Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Acqua Alta, by Ashley Bevilacqua Anglin

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(Climate Change) A young girl and her grandfather are among the last people living in Venice when they get an evacuation order in advance of a toxic high tide. (4,985 words; Time: 16m)

Rating: ★★★☆☆ Average

This piece has extra value for anyone who's been to Venice and speaks a little Italian.
"," by (edited by Manjana Milkoreit, Meredith Martinez and Joey Eschrich), appeared in (RSR review), published on by .

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Pro: This is primarily a story about how the narrator lost her past, and eventually reconciled herself to it. She despises her father and uncles in Venezialand for giving up, but even though she can honestly say that she was the last to go (and was even the last child actually born in Venice), she too finally accepts reality and thinks about the future.

Con: There's not much of an actual plot here. The narrator isn't trying to do anything except stay put, and she doesn't try very hard to do that. Things just happen, and she reports them.

There is a lot of symbolism in the story that seems opaque. Why is she carrying around Le CittĂ  Invisibili? What's the meaning of the annual glass sculptures?

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