I have yet to read Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, which is probably Berendt’s more famous book, but I’m definitely going to make an effort to seek it out. I really loved The City of Falling Angels — the writing felt like someone sitting down and telling you a story, and what a story it was!
The City of Falling Angels is nonfiction, and Berendt makes it clear that every word is truth. The book begins as Venice is burning — in 1996 the Fenice opera house caught fire and burned to the ground. Berendt’s previously planned vacation landed him in Venice three days later, and he ended up staying for months as he investigated the fire — not only the cause, but the repercussions. In the process, he learns quite a bit about how different Venice is from just about anywhere else in the world, and why.
It’s a really interesting book, especially to someone who took a class specifically on Venetian art in college. Berendt’s writing style is very casual, which makes it a breeze to read. Highly recommended!