This is a book about the city of Venice by John Berendt, who wrote "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
I had enjoyed "Midnight" very much, so when "City of Falling Angels" was chosen by my book group, I was loking forward to reading it.
I was disappointed though. I found the book boring. There is a lot of gossip and a lot of uninteresting detail. Berendt seems particularly fascinated by rich people, so rather than getting a picture of the city as a whole, what we get is more like a portrait of the people who appear in newspaper society columns.
To the extent that there is a narrative thread in the book, it involves a fire that destroyed the Opera House, and its subsequent rebuilding. But in large part the book hops around from one thing to another. There isn't the kind of strong suspensful storyline that I had liked so much in "Midnight in the Garden."
I did learn some interesting things about Venice -- about glass-blowing, and about art, and even about rats! But there was too much boring stuff to slog through to get to the good parts.