This book came up as a Kindle Deal recently ($1.99) and after reading the blurb, I thought ‘what the heck?’ It doesn’t fall into any of my research categories, but sometimes I just like to read a book. For the most part, I liked the novel and would most likely recommend it to others. Unfortunately, while reading, I found myself comparing it to Donna Tartt’s infinitely superior The Goldfinch.
Pros? Interesting and creative story. Tons of well researched information about the art process, history and location. A good grasp of taking a visual medium (art) into the written form (literature). Some wonderful quotes about the creative process. I wouldn’t be surprised if this novel had been optioned for film adaptation.
Cons? Far too much detail. Repetition of ideas. A sense of ‘just get on with it’ already. A protagonist who gets absolutely torched not once, but twice by the men in her life. A underdeveloped and inaccessible main character with a storyline that was bumpy. I found myself skimming major chunks of chapters to get to where the action was finally moving.
Honestly, on a scale of 1-5, I would give the book a 3.
Have you read the book? What are your thoughts?