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Susan Vreeland (1946–2017)

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Susan Vreeland was born in Racine, Wisconsin on January 20, 1946. She received a bachelor's degree in literature from San Diego State University. After graduating, she taught high school English in San Diego from 1969 to 2000. In 1980, she began writing articles about art, culture, and travel for näytä lisää newspapers and magazines. Her first novel What Love Sees was published in 1988. Her other novels include Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, Life Studies, The Forest Lover, Lisette's List, and Clara and Mr. Tiffany. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including The Missouri Review, Ploughshares, New England Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Connecticut Review. She died after heart surgery on August 23, 2017 at the age of 71. (Bowker Author Biography) näytä vähemmän

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Fictional biography of Artemisia Gentileschi
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Docent-MFAStPete | 41 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 27, 2024 |
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Docent-MFAStPete | 25 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 27, 2024 |
I read this after finishing Jonathan Lopez's book about the real Vermeer forger, thinking it would make a good follow-up. And it did. I have read two other of Vreeland's books and I liked both of those a lot (The Luncheon of the Boating Party and The Passion of Artemisia). I was a bit disappointed in this one. I didn't feel it was as good, there were parts that seemed too unbelievable to connect to, so I felt I was reading something false, whereas her other two books both felt very real and I very much enjoyed losing myself in them.… (lisätietoja)
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dvoratreis | 93 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 22, 2024 |
I didn't love it but I didn't hate it. Things were a bit confusing at first until I figured out the rhythm of the book. Vreeland is writing on a timeline spanning hundreds of years but she begins at the end and works backwards. I did not like this method at all and was frustrated that there wasn't a clear changing of hands between time periods---it made it hard to see these as connected stories surrounding this one painting. Instead, it seemed like I was reading a disconnected collection of short stories. It also would have been so nice to have dates at the beginning of each chapter to help imagine the setting. Instead, by the time I had the approximate decade figured out, the story was over. I also would have liked to see her interview at the beginning of the book as a forward. This would have explained some things and helped set the tone for an otherwise convoluted bunch of stories. These things made it very difficult to connect with these stories.

I do give Vreeland very high marks for research though. Everything from early 18th century drainage mills to Erasmus to pigeon keeping was described in satisfactory detail.

I did love the last two stories, though the "mystery" she alludes to in her interview was not at all a mystery---it was pretty clear from the beginning of the story who was the true artist.
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classyhomemaker | 93 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Dec 11, 2023 |



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