What I Loved

What I Loved

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In 1975 art historian Leo Hertzberg discovers an extraordinary painting by an unknown artist in a New York gallery. He buys the work, tracks down its creator, Bill Weschler, and the two men embark on a life-long friendship. This is the story of their intense and troubled relationship, of the women in their lives and their work, of art and hysteria, love and seduction and their sons - born the same year but whose lives take very different paths.

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 26mm | 240.4g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Sceptre
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340682388
  • 9780340682388
  • 16,460

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Breathtaking James Urquhart, Independent A love story with the grip and suspense of a thriller. It makes you ponder human existence with a peculiar mixture of stoicism and wonder. Noonie Minogue, Times Literary Supplement Defiantly complex and frequently dazzling ... she has created a conceptually exciting work that demands we think, but which still allows us room to feel. Alex Clark, Sunday Times Substantial, moving and beautifully written Christian House, Independent on Sunday A big, wide, sensuous novel - clever, sinister, yet attractively real Julie Myerson, Guardian A consummately intelligent novel, highly literate but also intensely moving. Jackie McGlone, Scotsman Riveting ... erudite and immensely detailed ... a rich, densely textured and utterly absorbing novel Lesley Glaister Subtle, compassionate, wise, and supremely intelligent, it's a striking achievement. Kieron Corless, Time Out Hustvedt ranks amongst the finest American writers working today Jennifer O'Connell, Sunday Business Post a powerful novel of love, loss and longing, exquisitely written Anne Donovan, Sunday Herald

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About Siri Hustvedt

Siri Hustvedt's first novel, The Blindfold, was published by Sceptre in 1993. Since then she has published The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, What I Loved, The Sorrows of an American, The Summer Without Men and The Blazing World, which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2014. She is also the author of the poetry collection Reading To You, and four collections of essays: Yonder, Mysteries of the Rectangle: Essays on Painting, A Plea for Eros and Living, Thinking, Looking, as well as the memoir The Shaking Woman: A History of My Nerves. Born in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt now lives in Brooklyn, New York. She has a PhD in English from Columbia University and in 2012 was awarded the International Gabarron Prize for Thought and Humanities. www.sirihustvedt.net

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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. For the first 135 pages I was wondering what everyone was raving about. However I realised that the author was creating the base for the rest of the book, developing the characters and relationships with great care and detail, and emersing the reader in the New York art world. The descriptions allow you to see the paintings the artist is creating. When I got to chapter two the book became very compelling and the description of the tragedy and the way the characters dealt with it was amazing. There are so many sub themes of nature/nurture, hysteria, different perspectives and the perspective of the third, and the tragedy of life itself and the twists it presents to us. It is a book I am sure I will remember.show more
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