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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos
A Book

by Dominic Smith

  • Publisher : Atlantic Books
  • Release : 2017-01-01
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 1925268632
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Longlisted for the 2017 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction In the 1600s Sara de Vos loses her young daughter suddenly to illness. In her grief, she secretly begins painting a dark landscape of a girl watching a group of ice skaters from the edge of a wood. In 1950s New York, Martijn de Groot has At the Edge of a Wood hanging above his bed. Though it is a dark, peculiar painting, he holds it dear and when it is stolen, he is bereft. In Brooklyn, struggling art student Ellie Shipley accepts a commission to paint an intricate forgery of the painting, not realising that her decision will come to haunt her successful academic career. Gorgeously written, brilliantly conceived and executed, filled with tension and revelation, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos is one of those rare books that stops time as you read it. This is a novel you will want to revisit for the sheer pleasure of watching a master at work.

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  • Publisher : Instaread Summaries
  • Release : 2016-06-07
  • Pages : 39
  • ISBN : 1683783298
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith | Summary & Analysis Preview: The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith is a novel that describes the way two lives become intertwined through a mutual obsession with a seventeenth-century Dutch artist. In the year 1957, wealthy New Yorker Marty de Groot realizes that his beloved painting, the only known surviving oil-on-canvas by seventeenth-century Dutch artist Sara de Vos, has gone missing. In its place over his bed is a fake. Hoping to get his revenge, Marty goes after the suspected forger, whom he later learns is a pretty, 20-something graduate student named Ellie Shipley. Little does Marty know that their meeting will end up having a profound effect on both of their lives. During a charity event at his and his wife Rachel’s penthouse on the Upper East Side, thieves steal into Marty’s bedroom and take his de Vos, a 1636 painting titled At the Edge of a Wood… PLEASE NOTE: This is summary and analysis of the book and NOT the original book. Inside this Instaread Summary of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos: Summary of the Book Important People Character Analysis Analysis of the Themes and Author’s Style About the Author With Instaread, you can get the key takeaways, summary and analysis of a book in 15 minutes. We read every chapter, identify the key takeaways and analyze them for your convenience.

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Summary of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith | Includes Analysis
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  • Publisher : Idreambooks
  • Release : 2016-06-06
  • Pages : 28
  • ISBN : 9781683783237
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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  • Publisher : Instaread
  • Release : 2018-08-18
  • Pages : 26
  • ISBN : 9876543210XXX
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Electric Hotel

The Electric Hotel
A Book

by Dominic Smith

  • Publisher : Atlantic Books
  • Release : 2019-08-01
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN : 1760870633
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the award-winning author of the acclaimed bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos comes a radiant new novel tracing the intertwined fates of a silent film director and his muse. The Electric Hotel winds through the nascent days of cinema in Paris and Fort Lee, New Jersey - America's first movie town - and the battlefields of Belgium during World War I. A sweeping work of historical fiction, it shimmers between past and present as it tells the story of the rise and fall of a prodigious film studio and one man's doomed obsession with all that passes in front of the viewfinder. For nearly half a century, Claude Ballard has been living at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. A French pioneer of silent films, who started out as a concession agent for the Lumière brothers, the inventors of cinema, Claude now spends his days taking photographs of Sunset Boulevard. But when a film-history student comes to interview Claude about The Electric Hotel - the lost masterpiece that bankrupted him and ended the career of his muse, Sabine Montrose - the past comes surging back. In his run-down hotel suite, the ravages of the past are waiting to be excavated: celluloid fragments and reels in desperate need of restoration, and Claude's memories of the woman who inspired and beguiled him. The Electric Hotel is a portrait of a man entranced by the magic of movie-making, a luminous romance and a whirlwind trip through the heady, endlessly inventive days of early cinema.

The Caroline Paintings

The Caroline Paintings
An Art Novel

by Arthur D. Hittner

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020-01-10
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN : 9780998981079
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Loosely inspired by the saga of the Helga Pictures by Andrew Wyeth, The Caroline Paintings is a poignant, five-decade, art-sleuthing saga featuring a beautiful but troubled teenage runaway; a tormented artist; an illegitimate son; an unscrupulous attorney; a beer-loving, art-dabbling, Everyman widower and a quirky Harvard art professor.

