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“What’s there to say about making paintings?” He looks hard at his son. “My real life, it’s when I’m working. It’s entirely there. The rest—everything—is flimflam. And that’s tragedy. Because what am I really doing? Wiping colors across fabric? Tricking people into feeling something’s there, when it’s nothing? When I’m doing the work, I almost think it adds up. Then they drag me to some farce like tonight, and I’m reminded what my job really is: goddamn decoration.The Italian Teacher – Tom Rachman
Initial Thoughts: Oh that cover! That beautiful beautiful cover! I know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but I just cannot help it. There are millions of books out there. You cannot expect me to read the synopsis of each and every one. A book cover is important. It allows you to narrow down what you are interested in reading from what you are not interested in reading. As for me, I am interested in too many things, so it is already hard to narrow things down. As for this book, I solely wanted to read it because of the pretty cover. Also, I thought there was going to be some sort of romance, there really isn’t. It is more of a coming-of-age story of a would-be painter.
A sparkling, propulsive new novel from the bestselling author of The Imperfectionists.
Rome, 1955. The artists gather for a picture at a party in an ancient villa. Bear Bavinsky, creator of vast canvases, larger than life, is at the centre of the picture. His wife, Natalie, edges out of the shot.
From the side of the room watches little Pinch—their son. At five years old he loves Bear almost as much as he fears him. After Bear abandons their family, Pinch will still worship him, striving to live up to the Bavinsky name; while Natalie, a ceramicist, cannot hope to be more than a forgotten muse. Trying to burn brightly in his father’s shadow, Pinch’s attempts flicker and die. Yet by the end of a career of twists and compromises, Pinch will enact an unexpected rebellion that will leave forever his mark upon the Bear Bavinsky legacy.
A masterful, original examination of love, duty, art and fame, The Italian Teacher cements Tom Rachman as among this generation’s most exciting literary voices.
This book has been on my shelf for quite a few years, just waiting for me to pick it up and read it. I was initially drawn in by the cover art (really, look at those gorgeous colours). I had absolutely no idea what the premise was until I began reading.Continue reading