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... to my grandson, Armon Hurt, I leave my house in Ronda, Spain and the uncertainty of its contents. May he discover his belonging.

From the last will and testament of Rafael Hurtago

So begins Nick Bantock's latest novel, in which readers are invited to delve into the journal of Armon Hurt, a sad, discontented man who discovers his inner fire. When his artist grandfather dies, leaving him the family home in Spain, Armon travels to Andalusia with the intention of selling the ...

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... to my grandson, Armon Hurt, I leave my house in Ronda, Spain and the uncertainty of its contents. May he discover his belonging.

From the last will and testament of Rafael Hurtago

So begins Nick Bantock's latest novel, in which readers are invited to delve into the journal of Armon Hurt, a sad, discontented man who discovers his inner fire. When his artist grandfather dies, leaving him the family home in Spain, Armon travels to Andalusia with the intention of selling the property. Once there, however, he finds a sealed cardboard case containing a small oil painting and a surreal booklet.

As he examines these mysterious artifacts, Armon realizes that he is holding both his grandfather's last communication to him and a puzzle. He begins to decipher the conundrum, and as each new answer leads to more questions, Armon finds himself painting furiously in his grandfather's old studio strangely compelled to create a picture that is somehow linked to his legacy.

Featuring paintings, drawings, collages and paper foldouts, this in no ordinary novel. Captivatingly imagined and genuinely memorable in its deeply personal account of a man in search of himself, The Forgetting Room is a handmade treasure, a seamless blend of artistry and language and a tantalizing read.

Pop-up faces of Robin Hood, Little John, Marion, Friar Tuck, the Sheriff of Nottingham, and King Richard illustrate this rhyming story of the outlaw known as Master Hood.

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The high production values of Bantock's latest—with its thick paper, wide margins, and inviting typeface—can't compensate for a weak narrative and often generic-looking illustrations. Bantock mistakes stilted diction for philosophic seriousness in this fable about an artist's discovery of himself.

Presented as a journal of an eight-day visit to Spain, the slim story records the trippy musings of Armon Hurt, a New England bookbinder who must settle the estate of his recently deceased grandfather, an artist who retired to his native Ronda after years of exile in Switzerland. Disappointed to discover that his grandfather gave away all his work, Armon focuses on his legacy—a small box with a tiny painting and clues to a "surrealist game." Six questions lead him to various further clues: an 8mm film of his grandparents, some marked passages from Garcia Lorca, bits and scraps of paper from the grandfather's studio. At the same time, Armon begins a drawing of his own, recalling from childhood all his grandfather's prescriptions about art. Bantock re-creates Armon's work-in-progress, from its origin as a realist sketch of an ancient ruin to its final incarnation as a collage triptych. Rather than leave his grandson with mere paintings, Rafael Hurtago (the family's name before Armon's father shortened it on arrival in America) managed to inspire his grandson to create for himself. That's the point of the game—for Armon to express himself, to connect with the "duende" (or spirit) of the Andalusian earth. Once Armon abandons his "tightly held sense of order and composition," he discovers his true inheritance, a "desire to paint." He also restores his full family name.

Armon's final artwork, meant to justify his long personal journey, is actually less impressive than his first drawing—in keeping with Bantock's also ponderous style with its New Ageish idioms that ultimately recall Chopra more than Lorca.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780670849895
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/28/1993
  • Pages: 12
  • Product dimensions: 20.00 (w) x 20.00 (h) x 20.00 (d)

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