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  • n  a boating song sung by Venetian gondoliers

  • Shipowner Onassis sang a variation on the Callas theme: "Friends have described me as a sailor," went his barcarolle.
  • The author's reporting of the color and confusion of this Celtic barcarolle is vivid and poetically evocative, but it is interrupted by personal references that seem self-indulgent.

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