Van Gogh, Encore Kindle Edition
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But,I'm having a hard time writing a review that does it justice.
Vincent Van Gogh living in modern times,tries to cope with mental health problems,paints,and rides a Harley!
I'll list a few things I thought about while reading. And after.
1.) The story is very believable and interesting in it's contemporary form.
2.) The dialogue flows right along so that I got caught up, not noticing page turning ! And I didn't have to keep looking back to see who was speaking.
3.) I wondered if the author paints, because the techniques are so well described that I thought he must paint, or is fantastic with research.
4.) The story is very imaginative and works very well with what I thought was Vincent's mental health problem (bi-polar disorder?).
5.) The quality of writing is exceptional in that I could picture everything in my mind without having to concentrate on it.
6.) I thought it to be an unconventional topic that would be popular on many levels,i.e. "alternate reality" type story, et al.
In this work of speculative fiction, John A. Karr portrays the last 18 months of Van Gogh's life in the United States, and presents possibilities of a different future for the troubled, but gifted, artist. Given a different setting and nationality (Van Gogh is Canadian in this book), and a blossoming love with a vivacious woman, Van Gogh gets another chance at life. The book stays true to many facts of Van Gogh's later life- his brother Theo's support, his relationship with Gauguin (including the knife threat and Van Gogh's plan to start an artists' colony), cutting his ear off and offering it to a prostitute, and his battle with mental illness and epilepsy. The author seamlessly and realistically weaves these facts into the new context, creating an engaging read.
At nearly twice the size of the average ebook, this was a page-turner. Descriptive and eloquent, this book really allows you to feel what it might be like to be Van Gogh, to live inside his tormented mind as he attempts to make sense of contradictory stimuli. The author uses carefully selected words and phrasing to portray Van Gogh's thoughts in a way that really highlights his inner turmoil, as well as his artistic passion. The characters were nicely drawn, but the star of this story is really Vincent, whose character is well-established. With regards to other characters, I did find a little hard to believe the love Lynn obviously felt for Vincent.Read more ›