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Original Essays | September 18, 2014

Lin Enger: IMG Knowing vs. Knowing

On a hot July evening years ago, my Toyota Tercel overheated on a flat stretch of highway north of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A steam geyser shot up from... Continue »
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    The High Divide

    Lin Enger 9781616203757


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The Meaning of Night: A Confession by Michael Cox
The Meaning of Night: A Confession

KELLY WILLIAMS, April 21, 2007

There aren't many books where you empathize with a murderer, but after Edward Glyver kills an innocent stranger and you're drawn into his story, you find yourself strangely hoping he prevails in this Victorian whodunit. If ever there were a rational explanation for revenge, Glyver has it. I found myself looking foward to reading this book each night and genuinely disappointed when I finished it. Although the author says it took him 30 years to write this book, I hope he's more timely with his next endeavor.
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The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles by Martin Gayford
The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Nine Turbulent Weeks in Arles

KELLY WILLIAMS, January 14, 2007

Van Gogh has always been my favorite artist, and I've been fascinated by his relationship with Paul Gaugin. This book describes their nine-week collaboration in Arles in the late 1880s when Gaugin stayed with Van Gogh in "The Yellow House." The book is a fascinating look at how paintings from these two artists evolved during this period.

The author uses information obtained not just from Van Gogh's letters to his brother, Theo, but also correspondence from Gaugin to several individuals; this gives the reader "both sides of the story." It explains the reason (according to the author) that Van Gogh mutilated his earlobe then gave it to one of the prostitutes he knew.

Altogether I couldn't put it down, and would recommend it highly.

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