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Posted December 9, 2008
In 1890 an ailing Vincent van Gogh arrives at Auvers-sur-Oise, France seeking help from homeopathic Dr. Gachet. The artist finds an odd household awaits him as the widower physician has two children, twenty years old suppressed daughter Marguerite and a younger brother of no consequence to Vincent. The child also has governess Madame Chevalier, whom van Gogh assumes is the doctor¿s mistress. Finally, Chevalier¿s adult daughter Louise-Josephine joins the mix. --- A talented pianist Marguerite finds a connection to van Gogh as she would love to escape her gilded cage and see the world. She thinks the frail van Gogh might be her ticket. The painter also likes the youthful enthusiasm of the young woman and asks her father if he can paint her. Obtaining permission, he begins a series of paintings that depict a girl becoming a woman but also emphasizes her loneliness. As they begin a tryst, he tells her he cannot marry her, but gives her a painting of her to keep before her father realizes what is happening and locks her way not long afterward van Gogh killed himself. --- This historical fiction actually centers more on Marguerite than on van Gogh with the premise being that she was his muse during his last seventy days of life, in which he provided an extraordinary explosion of masterpieces. The story line is intriguing however, the support cast (including van Gogh) comes across as more fascinating and fuller than the lead protagonist. Still the vivid colorful look at the final days brings the era to life along with some insight into the demons eating at the artist. Readers of biographical fiction will enjoy this account of the LAST VAN GOGH from the perspective of his final inspiration. --- Harriet Klausner
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Posted April 19, 2013
I really liked this story. It was an easy, quick read with believable characters and a good story line. It could've been even longer with more depth to the story, though. I recommend it. Would be a great summer read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 10, 2008
Outstanding period piece about the last 3 months of Van Gogh's life.
Wonderful story about Van Gogh and the parallel story of the young woman he admired and maybe loved. Refreshing look at the final 70 days or so of Van Gogh's life and the secretive home he was brought into to receive care. Great long weekend book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.