The Beautiful Miscellaneous

The Beautiful Miscellaneous
A Novel

by Dominic Smith

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2007-06-05
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1416558993
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos, a dazzling new novel explores the fault lines that can cause a family to drift apart and the unexpected events that can pull them back together. Nathan Nelson is the average son of a genius. His father, a physicist of small renown, has prodded him toward greatness from an early age—enrolling him in whiz kid summer camps, taking him to the icy tundra of Canada to track a solar eclipse, and teaching him college algebra. But despite Samuel Nelson's efforts, Nathan remains ordinary. Then, in the summer of 1987, everything changes. While visiting his small-town grandfather in Michigan, Nathan is involved in a terrible accident. After a brief clinical death -- which he later recalls as a lackluster affair lasting less than the length of a Top 40 pop song—he falls into a coma. When he awakens, Nathan finds that everyday life is radically different. His perceptions of sight, sound, and memory have been irrevocably changed. The doctors and his parents fear permanent brain damage. But the truth of his condition is more unexpected and leads to a renewed chance for Nathan to find his place in the world. Thinking that his son's altered brain is worthy of serious inquiry, Samuel arranges for Nathan to attend the Brook-Mills Institute, a Midwestern research center where savants, prodigies, and neurological misfits are studied and their specialties applied. Immersed in this strange atmosphere -- where an autistic boy can tell you what day Christmas falls on in 3026 but can't tie his shoelaces, where a medical intuitive can diagnose cancer during a long-distance phone call with a patient—Nathan begins to unravel the mysteries of his new mind, and finally make peace with the crushing weight of his father's expectations.

The Museum of Modern Love

The Museum of Modern Love
A Book

by Heather Rose

  • Publisher : Allen & Unwin
  • Release : 2016-08-24
  • Pages : 296
  • ISBN : 1952534798
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Winner of the 2017 Stella Prize. 'This is a weirdly beautiful book.' David Walsh founder and curator, MONA 'Life beats down and crushes the soul, and art reminds you that you have one.' Stella Adler 'Art will wake you up. Art will break your heart. There will be glorious days. If you want eternity you must be fearless.' From The Museum of Modern Love She watched as the final hours of The Artist is Present passed by, sitter after sitter in a gaze with the woman across the table. Jane felt she had witnessed a thing of inexplicable beauty among humans who had been drawn to this art and had found the reflection of a great mystery. What are we? How should we live? If this was a dream, then he wanted to know when it would end. Maybe it would end if he went to see Lydia. But it was the one thing he was not allowed to do. Arky Levin is a film composer in New York separated from his wife, who has asked him to keep one devastating promise. One day he finds his way to The Atrium at MOMA and sees Marina Abramovic in The Artist is Present. The performance continues for seventy-five days and, as it unfolds, so does Arky. As he watches and meets other people drawn to the exhibit, he slowly starts to understand what might be missing in his life and what he must do. This dazzlingly original novel asks beguiling questions about the nature of art, life and love and finds a way to answer them.

The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre

The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre
A Novel

by Dominic Smith

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2007-01-09
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 9781416551904
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The debut novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos reimagines the life of Louis Daguerre, the inventor of photography, who becomes convinced that the world is going to end when his mind unravels due to mercury poisoning. He is determined to reconnect with the only woman he has ever loved before the End comes. Louis Daguerre's story is set against the backdrop of a Paris prone to bohemian excess and social unrest. Poets and dandies debate art and style in the cafes while students and rebels fill the garrets with revolutionary talk and gun smoke. It is here, amid this strange and beguiling setting, that Louis Daguerre sets off to capture his doomsday subjects. Louis enlists the help of the womanizing poet Charles Baudelaire, known to the salon set as the "Prince of Clouds" and a jaded but beautiful prostitute named Pigeon. Together they scour the Paris underworld for images worthy of Daguerre's list. But Louis is also confronted by a chance to reunite with the only woman he's ever loved. Half a lifetime ago, Isobel Le Fournier kissed Louis Daguerre in a wine cave outside of Orleans. The result was a proposal, a rejection, and a misunderstanding that outlasted three kings and an emperor. Now, in the countdown to his apocalypse, Louis wants to understand why he has carried the memory of that kiss for so long.

