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Renato the Painter based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
They say an unexamined life is not worth living, and so at 70 years of age, Renato Stillamare is about to put his life under the microscope. Renato begins his tale with the day he was found on the steps of Fidèle and Bianca’s home. Renato takes us on his journey, from a young boy who fell in love with art to his lustful teenage years where he meets the woman who will one day become his wife. Fast forward to the present. Renato now lives in his studio across town from his wife. When the daughter of an old friend shows up at his doorstep with her son and a face full of piercings, his life becomes even more complicated, and all he really wanted to do was paint. Renato, the Painter is an engaging character study of one man’s attempt to live out his days doing what he loves. Author Eugene Mirabelli writes beautiful descriptions with the skill of a master painter. He has created a character that is deep, frustrating and ultimately very human. The predicaments that Renato manages to find himself in shows us an old man with a youthful spirit that may have missed some vital life lessons on his journey. His story is paired with well-rounded characters and will leave the reader with lots to think about as they contemplate their future or even their past. While the book is very well written and intriguing, it is a slow read. I felt that there were sections that could have been left out or shortened without taking away from the overall theme or feel of the book. Even with these lulls, the book is exceptional, and I would strongly recommend it to lovers of memoirs or art. (This book was provided to Compulsion Reads for review by the book's publisher.)