War and Turpentine

War and Turpentine

Book - 2016
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War and Turpentine centers on two men distanced by time: a religious painter whose life is changed forever by World War One; and his grandson, a writer reckoning with his grandfather's story. The life of Urbain Martien--artist, soldier, survivor of the incomprehensible--lies contained in two notebooks written before his death in 1981. His grandson, a writer, imagines his way into the locked chambers of Urbain's memory: retouching church paintings as a boy, dodging death in an iron foundry, and, ultimately, fighting the war that altered the course of human history. There is Urbain's father, the lowly church painter; Urbain's wife, Gabrielle, his true love's sister; and Urbain's canvas, the ever-present reminder of the artist he wanted to be and the soldier he was forced to become. Wrestling with this story, the narrator straddles past and present, searching for a place in both. As artfully rendered as a Renaissance fresco, War and Turpentine paints the extraordinary story of one man's life and the echo of its impact resounding through the generations."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Pantheon,, 2016
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781101874028
Branch Call Number: FIC HER
Characteristics: 290 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm


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Mar 28, 2017

Hard to believe this book is fiction. Beginning and end harder to follow due to unfamiliarity w/ all paintings. Middle a great synopsis of The Great War and being right in the middle of the War. A great story w/ inventive story line. I'd like to assume this is at least partially true.

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