clean Reads 

“Historical fiction at its best.” 

— Midwest Book Review