Ahh. It is finally Friday! I am excited. Since it’s Friday, it’s time for Book Club Friday which means I am linking up with Heather and Katie!!
Today I am reviewing:
Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life–solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver and toward a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism. Ranging from American museums to the coast of Normandy, from the late nineteenth century to the late twentieth, from young love to last love, The Swan Thieves is a story of obsession, the losses of history, and the power of art to preserve human hope.
I picked this book up at Barnes and Noble. It was in the Bargain Books section — best section ever! When I went to check out, the cash register lady said it was one of her favorites and then asked if I knew anything about art. I do not. At all. I can go to a museum and appreciate it, but I don’t know artists or anything like that. That intimidated me a bit, but I plugged on anyways with this book.
I actually really enjoyed The Swan Thieves. It wasn’t completely about artists and the author did a great job of making her writing flow like the painting she was trying to describe. The main character, Andrew, was interesting in that he really wanted to help his patient Robert who had tried to attack a painting. We don’t know why he wanted to attack this particular painting and Andrew doesn’t either. He has to travel to France to really understand what happened to cause Robert so much anxiety and while on his journey, he learns about himself and that he doesn’t want to live life alone.
I give this book 4/5 stars.
What are you reading?