Thursday, October 1, 2015

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

The Lady and the Unicorn
by Tracy Chevalier
2004
***
3 stars - a good enough story with some interesting history lessons
ALR Green - brief appearances by pet dogs



In late 15th century Paris, a French nobleman commissions an ambitious set of six tapestries. Nicolas des Innocents, painter and rogue, is hired to create the paintings from which the tapestries will be created. The story follows the tapestries from conception to completion along with the lives of Nicolas, the nobleman's family, and the weavers. 

The story and the characters were a bit dull. None of the characters caught my fancy. However, the narrative style was different and fun. As the story moves along, it is narrated by different characters. That was cool. There is plenty of information about the art of weaving tapestries. Also cool.

Overall, a quick, entertaining read.

1 comment:

  1. I read it, too. It wasn't bad, but nowhere near as good as Girl With a Pearl Earring by the same author. I do like her concept of taking a famous work of art and filling in the story behind it.

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