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A Real Fake

I Was Vermeer: The Rise and Fall of the Twentieth Century's Greatest Forger by Frank Wynne

Reviewed by Alex Danchev
Times Literary Supplement

"This book is a study in the psychology of forgery, enfolded in a fabulous life story. It touches lightly on some large themes, but it is more case history, or curiosity, than muscular inquiry. Like an investigative reporter, Frank Wynne has done the legwork. Unlike so many of his protagonists, he does not parade as an expert. It is the restraint of his account that is impressive. Appropriately enough, I Was Vermeer is not what it seems. It is neither expose nor exposition. It is a moral tale well turned: almost a proverb. It is not new, but it is all true." Read the entire Times Literary Supplement review.

One Response to "A Real Fake"

    Virginia P October 18th, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    What a success. One of my sons also reads your review-a-day and recognized a book his mother would like (for her 75th birthday) He solved a thorny problem, I got a book I hadn't already read, Powells made a sale.

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