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Book review: The Silent Gondoliers 
19th-Aug-2009 12:20 pm
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William Goldman's novella The Silent Gondoliers is told by S. Morgenstern, the same alter-ego he used in The Princess Bride, and who once again intersperses the story with little notes and interruptions. Here the story is about the Venice goldoliers, who once were the finest singers in the world - and the mystery of why they stopped singing, which is tied in with a gondolier called Luigi. The story's too short to say much more without giving it all away but suffice it to say it's another charming fairytale that Goldman populates with a cast of comic grotesques and occasional ridiculous touches - like the pitfalls of training with the world's greatest singing coach, who happens to be deaf.
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