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Berendt, John. THE CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS - Sceptre 2005

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The City of Fallen Angels by John Berendt. 2005 - Sceptre. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, The City of Fallen Angels by John Berendt, published in 2005 by Sceptre.

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Title The City of Fallen Angels
Author John Berendt
Publisher Sceptre
Edition first edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2005
ISBN 0340824980
Cover Price 20.00
No. Pages 356
Dimensions 24 cm x 16 cm
Weight (kg) 0.74

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by a full numberline on the copyright page.

The book has blue boards and metalic lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £20.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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John Berendt

The son of two writers, John Berendt grew up in Syracuse, New York. He earned a B.A. in English from Harvard University, where he worked on the staff of The Harvard Lampoon. After graduating in 1961, he moved to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. Berendt has written for David Frost and Dick Cavett, was editor of New York  magazine from 1977 to 1979, and wrote a monthly column for Esquire from 1982 to 1994.

Berendt first traveled to Savannah in the early 1980s, when he realized that he could fly there for a three-day weekend for the price of "a paillard of veal served on a bed of wilted radicchio"  in one of New York's trendier restaurants. Over the ensuing eight years his visits became more frequent and extended, until he was spending more time in Savannah than in New York.

Part of the appeal, Berendt says, lay in the city's penchant for morbid gossip: "People in Savannah don't say, 'Before leaving the room, Mrs. Jones put on her coat.' Instead, they say, 'Before leaving the room, Mrs. Jones put on the coat that her third husband gave her before he shot himself in the head." (Entertainment Weekly)

Since the publication and unprecedented success of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, Berendt has become a Savannah celebrity and was even presented with the key to the city. "I took it down to City Hall one night to see if it would work, but it didn't." (Syracuse Post Standard)

Synopsis of this title

A unique tour behind the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption and venality are rampant, and John Berendt is a master at seeking them out. Ezra Pound and his mistress, Olga; poet Mario Stefani; the Rat Man of Treviso; these are among the intriguing and eccentric characters whom Berendt skewers with his elegant pen.

With his background in journalism, Berendt is perfectly poised to gain access to private and unapproachable people, and persuade them to talk frankly to him. The result is mischievous, witty, compelling - and destined to be the non-fiction success d'estime of the year.

Reviews of this title


Kirkus Reviews, starred review, August 1, 2005--
Berendt does great justice to an exalted city that has rightly fascinated...many...throughout the world.

Deirdre Donahue, USA Today, September 27, 2005--
Having read Angels, I cannot stop haunting travel websites in search of cheap fares to Italy. Angels is that good.

Jonathan Yardley, The Washington Post--
Exceptionally interesting... Berendt’s prose, now as then, is precise, evocative and witty.

USA Today--
Berendt is that rare writer devoured by millions.

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