In the city of lights, Paris, the art capital of the world, how can one man stand above the rest?
Ever since young Sebastian heard of his grandfather's chance meeting with the great Victor Hugo in 1877, he had been interested in literature, paintings, and poetry. Wandering around various libraries and museums at an early age only stirred that curiosity into an immense passion within him, a deep love and desire for art. After realizing his dream of opening a gallery in the Le Marais district of Paris, Sebastian faces one hurdle after another. Bad luck, Betrayal, revenge, and fierce competition carry him to the verge of total collapse and failure, but through it all, one question remained: How much of his life would Sebastian sacrifice for art, his first true love?
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About the Author
Ahmad Ardalan is a two-time cancer survivor. He was born in Baghdad in 1979. At the age of two, he moved with his parents to Vienna, Austria, where he spent most of his childhood and underwent his primary studies. After his father's diplomatic mission finished at the end of 1989, he returned to Iraq, where he continued his studies and graduated from the University of Dentistry. As a result of the unstable political, military, social, and economic conditions in his home country, Ahmad decided to leave Iraq and move to the UAE. After facing difficulties to pursue his career in dentistry, he opted to pursue employment in the business world. Since then, Ardalan has held several senior roles within the pharmaceutical and FMCG industries, throughout much of the Middle East. His early childhood in a mixed cultural environment, as well as his world travels, increased his passion for learning about cultures of the world and inspired him to pen The Clout of Gen, his first novel. After eleven years of being away, Ahmad returned to Baghdad in January 2013 on a visit that was full of mixed emotions. Inspired by his trip to Iraq, he wrote his second novel, The Gardener of Baghdad. He did not stop there, as "Matt" his latest Short Story Thriller Series will be available beginning 2015. The Gardener of Baghdad, opened readers’ eyes to a different picture of the city they had heard of. With hope and love as his message, Ardalan released Baghdad: The Final Gathering, and followed it by The Boy of the Mosque.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The art collector of Le Marais is a fictional drama set in Paris where artists and paintings are inspired, romance is in the air and the city never sleeps. The story begins with Sebastian and his passion for paintings, poetry, and Paris. He opens an art gallery in Le Marais, which is where the story picks up following many downfalls and fiascoes. The story felt dark and twisted even though I was expecting a softer and more romantic story. Lies, betrayals, and problems take over Sebastian’s life and he has to make serious decisions about what direction he wishes to take. How much can one truly sacrifice for a dream? I loved how Sebastian’s personality grew with the story. This did fit well with the plot and made it more enjoyable. The character was bright and emotional. I particularly enjoyed the descriptive nature of the setting. While I felt that art was the love aspect of the story, the concept of the approach could have added a little more complexity. The literature was standard and intriguing until the end.
Art is love and love is Paris and this tale explores one man's devotion to the beauty of art in the City of Light in the area known as The Marsh. Sebastian suffers and grows and the reader becomes a viable part of his life. I truly loved it. Whether you explore the area online before or after reading The Art Collector, it will definitely enhance your appreciation of it. www.airbnb.com/locations/paris/le-marais