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The Forgery of Venus: A Novel Paperback – Bargain Price, March 10, 2009
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“Ingenious...The author owns his subject matter and packs it with well-researched details, making this...a successful, suspenseful examination of insanity, forgery and reality.” (Chicago Sun-Times )
“(An) imaginative novel of psychological suspense.” (Boston Globe )
“Michael Gruber’s new thriller, THE FORGERY OF VENUS, is as layered as a luminous portrait by an old master. A tour-de-force combination of suspense and characterization, as well as a primer on the world of art and art forgery.” (Seattle Times )
“Gruber writes passionately and knowledgeably about art and its history--and he writes brilliantly about the shadowy lines that blur reality and unreality. Fans of intelligent, literate thrillers will be well rewarded.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review) )
“Irresistible. Fast, Frightening and, as usual, richly imagined.” (Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review) )
“Gruber writes thrillers for smart people. This novel is about art and creativity. That sounds lofty, but Gruber gives it humor and heart. The ensuing drama, involving a forgery believed to be the work of Diego Velazquez, keeps you on your toes.” (Arizona Republic )
“Gruber is on a roll…[a] terrific art-historical thriller…a perfect place to get lost for a few days. Once again, Gruber mines a popular vein and strikes gold.” (Booklist (starred review) )
“Smart and literate. Gruber approaches art with obvious appreciation, and has woven a clever story with plenty of detail.” (Wichita Eagle )
“A quick and sharp romp through the art world. Downright delicious.” (Seattle Post-Intelligencer )
“Gruber writes with a deft hand, creating a fallen hero who is likeable despite his faults.” (Library Journal )
“This is an art lover’s dream. Mystery and obsession are textured with art history in a plot that explores not only the shifting nature of art, but also the complex nature of identity. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel )
“Michael Gruber’s large and growing number of fans won’t be disappointed with his sixth novel, a thriller in the art history vein. He’s woven a tale within a tale within a tale, all filled with marvelous twists and turns that build suspense and heighten the mystery until the satisfying conclusion.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram )
“This terrific art thriller has history, thieves, insider snippets and a convoluted plot to keep you guessing.” (Toronto Globe and Mail )
“THE FORGERY OF VENUS is the latest in Gruber’s series of amazing books. He has applied his deft touch to everything from Shakespeare to shamanism, yielding a finely drawn portrait of an engrossing world every time.“ (New Orleans Times-Picayune )
“Michael Gruber giv(es) us a finale in which the excitement level is high because we don’t know who, if anyone, to trust. It’s a satisfying conclusion, one that will leave readers debating the morality of Wilmot’s final decision.” (Tampa Tribune )
“Stunning...utterly unique, and breathtakingly original. It’s one of those novels you want to press upon your friends, fully confident that it will not disappoint. It’s a tour de force performance from Gruber, and a novel worthy of considerable attention.” (Edmonton Journal (Canada) )
“Michael Gruber has created a first-rate thriller that throws the reader into the art world, past and present.” (Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia )
Top Customer Reviews
What follows is a finely crafted, intricately woven novel of psychological suspense that I found completely absorbing. While at certain stages I felt that I could have used an art history lesson to get full enjoyment out of the book -- and I'm sure that readers with more knowledge of art than I have will reap an extra dimension -- ultimately that was beside the point and I found myself thoroughly enjoying the ride I'd signed on for.
With the only other Michael Gruber novel I've read being The Book of Air and Shadows, I will definitely be checking out more of this author's backlist.
Artist Chaz Wilmot has little regard for modern painting technique: "Anyone can do a figure in oils. If you screw up, you just paint over it, and who cares if the paint is half an inch thick. The thing is to catch the life without trying, without any obvious working." When someone says that he's painting like Velásquez, Chaz agrees. "I can paint like anybody except me." So Chaz takes on the challenge of recreating (not restoring) a Tiepolo fresco so successfully no expert can tell the difference. Then, later, he creates a "lost" Venus by Velásquez, while channeling the dead artist--living within the artist in 17th Century Spain and Italy--until he is so mixed up that "I had no idea who I was."
"There were possibilities, I had those,... I might be Chaz Wilmot, hack artist, forger of a painting now hailed as one of the great works of Velásquez, hiding out from criminals. I might be Chaz Wilmot successful New York painter, now insane and under treatment... Or I might be Diego Velásquez, caught in a nightmare. Or some combination. Or someone else entirely. Or maybe this was hell itself. How would I tell?"
So who is he? Does it matter? The transitions from being Wilmot to being Velásquez are so smooth that it takes the reader a moment to realize which one is speaking.Read more ›
So begins a story that becomes so engrossing that the reader is hard pressed to put the book down. Chaz is an artist that can paint in almost any style required. He can duplicate Leonardo, Van Gogh, or any other highly valued artist. His talent though isn't popular today. The art world has basically passed him by. And this is the root of his problem. Chaz is so full of a talent that the world no longer values. As such, Chaz is relegated to doing advertising copy or art for contemporary magazines. Not being that stable in the first place he is driven to drug use and he is, at the beginning The Forgery of Venus, spiraling down to a life he wasn't meant to live.
Enter another college roommate, a successful research MD studying the roots of creativity. Chaz is asked to participate in a clinical study and he agrees. What begins as a benign medical study soon turns into trips into the past that further stretch Chaz' grip on reality. Are they real or imagined? Add to this the chance to go to Italy and recreate a damaged fresco and you have quite a story.
Michael Gruber is a superb writer that spins stories that grab the reader. His reputation as a spinner of tales is well deserved. Coming on the heels of The Book of Air and Shadows, the Forgery of Venus is sure to add to Gruber's reputation.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love a story that disoriented and takes the reader on a ride. Taking two of my favorite forms of time travel and the unreliable narrator and fusing them in a new way. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BookBroke
At his best, Gruber writes with unobtrusive brilliance, and "Forgery" shows him in top form. This is what a thriller should be.Published 1 month ago by Adrian Brunyate
I usually enjoy his work, but this was a bit too cerebral. The story has nightmare overtones to me. I kept thinking back fondly of Butch and Marlene. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Harper
This review pertains to the audiobook. I had hoped for so much more from the story. I majored in art history and greatly enjoyed hearing about Chaz's artistic process and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by dc metro area
This was a very interesting but different novel from what I'm used to but I really enjoyed it. I recommend it to anyone interested in art, history, or simply a good mystery.Published 3 months ago by Lynn F. Weigand
I loved that I was learning a bit of art history while I was reading for enjoyment. Seriously, this book was a delight for anyone interested in art, the author had me guessing to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by bookelsie
I just finished The Forgery of Venus and Gruber knocked it out of the park, again. The Forgery of Venus is a fascinating reflection on authenticity, memory and art wrapped up in a... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nona
Nicely crafted, novel with a few twists and turns. The author creates a story that takes you where you think, but also directions you hadn't really imagined. Read morePublished 7 months ago by YankeeLaker