- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Tyndale Momentum; 1st edition (November 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781496413833
- ISBN-13: 978-1496413833
- ASIN: 1496413830
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 22 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #826,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When Pierre was twelve, his mother took him aside and explained to him that he must no longer go by "Pierre Matisse." Rather, he would take on the last name "Leroy." This confused Pierre immensely. He writes that he felt like his identity had been taken from him. This theme of his lost identity continues on throughout his life story. Throughout his life, Pierre follows in his famous grandfather's footsteps by pursuing art, which helps him face his identity crisis. After the war ends, Pierre continues to face hardships. He pens the stories of these hardships with beautiful honesty.
The Missing Matisse is a raw, honest portrayal of Pierre's life's failures and hardest moments, as well as his life's happiest times. Writing about his childhood, Pierre gives readers a glimpse of how World War II affected the French people. It is interesting to read about World War II from the perspective of a Frenchmen. By writing about his life after the war, Pierre enlightens readers about the realities of recovering from the war and the difficulties of immigrating to North America. Pierre Matisse has lived a fascinating life worth reading about.
You can learn more about Pierre by checking out his Q&A with Tyndale Publishers.
I also recommend that you visit the book's website and click on "tribute" to see some of Pierre's artwork.
I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
This memoir had all the makings of an amazing read. It, however, surprisingly disappointed me. The writing style was unbelievably boring. The author included twice as much information as necessary to make his autobiography interesting. Every childhood memory, whether important to the ''plot'' or not, was included, making the reader confused as to what the purpose of each chapter was.
The writing style is present-tense which, combined with the length of the book makes it an extremely tedious read! The second half of the book is definitely better than the beginning but still not worth the time reading. It is unusual that I have such a bad opinion of an autobiography- especially one about World War II! I am sorry, but I can not give a good rating to this book.
I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.
Aside from the historical content and context I thought the way Pierre suffers after the loss of his identity was the most intriguing aspect of the story. It’s as if the name change sends him into a complete identity crisis.
As the story unfolds we hear about the unusual circumstances of his birth, and why he legally was never considered a Matisse. I think his parents, the Matisse family and some of the Leroy family did him a great injustice. Pierre was stuck in a legal loophole, and despite the fact it remained that way throughout his life because of his legal father, I do think both of his biological parents should have stood up for him. I do take the emotional and violent events of WW2 into consideration, however I do think they owed him a conversation and clarification within his real family.
His whole life is subconsciously steered by this identity crisis and he doesn’t find any kind of inner peace until he turns around and tells the world who he really is.
I’m not sure it would have been the same for a boy from a lesser known family. The name Matisse is synonymous with creativity, passion, colour and the diverse world of art. I think Pierre wants people to acknowledge his own talent and also the long line of creative people he stems from. Most importantly he wants the same acknowledgement from the Matisse family, albeit subconsciously.
It is an interesting read, especially from an historical point of view.
*I received a free copy of this book courtesy of the publisher via Edelweiss.*