Friday, April 27, 2012
Forgotten Books: William Goldman's The Silent Gondoliers: A Fable by S. Morgenstern
For a couple of chapters Morgenstern tells about his research into the question of why the gondoliers in Venice no longer sing. It's hard for him to get a straight answer. Then he launches into his story, which has to do with Luigi, a gondolier who wants to be a great singer but who has a terrible voice. Soon, he's not even a gondolier, because who'd want a gondolier who can't sing?
As in The Princess Bride, Morgenstern uses plenty of digressions and asides to get the story told, but he does get it told. I didn't find it as funny and wonderful as The Princess Bride, which is a great novel, and if you haven't read it, you should shut off your computer right now and find a copy and get started. If you have read it, then you'll probably want to pick up The Silent Gondoliers. While it doesn't have the same magic, it casts a little spell of its own.