Empire of Light

Empire of Light


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ISBN-13: 9780615503196
Publisher: Simon and Fig
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Pages: 326
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.73(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

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Empire of Light 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
ceavesy More than 1 year ago
I had so much fun reading this book. If you are a lover of film, art and history you will love traveling with Jason Tisse as he searches for the works of his favorite painter, Caravaggio, with his magical Brownie camera. Travel with Jason from Cleveland to Naples and witness his favorite Caravaggio paintings come to life. It's a humorously told story peppered with sex, violence and religion. Buy the book and enjoy the ride.
ShakerKid3378 More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to get my hands on an advance copy of this book and I read it in a fairly short period of time because I literally couldn't put it down. Every time I went to put it down, the author throws you headlong into the next part of the story and you find yourself unable to tear away for fear that you're going to miss something, which may seem ridiculous because it is a book, but the story is just that compelling. Gregory Earls may be new to the literary game, but his style puts you at ease in an instant and the book feels more like a conversation with an old friend who is telling you a great story from his life. The story is a wonderful blend of fantasy and reality, with a good dose of the author's unique brand of sharp wit. The book takes you along for an incredible ride and although some of the concepts come obviously from a highly creative, intelligent mind, the book is accessible to any reader regardless of how limited their knowledge of Art, History or Filmmaking might be. So like I said, do yourself a favor and pick this one up..you'll love it!
LucieSimone More than 1 year ago
This book is one madcap ride through the world of film, art, and magic as seen through the eyes of Jason Tisse, a black cinematography student who embarks on a tour of Europe to follow in the footsteps of his master teacher, baroque artist Caravaggio. Gifted with an enchanted vintage camera, Jason unwittingly unleashes all the drama, sex, violence and humor depicted on the canvases of his idol, Caravaggio, and sets off on a journey of self-discovery that leads him from the churches of Rome to the back alleys of Naples. Written in first person, present tense narrative, the author's voice is strong, vibrant, and laced with laugh-out-loud hilarity. The reader is sucked in to Jason's world, careening along with him as he finds the courage within himself to follow after his dreams. I really loved this book. It was funny, moving, and even educational! Gregory Earls does a wonderful job of capturing the images and the impact of Caravaggio's work. After reading this, I was compelled to look up the artist's work and found that the author's descriptions were not only bang on, but gave much more meaning to the artwork than if I had discovered it on my own. The author tackles issues of courage, race, sex, and success with such aplomb and humor that I found myself engrossed in the story from page one! I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun, adventurous romp through the worlds of film, art, and history with a little travel memoir to boot.