Book Drunkard

“I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.” L.M. Montgomery

Book Review


Virginie Says…

I just finished reading Tracy Chevalier’s fourth novel, The Lady and the Unicorn.  It’s the first book I’ve read by this author.  The book was just excellent and if I’d had more time, I’m sure I would have had it finished in a day or two.  I like the idea of taking works of art and creating a story about it.  It sounds like something I’d like to do myself!

The story revolves around the creation of a set of tapestries.  From the family who commissions the work, to the artist who creates the beautiful scenes, to the family who skillfully weaves the paintings into reality, each character puts their own special marking into the tapestries in one way or another.  Even the Unicorn’s horn becomes like a character with how Nicolas uses it almost like a pick up line!  I really love how the author breaks the chapters down, writing about the lives and experiences of a different character in each chapter.  I think that is what made the people more real to me.

The book is rich with period detail and I especially enjoyed reading about the weaving process.  But mostly, I fell in the love with the characters (and hated the ones who were meant to be hated).  Tracy Chevalier made it easy with her writing style and how she was able to give them each something special that made you remember them.  I was able to laugh and cry through triumph and despair with them.

To some, Nicolas des Innocents may have been the lead character in the book, but to me, it was always the tapestries.  They seemed to breathe and live and tell the story themselves.  Really, my only complaint is that the book wasn’t longer.  I was sad to see it end.  I’d love to read more about the characters, know what others, not associated with the involved parties, thought of the The Lady and Unicorn, how it made them feel and think.

The book is just an all round good read and I totally recommend it.  I can’t wait to read my next Tracy Chevalier book.  Suggestions?


7 thoughts on “Book Review

  1. I’ve read this book and really liked it. I also read Girl With a Pearl Earring which is based on the painting of the same name by Vermeer. I think you would like it.

  2. I would love to read Girl with a Pearl Earring! It was one of my favourite movies.


  3. I really enjoyed this book too. I read Girl With Pearl Earrring years ago, but I think I liked the Lady and the Unicorn better. I have the hardcover, and the cover, not the dust jacket, the actual cover, is covered in the tapestry. Just gorgeous.

    I have another one of her books here to read, maybe Burning Bright? I’ll have to have a look.

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  5. I absolutely adore Chevalier. I’ve read all her books with the exception of Remarkable Creatures. One interesting note about her writing that I learned, she feels like a different author in each of her books. They are a diverse collection, so it’s hard to say which would be a great next read. Try The Virgin Blue or Falling Angels. I liked Burning Bright too, but those that I’ve lent it to haven’t enjoyed it as much.

  6. Lady and the Unicorn and The Virgin Blue are up there with my all time favourites !

  7. My favourite for the year was The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society byMary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows.

    I’ve been very slack with my reading this year so my resolution is to read much more in 2010!

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