The Painter - a book recommendation

I've just finished reading a most interesting book. Funny how you get so immersed in a book and you just want a happy end for the characters.

It's called The Painter, by Will Davenport. It skips between two story lines. The (imagined) story of, old and down on his luck, Rembrandt staying at a manor in Hull where he paints some portraits and is involved in some kind of menage à trois. And the present day where a young woman is participating in the restoration work on the manor. She and a worker there find clues hinting at the possibility of Rembrandt being there. All the while some kind of relationship is developing between them.

It's really well written, the language makes me wish I was a writer! It has a bit of everything; the romantic bit, the historical fiction, a murder mystery (dun-dun-DUN!), art history.

It may not be true that Rembrandt went to England, apparently he was quite the stick in the mud, but you sure do wish that this great story was more than just fiction! I have barely been able to put the book down since I started reading it, and to think I almost didn't pick it up at the library! And I think it's one of those books that are going to stay in my mind for a while.

Wednesday, October 12, 2005 posted by Wardi @ 10:14 AM