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ISBN13: 9780452285453
ISBN10: 0452285453
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bkwrm, September 19, 2010 (view all comments by bkwrm)
Today's daily dose reminded me of this book. Tracy Chevalier writes historical fiction beautifully.
She weaves an unforgettable, endearing and touching love story. She also draws us into a time in history
and teaches us the process that went into weaving the tapestry we see in museums today.
I have a new appreciation for the tapestries and the lives of those that wove them.
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FleurDeMar, August 30, 2009 (view all comments by FleurDeMar)
I just finished reading Tracy Chevalier’s fourth novel, The Lady and the Unicorn. It’s the first book I’ve read by this author. The book was just excellent and if I’d had more time, I’m sure I would have had it finished in a day or two. I like the idea of taking works of art and creating a story about it. It sounds like something I’d like to do myself!

The story revolves around the creation of a set of tapestries. From the family who commissions the work, to the artist who creates the beautiful scenes, to the family who skillfully weaves the paintings into reality, each character puts their own special marking into the tapestries in one way or another. Even the Unicorn’s horn becomes like a character with how Nicolas uses it almost like a pick up line! I really love how the author breaks the chapters down, writing about the lives and experiences of a different character in each chapter. I think that is what made the people more real to me.

The book is rich with period detail and I especially enjoyed reading about the weaving process. But mostly, I fell in the love with the characters (and hated the ones who were meant to be hated). Tracy Chevalier made it easy with her writing style and how she was able to give them each something special that made you remember them. I was able to laugh and cry through triumph and despair with them.

To some, Nicolas des Innocents may have been the lead character in the book, but to me, it was always the tapestries. They seemed to breathe and live and tell the story themselves. Really, my only complaint is that the book wasn’t longer. I was sad to see it end. I’d love to read more about the characters, know what others, not associated with the involved parties, thought of the The Lady and Unicorn, how it made them feel and think.

The book is just an all round good read and I totally recommend it. I can’t wait to read my next Tracy Chevalier book.
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Chevalier, Tracy
Plume Books
Historical - General
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.74x5.76x.72 in. .55 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 256 pages Plume Books - English 9780452285453 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]he genuine drama Chevalier orchestrates...and the deft way she herself weaves together each separate story strand, results in a work of genuine power and beauty."
"Review" by , "The story she weaves is as lush as the tapestries she describes, and her colorful characters leap off the page. A romantic, beautiful book."
"Review" by , "Marvelously imagined and sharply constructed, with a good feel for the people and the era: a fascinating portrait of the intersection of life and art."
"Review" by , "[N]otable for its human warmth....Chevalier reminds us that art has the power to illuminate the understanding of those who make it as well as those who view it."
"Review" by , "The Lady and the Unicorn lacks the rarefied elegance and the striving after perfection of the tapestries that inspired it. Instead, without coyness, it presents a spirited tableau of a distant age."
"Synopsis" by , New York Times bestselling author of Girl With a Pearl Earring and Falling Angels, Tracy Chevalier, returns with a fictional explanation to one of the art world's great masterpieces, the Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries, and weaves history and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry of her own.
"Synopsis" by , An extraordinary story exquisitely told, Chevalier's "The Lady and the Unicorn" weaves history and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry that rivals in grace and grandeur the masterpiece that inspired it.
"Synopsis" by ,

A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier’s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world’s great masterpieces—a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unknown—until now.

Paris, 1490.  A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Innocents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house—mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting—before taking his designs north to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries—his finest, most intricate work—on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives—lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who know where to look.

In The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier weaves fact and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry—an extraordinary story exquisitely told.

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