Bright and Distant Shores

Bright and Distant Shores
A Novel

by Dominic Smith

  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release : 2011-09-13
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 1439198888
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos comes a sweeping historical novel set amid the skyscrapers of 1890s Chicago and the far-flung islands of the South Pacific. In the waning years of the nineteenth century there was a hunger for tribal artifacts, spawning collecting voyages from museums and collectors around the globe. In 1897, one such collector, a Chicago insurance magnate, sponsors an expedition into the South Seas to commemorate the completion of his company's new skyscraper--the world's tallest building. The ship is to bring back an array of Melanesian weaponry and handicrafts, but also several natives related by blood. Caught up in this scheme are two orphans—Owen Graves, an itinerant trader from Chicago's South Side who has recently proposed to the girl he must leave behind, and Argus Niu, a mission houseboy in the New Hebrides who longs to be reunited with his sister. At the cusp of the twentieth century, the expedition forces a collision course between the tribal and the civilized, between two young men plagued by their respective and haunting pasts. An epic and ambitious story that brings to mind E. L. Doctorow, with echoes of Melville and Robert Louis Stevenson, Bright and Distant Shores is a wondrous achievement by a writer known for creating compelling fiction from the fabric of history.

Making Value Chains Work Better for the Poor

Making Value Chains Work Better for the Poor
A Toolbook for Pratitioners of Value Chain Analysis

by Dominic Smith

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2020-08-24
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN : 9781922345615
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Bruny

Bruny
A Book

by Heather Rose

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2019-10-29
  • Pages : 480
  • ISBN : 9780369328083
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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How far would your government go? A right-wing US president has withdrawn America from the Middle East and the UN. Daesh has a thoroughfare to the sea and China is Australia's newest ally. When a bomb goes off in remote Tasmania, Astrid Coleman agrees to return home to help her brother before an upcoming election. But this is no simple task. Her brother and sister are on either side of politics, the community is full of conspiracy theories, and her father is quoting Shakespeare. Only on Bruny does the world seem sane. Until Astrid discovers how far the government is willing to go.Bruny is a searing, subversive, brilliant novel about family, love, loyalty and the new world order.Praise for The Museum of Modern Love:'A glorious novel, meditative and special in a way that defies easy articulation.' Hannah Kent, author of Burial Rites'Audacious and beautiful.' Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos'I adored it, and it is my book of the year so far.' Amanda Rayner, Readings Reviews'... coruscates with captivating energy ... Incisive, beautiful, and precise.' Foreword Reviews, starred review'Captivating ... a gem of a novel.' Library Journal, starred review'Deeply involving ... profound ... emotionally rich and thought-provoking.' Booklist, starred review'With rare subtlety and humanity, this novel relocates the difficult path to wonder in us all.' The Christina Stead Prize 2017'Profound ... a tender meditation on art, love, grief, and life.' Bustle'An unusual and lively work of fiction.' Newsday

Prairie Fever

Prairie Fever
A Book

by Michael Parker

  • Publisher : Algonquin Books
  • Release : 2019-05-21
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN : 1616209453
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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"Michael Parker has captured a time, place, and sisterhood so perfectly it hurts to turn the last page. A riveting, atmospheric dream of a novel.” --Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos Set in the hardscrabble landscape of early 1900s Oklahoma, but timeless in its sensibility, Prairie Fever traces the intense dynamic between the Stewart sisters: the pragmatic Lorena and the chimerical Elise. The two are bound together not only by their isolation on the prairie but also by their deep emotional reliance on each other. That connection supersedes all else until the arrival of Gus McQueen. When Gus arrives in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, as a first time teacher, his inexperience is challenged by the wit and ingenuity of the Stewart sisters. Then one impulsive decision and a cataclysmic blizzard trap Elise and her horse on the prairie and forever change the balance of everything between the sisters, and with Gus McQueen. With honesty and poetic intensity and the deadpan humor of Paulette Jiles and Charles Portis, Parker reminds us of the consequences of our choices. Expansive and intimate, this novel tells the story of characters tested as much by life on the prairie as they are by their own churning hearts.

