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The Painter of Battles: A Novel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
The Painter of Battles: A Novel

Rowena, June 10, 2008

Arturo Perez-Reverte has garnered acclaim for his previous novels such as The Seville Communion, The Queen of the South, and the Captain Alatriste historical series. Now, with The Painter of Battles, he has witten a novel which involves the reader in a story of war, love and revenge, and also in art and history. Andre Faulques was a combat photographer, winner of awards for his shots of wars from Africa to Bosnia. Then he quit, moved to a tower on the Spanish coast, and began to paint a mural covering centuries of warfare. Now a man enters his life,a subject of one of his photos of Bosnia, and announces he is going to kill Faulques at some point. As they get to know each other they talk of wars, of the painting, of the man's dead wife and son. But Faulques thinks often of the love of his life, who went with him into the wars, who took her own pictures. This is a stunning, beautifully written book, to be reread.
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The Night Following by Morag Joss
The Night Following

Rowena, March 22, 2008

A homeless woman walks the streets, remembering. A spill on the seat of her husband's car, a search for a tissue, and she finds a condom wrapper.Driving home she hits and kills a bicycling woman, picks up the woman's scattered papers and drives away. The story unfolds.The bereft husband, who knows little about his wife's writing until he begins to read the novel she has written. the parallel story of the killer who becomes another person.
Morag Joss, author of Puccini's Ghost and other gripping novels, has done it again.
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The Glass Castle: A Memoir

Rowena, July 3, 2007

I can't rate this honestly. First, I think Jeannette Wells is an excellent writer, very clear eyed. But having grown up poor, though not quite in her circumstances, I think this story appeals to generations who have never known poverty. They look at a world they only know at a distance, where they can close the book and look back on lives untouched by the reality of Well's story. I admire her for a survivor, but thisz is a world I know too well.
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