Very well -written and excellent descriptions with very thorough research. If you love art history this is a must, however if not well versed in Impressionism some of the story line may not be as interesting.
After The Historian, I was expecting much, much more, in terms of plot, character development, atmosphere, and general interestingness. What a disappointment! Give it a pass!
I really enjoyed her first book, the Historian, and so I purchased this one as well. I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed the art aspect to it. But it was very similar to the Historian in one way, the ending. Kostova has a tendency to wrap up the endings too quickly, none of the extended detail you expect after dedicating all of this time to a story. You can always find 5 or 10 questions left un-answered. This happens to be one of my biggest pet peeves in books. Without taking that into account, this is a beautifully written (minus the ending) and imaginative book. If you were a fan of the Historian you will like this. If your an Artist who studied Art history, you will probably love it.
I recommend it, but be forewarned about the ending.
I loved it almost as much as The Historian. It is completely different. Incredible characters and as detailed and rich as any painting. Totally worth the credits.
This book was gripping from the beginning. The author is definitley very skilled. The narrative very good and the descriptive sense very high. A crescendo then a terible weak ending. One expected so much more! The grand finale was very deceiving.
I enjoyed the story and its premise; however Treat Williams was a huge disappointment, using a very dry sing-song voice. I would have thought an actor would do a better job. I was however very engaged in the female readers stories.
This book was full of it's self and tedious. There was no point to reading it. Much of it was written in letters which no one would write to a stranger. It was an art history lesson written as fiction - yuk!
I loved the Historian and was surprised when this book came out to see it was not a continuation of the theme in Kostova's first book. I started this book and was captivated by the first chapter with Dr. Marlowe speaking. I have not finished the book so perhaps this is a premature review. I was looking forward to the conversation with the painter's ex-wife read by Ann Heche. When she began the narrative of her life I was appalled to realize this was supposed to be a conversation with Dr. Marlowe. I felt the narrator was reading trying to finish it a quick as possible the voice and delivery conflict with description of the nature of the ex-wife. I turned it off my player and put on music I am listening to this while painting a room in my home. I purchased the hard cover book and have decided to read the parts I have found unpleasant to listen to. This decision is slowing the progress of my room re-do down greatly I enjoy listening to a book while doing this activity. I will try and update my review upon completion of the book.