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Van Gogh by Pascal Bonafoux

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Summary from Goodreads

The artistic career of Vincent Van Gogh streaks across the history of modern art like a flashing comet. When Van Gogh arrived in Paris in 1886, at the apogee of the Impressionist revolution, he associated with Pissarro, Cezanne, Signac, Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Bernard, and explored with them such new forms of painting as divisionism and cloisonnism. But Vincent, fascinated though he was by Gauguin, knew that he carried within himself a message, a genius, that was his alone. He left Paris and in a few years - he was to commit suicide four years later - in Arles, in the psychiatric asylum of Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, near Saint-Remy-de-Provence, and finally at Auvers-sur-Oise, he accomplished his life's immense work. 

The Starry Night has enjoyed immense popularity. It's on Barbie dresses, and sneakers, and mugs, and tile mosaics and cakes. And I can see why. I was enthralled by it the first time I was introduced to an image of it. It's a beautiful, chaot…

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

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Summary from Goodreads:

Beneath the towering bleached ribs of a dead, ancient beast lies the city of New Crobuzon, where the unsavory deal is stranger to no one--not even to Isaac, a gifted and eccentric scientist who has spent a lifetime quietly carrying out his unique research. But when a half-bird, half-human creature known as the Garuda comes to him from afar, Isaac is faced with challenges he has never before encountered. Though the Garuda's request is scientifically daunting, Isaac is sparked by his own curiosity and an uncanny reverence for this curious stranger. Soon an eerie metamorphosis will occur that will permeate every fiber of New Crobuzon--and not even the Ambassador of Hell will challenge the malignant terror it evokes.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

Perdido Street Station opens with a prologue that is very verbose, describing the filth and squalor of New Crobuzon. It's not just the prologue, China Mieville lays it on thick for the most part. Perhaps too thick, that you…

Love Walked In by Marissa de los Santos

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Summary from Goodreads: "When Martin Grace enters the hip Philadelphia coffee shop Cornelia Brown manages, her life changes forever. But little does she know that her newfound love is only the harbinger of greater changes to come. Meanwhile, across town, Clare Hobbs--eleven years old and abandoned by her erratic mother--goes looking for her lost father. She crosses paths with Cornelia while meeting with him at the café, and the two women form an improbable friendship that carries them through the unpredictable currents of love and life."

What I found enjoyable about Love Walked In is the crispness and clarity of the voices employed in storytelling (although the initial Cornelia chapters felt too long winded). And the alternating narratives of Claire and Cornelia indicated that this isn't your usual romance novel, you know, the one where they trace the path from meet cute to falling in love to happily ever after. The focal point isn't even romantic love, not entirely,…

March Required Reading: 2015

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February 2015 Required Reading Report:

1. Love Walked In by Marissa de los Santos - (3/5 Stars) Enjoyed the alternating narration and how it ended up not focusing on romantic love, not entirely.

2. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville - (5/5 Stars) I feel bludgeoned after reading this. No, I feel like I took some dreamshit after reading this, and then bludgeoned.

March 2015 Required Reading:

1. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy - This is TFG's book of the month and it's shaping to be a bit of a sombre read, but an enthralling  one. (Task 7: A book that takes place in Asia)

2. Van Gogh by Pascal Bonafoux - This will be my first time to read an art book. And I know nothing about art, but I like looking at Van Gogh's. Bonafoux, a renowed art historian, recounts Vincent's career and his personal life. And most importantly showcases some of his works and their inspirations. Well see how this goes. (Task 4: published by an indie press)

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