Chevalier has clearly done her research, and in doing so, allows the reader to experience this story with all five senses. I was impressed with the historical detail that was woven into the storyline, especially the attention to detail regarding the creation of tapestries. I love the authenticity of the descriptions. We are waiting for that one moment when simply standing up and defending the defenseless is the most heroic role of all. How well do you think the author built the world in the book? Entertaining characters but the storyline was just too implausible for my taste.
I especially enjoyed the relationships between the five mates at the center of this story, and was caught by surprise at how wickedly funny some scenes were. A shrewd French nobleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. She is wise and compassionate. Frieda Klein is one of the most interesting and compelling characters in a continuing series. Some of the characters I outright hated and the remainder I merely disliked. She's had some hard times and has used her strength to begin her own detective agency.
Find out everything you need to know about The Lady and the Unicorn in a fraction of the time! In trapping her, they destroy what they seek, but in freeing her, the heroes also lose their connection to her since she cannot remain with them. I have a long method to go in the series but that is okay. I had forgotten about them until I recently saw it on Amazon. Chevalier starts with one of the few facts that is actually known about the tapestries: they were created for the nobleman Jean Le Viste, whose family coat of arms features prominently in their design. She was certainly a great asset to the tapestry industry of the time.
It is a detective story that touches a lot of lives. In Brussels, Nicolas once again becomes woven up in a family drama, this time in the industrious Chapelle family of weavers. Frieda will not be denied, though, and with the support of several mates including Josef, the unflappable carpenter who seems to be far, far more than that , she stubbornly pursues the facts to obtain to the heart of the truth, whatever it may anwhile, a subplot that has run throughout the series presents itself yet again, advancing toward what appears to be a denouement. Otherwise, I start forming expectations of plot lines, style, and tone for the book, and usually end up perhaps unfairly disappointed when the book doesn't measure up. Unicorn pictures were very popular in the Middle Ages. Each case requires some ingenious thinking and a deep understanding of local culture and practices and, of course, of primary human nature.
Thank goodness for the epilogue because it made me feel better about how everyone faired! We try to choose wall tapestries that are in harmony with the modern standards of home decor. If you want to expand your reading in this area, or gain a deeper understanding of the genre - this is the best place to start! Mma Ramotswe is still proud to be a traditionally-built woman living in the greatest country in Africa, if not the world. Already I am questioning whether to continue. What I found most interesting about this book, were the strong feminine overtones. I received my copy from the publisher through Edelweiss.
I have already started the second and latest book by this author. . Sure she made mistakes too, but, I understood her. Every other character who may have had redeeming qualities initially is eventually tainted in my mind by their association with or support of Nicolas. A mate of mine who read it didn't like the snappy dialog between the main hero and his budding girl friend, but I liked them well enough. What else have you read on this topic, and would you recommend these books to others? I don't know where this man gets the time to write all of these books, travel and teach at the University too. I'm so glad this book literally showed up like a gift--since the discovery I've gone on to read a dozen more books in the series.
We will probably never know how or why these beautiful things were actually created, but Tracy Chevalier has given us a thoughtful and pleasant tale to think about. The tapestries aren't one of my favourite works of art anyway, and the twee way in which the unicorn allegory was presented made me want to go and find a unicorn and strangle it! How is the relationship between Claude and Genevieve different from the relationship between Alienor and Christine? But the ending was saved by Margaret Forster's afterword, where she explains a lot of things. And as Hannah's case takes keep of her, Frieda soon begins to realise that she's up versus someone who'll go to any lengths to protect themselves. Jean Le Viste, a French nobleman, commissions a Parisian painter, Nicolas des Innocents, to create a set of six tapestri Tracy Chevalier The Lady and the Unicorn New York: Penguin, 2004 250 pp. Beneath the book's paper jacket, one of the actual tapestries is displayed across the front and back cover. How does the compression of the events into two years contribute to the novel's power? I think the amazing flaw in this novel is that the authors do not do this well.
If you think you wouldn't raise your skirts for a rakish legend about the purifying powers of a unicorn's horn, then maybe you aren't a 15th-century serving girl under the sway of a velvet-tongued court painter of ill repute. Father was a photographer for The Washington Post. There is Aliénor the blind girl. Wow, I really hated this book! Nicolas is a talented artist, but rather arrogant about his art. The shared experience of reading a single book gives members a chance to discuss how it made them feel, what they might have changed, and, significantly, whether they believe that reading the book altered their own lives or perspectives in some way. Claude is banished to a convent and Nicolas is sent to Brussels to supervise the weaving of the tapestries there. The issue I had with the audio version had to do with Robert Blumenfeld's reading of some of the male roles.