Saturday, 9 May 2015

Art in Fiction

In August, 2011, I wrote about some books that have art as a central theme and I thought I would add two more to the list.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The main character is Theo Decker, a 13 year old boy who loses his mother and survives a devastating incident in NY. He is taken in by some wealthy friends before eventually being taken away and looked after by his feckless father.

The terrible incident has left some legacies, he helps another injured person who urges him to take an action that dominates the rest of his life as he alternates between the criminal underworld and the hallowed world of antique dealing.

At the centre of this story is a painting that has a huge impact on his entire life.

The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes

The story begins in occupied France in 1916, Sophie Lefevre runs the local inn while her painter husband Edouard fights at the front. The occupying forces descend on the inn for their evening meals and the Kommandant is taken with a portrait of Sophie, painted by her husband.

The book suddenly leaps forwards in time to now and the new owner, Liv Halston has to fight to retain ownership of the painting that is now called “The Girl You Left Behind”, a treasured gift from her late husband, as it becomes the subject of a legal fight to return it to the family of Sophie Lefevre.


Jessica P said...

I LOOOOVVVVED the Goldfinch OMG that was one of the best books ever.

The Girl You Left Behind...I have eyed that book and haven't read it...hmmm now maybe i should!

Chris Lally said...

Both sound like great books! I'll pick up "The Girl You Left Behind." "The Goldfinch" has 13 holds at our local library. Well, now it has 14 holds. Thanks, Rolina!

Rolina said...

Jessica, was it Nancy that recommended it? I would say The Goldfinch has got to be one of the best books I have read for about a decade. I totally loved it.

Thanks Chris, I hope you get to the top of the list for The Goldfinch asap, even so, it will be worth the wait!

Win Dinn said...

Both exceptional reads; I love all novels that have art at their core!

Nancy Chan said...

Thank you for sharing about these 2 books. I will have to look out for them here.

Jessica P said...

Rols, I think maybe I told Nance to read it. Can't recall. Anyhow I completely agree about it being one of the best I have read in a decade.

Linda said...

I love the bird image on that first book! :)

Cagley Art said...

Thank you so much for the recommendations - they sound great!

Rolina said...

Thanks Win, I love books with an art theme too - and movies.

Nancy, I hope you enjoy them, I am sure the Donna Tartt one will be available, at least.

Jessica, that rings a bell now, I think I vaguely remember Nancy saying that. It was a great recommendation!

Linda, I have to confess to actually judging books by their covers!

Connie, I hope you get a chance to read them!

Thanks for stopping by everyone, glad there are as many book lovers as there are art lovers visiting!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

I think I am in the minority, I couldn't seem to get into reading The Goldfinch and I did try since everyone praises it, but guess its not for me

Rolina said...

Oh Jennifer, give it another go if you can, it is worth getting through the first chapter or two, I find the beginning very slow, but once it got going, boy-oh-boy, it was great!

Jennifer Rose Phillip said...

might give it another shot once I finish the ones I am reading now, hate not finishing a book (even tho I haven't finished 2 already this year :p)

Kim Rempel said...

I adored The Goldfinch! Such a good, meaty read! I will look for The Girl You Left Behind. Thanks!

Rolina said...

Yay, Kim, another Goldfinch fan - meaty is a great way to describe it!