The Tattoo Artist

The Tattoo Artist

by Jill Ciment
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The Tattoo Artist 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book because of the title. I have recently become interested in the art of tattoos. This book is so well written and is told so eloquently that I could not stop reading it. I love the way the story is told through the tattoos. The meanings they have and what she went through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great story about the life of a castaway who returns to the US after 30 years of living with an indigent tribe on a remote island. It's a great quick read for a busy person. It's thought provoking without veering off into darkness. It is very interesting to see how the protagonist is taken into the tribe and made into a member. She is transformed and yet remains different from the other tribesmen. My only complaint is that I would have liked to see more. If more of this story was told, the book might have been the type I'd never forget.
The_Dragons_Roost More than 1 year ago
Stories told primarily in flashback either work or they fail spectacularly.  I am pleased to state that The Tattoo Artist succeeds. The main character, Sara, has returned to New York after decades of living on an island in the South Pacific.  While there, she had been tattooed with the important events of her life until most of her body is covered.  These tattoos are used as a framing device for the story, much like Bradbury's Illustrated Man.  However, in this instance the ink tells the story of her life.  We flashback to 1930s New York where Sara is living the life of a Bohemian artist.   I do not want to say much more than that for fear of spoiling one of the memorable scenes (of which there are many).  There are moments of intense joy and heart rending sadness.  The reader follows Sara as she changes, redefining herself and her concepts of family, friendships, and home. Beautifully written and crafted, The Tattoo Artist is a brilliant novel which has been enshrined on my To Read Again shelf.
JacobAustin20 More than 1 year ago
Jake Austin This book was a great, fun, quick read. I read it for a project I was doing for school but at the end I was reading it because I was enjoying. It was very interesting too because tattoos were not very widely accepted in the 70’s and definitely not in pre WWII era New York. One of the things I enjoyed very much about it was how an avant-garde artsy couple was marooned on a Pacific tribes island and how they made the vast transition and how the main character was eventually accepted into the culture. Another thing that was also helpful is how the main character viewed her tattoos and herself, a living tapestry. This helped me understand the reasons people get tattooed and the spiritual connection they have with it. Another thing that was interesting was how the culture the antagonist came from and ended up in couldn’t have been more different, but she adapted and was accepted. Overall a very fun and interesting read that I also found very helpful.
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