Wednesday, October 17, 2012

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, Eternal 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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