The Girl in Hyacinth Blue
by Susan Vreeland
A college professor
questions whether or not an oil painting is an authentic Vermeer. The novel
progresses backward through various stories of each previous owner until the
actual inspiration of the painting is explained-- revealing the true identity of
the painter. Is it truly a Vermeer?! The concept of a book tracing the painting
backward through smaller short stories works very effectively; however, some of
the origin stories are more interesting than others. Overall, a very great read.
[If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try Other reverse chronology/retrograde
books: Alvarez - How
the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent, Banks - Use
of Weapons; Reverse chronology movies: Memento,
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind; Retrograde music: Coldplay - The
Scientist (Music 787.877 Col), The Beatles - Strawberry
Fields (Music 781.66 Bea).] -- recommended by Jeremiah J. - Bennett Martin Public Library
[ The Girl in Hyacinth
Blue page on the official Susan Vreeland web site ]
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