18 June 2007
Burn Baby Burn
Mo over at It's a Blog Eat Blog World should know by now that it is not safe to leave me alone with a word. All sorts of things start happening. Today's word is "HEAT". Heat ... Hot ... Fire ... Burn ... Creation and Destruction ... Glass and Flames ... Phoenix rising from the ashes ... AHA!!! I Think She's Got It: The La Fenice (translation the Phoenix) Fire of 1996 and a wonderful book that I just finished: The City of Falling Angels by John Berendt. This book opens with the power of heat to create and destroy by juxtaposing the impact on the city of the burning of the famous La Fenice opera house and the beautiful works created by the master glass blower Archimede Seguso who watched the fire from his apartment across the dry canal drained for repairs.
Very rarely does a non-fiction book and the people described read as a mystery, romance, history, drama and family saga. This one does and all through it there is heat from the passion of opera to the passion of fathers and sons. If you read "Midnight In The Garden of Good and Evil" this new book by the same author is even better.
The phoenix eventually rose from the ashes. One cannot say the same for the glass ... "Signora Seguso sighed, It had been ten years since she had spoken to her younger son, Giampaolo ... until a court could decide their fate, those creations of love and fire would remain locked in a storeroom at the glassworks ..."
As for the sound in the new La Fenice - Here is the heat of Summertime