Gerard Moyne, an art consultant with a particular passion for J.M.W. Turner, is not an easy character to like. He is bristly and detached, and his difficulty in engaging his emotions extends even towards his precious Turner paintings. Narrator Humphrey Bower gives Gerard a matter-of-fact, precise tone that still manages to express an unacknowledged sense of regret as Gerard falls in love with the spontaneous Julia, only to have their relationship fall apart. Bower's lyrical performance will have listeners spellbound by this poignant love story.
Shadowing their affair is the story of J.M.W. Turner. Known as the Painter of Light, he captured that element within his canvas, as Gerard is captured within the force field of Julia. Her exuberant spontaneity is the opposite of his ordered control, their attraction as mysterious as the workings of art. When it all comes horribly undone, Gerard's perception of life changes profoundly.
Nothing new neither in stye (two story lines in one book) nor in subject (a love story with an unhappy ending). But this modern love story is told in an elegant style and with an observant eye that kept me captivated.
I've never read anything from this author before. But I will look out for more. He certainly has potential!
The narration is well done - the Aussie accent is a nice change!
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If I read this book in print form, my review might be different. It seems as if the author is telling dual stories, juxtaposed throughout the book. But the two stories seem unrelated to a listener, and it is very hard to follow the purpose of the jumps between the two stories. In addition, the sex scenes (there are a number) are very graphic and might be perfectly acceptable in a book on sexual technique, but were completely out of place in this book. In the end, even Humphrey Bower's excellent narration couldn't get me through this novel. I gave up on the book about 3/4s of the way through. It was going nowhere.
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