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The Great Man Paperback – May 13, 2008
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Additionally, the inclusion of the two men writing separate biographies of the great man add tremendously to the story. The obituary and the two reviews at the end act as book ends to the story and add to its unique style. Bravo Ms. Christenson.
When two biographers set out to capture the essence of Oscar Feldman, the theme of this book is immediately apparent; the impossibility of truly capturing the essence of a life. Often the finished work reveals more about the observer than the subject. Oscar and his art are chosen and Christensen does not shy away from exploring reasons and processes that determine how one artist's work becomes elevated over another.
This is an unlikely tale that explores who loves what, why and how. Oscar, the celebrated painter and ostensible center of the universe turns out to be far less fascinating than the many women who adore him. The women are complex, intriguing and old, which is interesting in itself. Some even have the temerity to actually enjoy sex, something I find refreshing, although at least one reviewer disagrees, reflecting society's distaste for the aging - especially women.
Christensen's sense of fun shows in her stylish prose, as does her obvious familiarity with the art scene. Her love of food and detailed settings provide the perfect backdrop for this many charactered, and complex tale. Somehow she manages to keep all these balls in the air, yet I never had to go back to situate myself. I'm looking forward to reading more of her work.
In The Great Man the great Ms. Christensen creates characters who remind us of elderly women and men we have known in real life who have endeared themselves to us in spite of their idiosyncrasies, or perhaps because of them! Ms. Christensen`s characters come alive through a seamless sequence of encounters with each other, as well as intriguing minor characters, all of whom, for one reason or another, are forced to focus on "The Great Man" five years after he has died. Each has his or her own view on the amount of greatness this man possessed while alive.
I was reading this book as I was touring alone in Canada, looking forward to communing with the characters each evening before going to sleep. After finishing the book I began to feel suddenly lonely in my travels, and I finally realized it was because my extraordinary companions were no longer part of my trip! They were now packed away in my luggage, only cherished memories, along with those from Quebec City and Montreal.
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Excellent character development. Knowledgeable art scene..humorous.. Read it in one rainy day. Wasn't sure if it was fiction. Wanted to see their art work.Published 12 months ago by BARBARA
The "Great Man" is an artist who is no longer alive, but is seen through the eyes of the women who have known him and loved him.Published 18 months ago by Vicky Ogle Reinhart
This brush has changed my life! I have mostly straight hair but it can get puffy. Generally my hair looks amazing whena hairdredresser blows it dry. Read morePublished 18 months ago by ilean abiega polverine
I found the characters more interesting in the first 3/4 of the book. The end got hurried and rambling. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tuta
good story line good characters complex emotions good authorPublished 22 months ago by kathy conant
The title is deceptive, or at best ironic., because it's all about the women.
The "great man" is dead, and the women with whom he was involved- mostly his wife, his... Read more
Tight compelling stories of the juicy women behind the really not so great man.Published on July 3, 2014 by David A.
It's is the third book of Kate Christen that I've read. I'm hooked. Kate Christensen has the ability to see the world as it really is, for every character in her book. Read morePublished on July 16, 2013 by David Sumner
Interesting portrayal of women's roles and relationships with each other and men. I wonder how or if these things have changed very much in today's society.Published on May 10, 2013 by Susan McCrary