Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew

Let Me Tell You About A Man I Knew

Book - 2016
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No one knows the name of 'the painter' who comes to the asylum in St Remy in the south of France, but they see his wild, red hair and news of his savaged ear soon circulates in the village and comes to the notice of the wife of the asylum's doctor. She feels herself drawn to him and learns that his presence is disturbing - and not just to her either. But back she goes - again and again. Until she is banned, but still she makes her way over the wall, through the garden to talk to this apparently mad and passionate man. And the consequences of her indiscretion, of what van Gogh comes to mean to her, of what it will do to her marriage, her life once she has touched danger and passion will have far reaching effects - both surprisingly catastrophic and tender.
Publisher: London :, Virago Press,, 2016
ISBN: 9780349007601
Branch Call Number: FIC FLE
Characteristics: 265 pages ; 23 cm

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unicorn1
Sep 06, 2016

I just read this book and was not disappointed. Having read all Susan Fletcher's other books, I found this one to be entirely in keeping with her poetic and highly descriptive style. The relationship between Jeanne and the mysterious painter (clearly stated as Vincent Van Gogh) who arrives at the asylum run by her husband is delicately and beautifully described. The effect of that relationship on the one with her husband is also beautifully told. A very poignant story, beautifully told.

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Blabbermouth
Jul 31, 2016

I wanted to love this simply because I love other writings of Susan Fletchers, but I couldn't fake it. I don't think Vincent Van Gogh's full name was used in the story but it was implied that he was the man in the fields. It is not how I perceive Vincent to be. Disappointed with this one this time.

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