Saturday, July 03, 2010
Good Reading Alert: The Forgery of Venus
If you're looking for some good summer reading, you might check out this novel: The Forgery of Venus: A Novel by Michael Gruber. I finished it recently, and found it one of the most interesting novels I've read in a long time.
On the surface, it tells the story of a talented painter who is working as a commercial artist when he is approached with a proposal to restore an old master painting on the damaged ceiling of a Venetian palazzo. The money is good, the painter needs money, and he's always felt that his talent belongs in an earlier century. As the story unfolds, the painter starts to question his sanity. Is he truly crazy? Or is he being manipulated for nefarious purposes? There is much fascinating reflection on art and painting and history in this -- and lots of twists and turns that leave you uncertain about what will happen next. Gruber's a very talented writer, and there is a lot of depth to this.
If you're looking for something a little different, a mystery/thriller that goes a little deeper than the typical book, then you might give this a try. I enjoyed it enormously.