Car Trouble

Car Trouble
A Novel

by Robert Rorke

  • Publisher : HarperCollins
  • Release : 2018-09-11
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN : 006284850X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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From a bright new talent, a witty, moving, and inspirational coming-of-age debut novel set in 1970s Brooklyn about a teenager and his abusive father whose obsession with broken down vintage cars careens wildly out of control. “Such a pleasure to read.... This is a coming of age story, but it is also so much more than that.”—Dominic Smith, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos Nicky Flynn is coming-of-age in 1970s Brooklyn, riding into his sophomore year at St. Michaels, the last hurrah of the Diocesan school system. A budding young actor, Nicky is at once sensitive, resilient, exasperated, and keenly observant—especially when it comes to his father, Patrick. Undeniably enigmatic, and coasting on vanity, charm, and desperation, “Himself” as Nicky calls his father, is given to picking up old car junkers, for cheap at NYPD auctions—each sputtering, tail-finned treasure subsidized by poker games. To Patrick, these chrome glamour tanks are his obsessions, repairable reminders of the past when he was young, and everything seemed new and gleaming and possible—before he had a family. For Nicky, each one is a milestone. Whether it’s a harrowing joy ride or a driving lesson, they’re unforgettable markers on his path toward an unpredictable future. But as Patrick’s compulsions slide into alcoholism and abuse, Nicky, his mother, and sisters brace themselves for an inevitable sharp turn in their addled lives. Narrated with humor and a rueful awareness, Car Trouble is an exhilarating novel about acceptance, regret, compassion, and finding your authentic adult self amid the rubble and rumble of growing up.

Confidence in the Criminal Justice System

Confidence in the Criminal Justice System
What Lies Beneath?

by Dominic Smith

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2007
  • Pages : 24
  • ISBN : 9781840990850
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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White Lead

White Lead
A Novel of Suspense

by Susan Daitch

  • Publisher : Alibi
  • Release : 2016-11-15
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN : 039959373X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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Falsely accused of a bizarre murder—and a daring heist—art conservator Stella Da Silvera uncovers a secret history of deception in this stylish thriller for readers of The Art Forger and The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. Late one night, while restoring a seventeenth-century painting by Diego Velázquez, Stella Da Silvera hears screams from the office of Claiborne’s curator Jack Ashby. She goes to investigate, but when the noise fades away she heads back to her studio—where she finds a dead body dressed like a figure in the painting and a man with a tattooed face who isn’t happy to have company. After eluding the unsavory character, Stella returns with the police, only to find the corpse—and the Velázquez—gone. With no murder in evidence, the detectives turn their attention to the missing canvas. They figure Stella had access and opportunity, making her a prime suspect. Adding insult to injury, Claiborne’s cans her for negligence. To save her reputation, Stella has no choice but to find the painting. But she’s not the only one looking, and someone else is looking for her. Advance praise for White Lead “A novelist who manages to surprise on nearly every page.”—Matt Bell, author of Scrapper “Susan Daitch at her finest! Fascinating story, captivating writing.”—Deb Olin Unferth, author of Revolution: The Year I Fell In Love and Went to Join the War and Vacation Praise for Susan Daitch “It’s always a delight to discover a voice as original as Susan Daitch’s.”—Salman Rushdie “One of the most intelligent and attentive writers at work in the U.S.”—David Foster Wallace

The Zookeeper of Belfast

The Zookeeper of Belfast
A heart-stopping WW2 historical novel based on an incredible true story

by S. Kirk Walsh

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2021-04-01
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN : 1529345553
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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As the bombs rain down on the city, Belfast's first ever female zookeeper must fight to save the baby elephant in her charge in this gripping, uplifting tale based on a true story. 1941. With the men away fighting, animal-lover Hettie Quin is made Belfast Zoo's first ever female zookeeper. She is put in charge of Violet, a three-year-old Indian elephant, and they soon form a special bond. With Violet at her side, Hettie can almost escape the grim reality of her life: the father who has abandoned her family; the sister who recently died; the war that's raging hundreds of miles away. But the devastation of war is closer than she thought. When the bombs begin to rain down on the city, Hettie must gather all her courage to protect those she loves the most. Can she save Violet - and get through unscathed herself? Based on a true story, The Zookeeper of Belfast is a gripping and uplifting tribute to what one woman's courage and tenacity can achieve in the most dire of circumstances - perfect for fans of Heather Morris, Natasha Lester, Kate Furnivall, Mandy Robotham and Fiona Valpy. Praise for THE ZOOKEEPER OF BELFAST: 'Walsh delivers a turbulent portrait of life in a divided city . . . A unique perspective of a country at war and the lengths people will go for those they love.' - Kirkus Reviews 'Sensitively rendered and finely drawn, this remarkable story, based on true events, is both uplifting and heartbreaking.' - Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train 'Walsh has written a novel of deep affection and knife-edge suspense. A brilliant debut.' - Margot Livesey, author of The Boy in The Field 'An elephant, a young zookeeper, the city of Belfast, bombings, and an IRA member are the improbable characters in this captivating and intimately felt novel that tells the story of a young woman's uncommon devotion and courage under fire.' - Lily Tuck, author of Sisters 'A zoo in wartime Belfast and a young woman's fierce love for the elephant in her care come vividly to life in this beautiful, beguiling, and atmospheric debut novel.' - Dominic Smith, author of The Last Painting of Sara de Vos ·Cinematic in scope and brimming with emotion, this is a soaring work of historical imagination.' - Karen Olsson, author of All the Houses

