How to Paint a Dead Man

How to Paint a Dead Man

by Sarah Hall


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061430459
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Series: P.S. Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Sarah Hall was born in 1974 in Cumbria, England. She received a master of letters in creative writing from Scotland's St. Andrews University and has published four novels. Haweswater won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (overall winner, Best First Novel) and a Society of Authors Betty Trask Award. The Electric Michelangelo was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Eurasia Region), and the Prix Femina Étranger, and was longlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Daughters of the North won the 2006/07 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and the James Tiptree Jr. Award, and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for science fiction. How to Paint a Dead Man was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and won the Portico Prize for Fiction. In 2013 Hall was named one of Granta's Best Young British Novelists, a prize awarded every ten years, and she won the BBC National Short Story Award and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.


Charlotte, North Carolina, USA and Carlisle, Cumbria, UK

Date of Birth:

January 6, 1974

Place of Birth:

Carlisle, Cumbria, UK


B.A., The University of Wales, Aberystwyth; M.A. in Creative Writing, St. Andrews University, Scotland

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How to Paint a Dead Man 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
kidzdoc on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book consists of four intertwined stories, involving a dying and famous Italian landscape artist, a young girl who has recently become blind and was tutored by the artist, a famous artist from Cumbria who was influenced by the Italian artist, and his daughter, whose twin brother recently died in a tragic accident. Each story comprised a separate chapter, and the writing was wonderful. Each story became more intriguing and nail biting, and the structure of the book created a lot of tension, as I found myself wondering what was going to happen to the blind girl while I was reading about the Cumbrian artist's mishap, and how he was going to extricate itself from it. To say too much more at this point would be a bit of a spoiler. I will say that I loved the ride with Sarah Hall, but I'm not yet sure where we went.
deliriumslibrarian on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Yawn, frankly. I've read all of Sarah Hall's books, and each time I pick one up I'm seduced by her abilities with language, only to realise she has nothing to say. This book has some fine writing about Cumbria, as does The Carhullan Army, but otherwise nothing going for it. She enjoys using the word "scrotum" to gesture to her attempt to inhabit a male sensibility but that's as deep as it goes. Pastiche John Berger, frankly, and Berger at his "all women are just reflections of men's pain" worst. I can totally see why this has been longlisted for the Booker: it has Literary Fiction smeared all over it, while being totally conventional in its sensibilities and narrative structure: it's yet another book where all the women can do is talk about men (who rape/impregnate/ignore/die on them). Punitively dull.
idiotgirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Kindle. I would recommend reading the book for its title alone. But it is a fine book. Four separate characters and narrative lines. Some first person, others not. Connections but in some cases indirect. The timelines for each character are very straightforward, but with some memories and flashbacks. The individual stories take place at different points in times. So the connections are indirect. A very interesting book. Definitely recommend. Not for someone who only reads thrillers. But I do read thrillers and this is still a very fine book.
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grumpydan More than 1 year ago
"How to Paint a Dead Man" by Sarah Hall is the story of four artists, seemly unrelated until you delve into the story and find the connections. Each story takes place in different times and different locations with different narratives. At first, I was a little confused, but as I continued to read I began to understand Hall's writing which is highly ambitious.