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Winner of the Orange Award for New Writers, 2009
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Unfortunately this book just wasn’t for me – I’m not a big art lover and rarely read biographies. If this had been a real biography then it would have been OK, but I just don’t see the point of a fictional one – I was bored throughout. Very little happened and her life seemed very ordinary to me.
The fact it was written in the style of a biography meant that I was distanced from the character and so failed to develop any emotional connection with her. Any attempt to guess at her feelings just annoyed me, as I don’t think it is really possible to know what someone else is thinking and so I’m afraid this book went further downhill, the more I read.
It was a quick, easy read and the writing was poetic in places, but I’m afraid I just didn’t care.
If you love art and gentle prose then I’m sure you’ll love this book, but it was just too ‘still’ for me.
I have seen lots of positive reviews for this book, so if you’ve read it:
Why did you love it?
Do you enjoy fictional biographies?