See What I Have Done

See What I Have Done
A Book

by Sarah Schmidt

  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release : 2017-03-28
  • Pages : 352
  • ISBN : 073363690X
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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WINNER OF THE ABIA LITERARY FICTION OF THE YEAR 2018 WINNER OF THE MUD LITERARY AWARD 2018 Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2018 Shortlisted for the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018 Shortlisted for The Ned Kelly Awards for Best First Crime 2018 Shortlisted for the Strand Critics Awards for Best First Novel Shortlisted for the Davitt Awards for Debut Novel 2018 Longlisted for the ABIA Matt Richell Award for New Writers 2018 'Eerie and compelling, Sarah Schmidt breathes such life into the terrible, twisted tale of Lizzie Borden and her family, she makes it impossible to look away.' Paula Hawkins, bestselling author of The Girl on the Train He was still bleeding. I yelled, 'Someone's killed Father.' I breathed in kerosene air, licked the thickness from my teeth. The clock on the mantel ticked ticked. I looked at Father, the way hands clutched to thighs, the way the little gold ring on his pinky finger sat like a sun. I gave him that ring for his birthday when I no longer wanted it. 'Daddy,' I had said. 'I'm giving this to you because I love you.' He had smiled and kissed my forehead. Lizzie Borden took an axe. Or did she? On 4 August 1892 Andrew and Abby Borden were murdered in their home in Fall River, Massachusetts. During the inquest into the deaths, Lizzie Borden was arrested and charged with the murder of her father and her stepmother. Through the eyes of Lizzie's sister Emma, the housemaid Bridget, the enigmatic stranger Benjamin and the beguiling Lizzie herself, we return to what happened that day in Fall River. 'Haunting, evocative and psychologically taut, See What I Have Done breathes fresh life into the infamous 19th-century murder case surrounding Lizzie Borden. This is a powerful, beautifully researched debut novel that brings us into contact with the recurring American dramas of violence and retribution while summoning the beguiling voices of the past.' Dominic Smith, author of the New York Times bestseller The Last Painting of Sara de Vos 'Deserves to be considered a Gothic classic.' The Saturday Paper 'Schmidt writes thrillingly well.' The Australian 'A grand gothic novel.' Books+Publishing 'Believe the hype.' Marie Claire 'There are books about murder and there are books about imploding families; this is the rare novel that seamlessly weaves the two together, asking as many questions as it answers.' Kirkus Reviews '[An] unforgettable debut ... Equally compelling as a whodunit, 'whydunit,' and historical novel.' Publishers Weekly 'Heralds the arrival of a major new talent ... Nail-biting horror mixes with a quiet, unforgettable power to create a novel readers will stay up all night finishing.' Booklist SELECTED AS ONE OF 2017's MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS BY: Entertainment Weekly (US), Sydney Morning Herald (AU), The Metro (UK), The Observer (UK), The Sun (UK), The Express (UK), The Pool (UK) and The Stylist (UK)

Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse

Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse
A Novel

by Arthur D. Hittner

  • Publisher : Unknown Publisher
  • Release : 2017-11-21
  • Pages : 349
  • ISBN : 9780998981017
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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A tragic-comic love story set in the New York art world during the late Depression and the prelude to the Second World War, "Artist, Soldier, Lover, Muse" traces the triumphs, loves, and tribulations of an emerging young artist.

The Bird and the Elephant

The Bird and the Elephant
Philosophy for Young Minds

by Dominic Smith

  • Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • Release : 2017-08-18
  • Pages : 100
  • ISBN : 1784629553
  • Language : En, Es, Fr & De
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The Bird and The Elephant is a poetic philosophical journey that starts with a chance encounter between and a bird and (that’s right, you guessed it!) an elephant. Join their journey as they step through the jungle talking their way through ten philosophical subjects.