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  • Posted January 11, 2010

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    nice story of a great artist

    Rachel is the prostitute to whom Vincent gives his ear when he cuts it off. That is the only historical fact known about her. So the author took this seemingly minor person and spun a story about her relationship with Vincent during his time in Arles, France. Why would Vincent specifically ask for Rachel when he stumbles into the brothel that night? A good question, which the author answers with creativity and imagination.

    The novel is littered with imagery of Vincent's paintings, especially my favorite, "Cafe Terrace at Night". The descriptions are so well written that I could vividly see his paintings in my head and feel emotions that he meant to convey through his art. I no longer have to go to the museum to get lost in his work; I only have to open this book and choose a paragraph.

    This story is an emotional, artistic, whimsical journey through the life of a troubled artist. It makes Vincent a person instead of just a historical figure and gives life also to those who influenced him and loved him. It turns Rachel into something more than just a fille de maison, into a woman who held the heart of the artist. Reading this book was like following the swirls and brushstrokes of Vincent's own art.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    Highly rrcommend.

    A story of Vincent Van Gogh that i had not known about previously. Historical fiction that feels very believable, as it is obviosly very well researched. She uses excerpts from letters written by Vincent's brother that add credbility and believability. I find myself continuing to think about this story, which I consider a hallmark of a good read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2012

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    Almost a historical novel

    Through a fictional romance of Van Gogh and a courtesan from Arles, France, the writer tells us about Van Gogh's life as a painter, his relationship with his brother, his travels, and his struggles with his mental illness.
    Very well written, I was delighted with this book.

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