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Pamela Barrett has commented on (3) products.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Pamela Barrett, June 18, 2012

Rachel Joyce is a wonderful storyteller. It takes a talented author to use a simple story premise and keep your interest from start to finish. Her background in acting and as a play writer for BBC might have something to do with it, because she gives us characters that seem like neighbors and friends.

In a nutshell, Harold Fry receives a letter from Queenie, a woman he worked with years ago. Queenie has terminal cancer and is in a hospice care facility. Harold intends to write his condolences, and instead of mailing the letter starts walking to see her in person, leaving his wife at home wondering where he went. Queenie is across England, six hundred miles away, and Harold who has never hiked, is wearing yachting shoes and a light jacket. This story is about all those unspoken words we mean to say someday, and the words we wish we’d never said. I’m glad I joined Harold on this journey; it’s a metaphorical walk we should all take. Hope this becomes a movie. 5 stars.
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An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
An Object of Beauty

Pamela Barrett, March 9, 2012

Our storyteller, Daniel Franks, met Lacey Yeager when they were in college, where they bonded over their interest in art. He follows his art passion by writing art reviews for magazines and newspapers while she immerses herself in the world of buying and selling art: gleaning lessons as she works her way up from the basement of Sotheby’s and from behind the scenes of glamorous New York Galleries. Young and beautiful, Lacey is also smart, shrewd, and cunning in her climb to the top. She learns the ropes quickly, and Daniel, who has always been under her spell, follows her every move.

This novel is an insider’s look at the art world as told in a way that only Steve Martin could tell��"art history as a soap opera, never boring his tidbits about the artists and their creations are spot on. I spent hours asking my artist husband about these insights which he verified by dragging out books of specific paintings and artist bios. I would love to recommend it to students everywhere, but for one thing: the amount of sexual content is too much. One of my favorite quotes was “She understood that while a collector’s courtship of a picture was ostensibly romantic, at its root was lust.” Lust is part of the art world; too many artists slept with their models, each other and gallery owners over the centuries, but I think that he went a little overboard with descriptions of Lacey’s promiscuity. The details of her affairs had me skipping pages (TMI Steve) the title could have also been “Lust of the Eyes, and Lust of the Flesh.” I’m giving Object of Beauty 4 stars for the writing, story, and all the art education.
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The Muse of Edouard Manet by M. Clifford
The Muse of Edouard Manet

Pamela Barrett, January 28, 2011

This is one of my favorite books. I've told everyone that loves reading, that this is a great read. Mystery,time travel, romance,artists and a touch of action...truly fun.
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