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Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the fortunes of the Venier family waned, and the project was left abandoned and unfinished. Yet in the early 20th century, it attracted three fascinating women: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim. Luisa held parties as extravagant as Renaissance court operas. Doris hosted film stars and royalty at glittering gatherings. And for Peggy, the Palazzo served as a home for her exquisite collection of modern art.

©2017 Judith Mackrell (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd

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Wonderful story brilliantly read

I thoroughly enjoyed the structure of the book and how the stories of these 3 women intertwined. We learn about 3 formidable lives and with them historical events. The narrator’s voice is very engaging and she does a brilliant job apart from when she pronounces words in Italian. She invariably stresses the wrong syllable or over exaggerates the word almost mocking it. This could have been addressed as she only ever says one or two Italian words at a time. I mention this because it does detract from the otherwise excellent performance.

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  • 09-01-18

Nostalgia At Its Best

A great read and insight into a bygone era and to three incredible women of that time.

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