The girl from venice book club questions

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the girl from venice book club questions

The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith

In the end, The Girl from Venice is an accidental study of the strengths and weaknesses of certain aspects of modernism. A fisherman named Cenzo pulls a strange catch, a beautiful young Jewish woman named Giulia. In a world of fascists, communist partisans, intrigue, and the desperate wickedness of the Third Reich, protecting the girl from Venice will be no easy task. To navigate these dark waters, Cenzo must employ all of his professional knowledge and personal wit. Cruz Smith expertly lays the scene in Venice, and his research is as meticulous as his style is natural. The reader can almost smell the canals and taste the air.
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Our Reading Guide for The Girl from Venice by Martin Cruz Smith includes Book Club Discussion Questions, Book Reviews, Plot Summary-Synopsis and Author.

A Love That Might Have Been Real

Rate this book. The highly anticipated new standalone novel from Martin Cruz Smith is a suspenseful World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. Venice, The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young woman's body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. This act of kindness leads them into the world of Partisans, random executions, the arts of forgery and high explosives, Mussolini's broken promises, the black market and gold, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon.

Venice, The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. He lives in California. Suspense, romance, spying, action—this novel has a little bit of everything, and it works.

Martin Cruz Smith is perhaps best known for his crime thriller series featuring Arkady Renko, a Russian militia investigator whose decency often made him run afoul of his Soviet masters. I was interested in knowing what was going through the minds of the Japanese at this turning point in our history. I wondered why on earth the Japanese started a war they had so little chance of winning. Smith explains on his website. In the spring of the end is clearly near for the German occupation forces in Italy. Everyone knows the Americans are coming and the Germans are not happy with their Italian ally.

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