The Painter of Battles
After Isaac Newton laid his 3rd law of motion, almost every branch of science agreed with him. I suppose, even religion does. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.” It is the fundamental symmetry of the universe. Our every action draws an imaginary path, an effect. Sometimes even a small change may result to a large difference.
Andrés Faulques, a war photographer by profession, decided to leave his famous life and secluded himself in a tower...more
The main character, Faulques, is a former war photographer who has retired to an old tower to paint a mural of battles, an attempt...more
Perez-Reverte draws you into the story as he meticulously recounts (probably from his own experiences as a war journalist) example after example of the insanity of war and examines the cruelty and finality of its outcome. In essence, Perez-Reverte gives us and in depth...more
A photo-journalist retires from his life-in-wartime, and exiles h...more
Si yo fuera un periodista de la revista Qué Leer y quisiera un titular impactante para mi recensión de este libro, sin duda elegiría algo del estilo «El pintor de batallas es una mezcla entre Territorio comanche y Cinco horas con Mario». Y es que nuestro idolatrado Reverte ha cambiado totalmente de registro. Esto no es una novela, es un monólogo al que se le ha añadido un espaciotiempo para que parezca una novela. Y no es que no me haya gustado, ojo.
Reverte reflexiona sobre la guerra, básicamen...more
Its rare I find a book harrowing, but here, the author rams that nail in pretty hard.
Ok, there is an enigmatic lady, sexy fashion model type always wearing painted on dresses and with a pair of piercing green eye!(lame) Who seems to deeply understand the entire world(lame) and should probably jog-on and go and live in Rivendell...more
This is an author that must be read. His early novels, including “The Club Dumas,” “The Flanders Panel,” and “The Seville Communion” were historical crime novels (if they can be classified at all) that were unexcelled in their plotting and execution. This novel is very different from his earlier works. It is the story of Sr. Faulques who was a war photographer who retired in order to paint. During his career, he saw a...more
If this novel is a meditation on the site of that photographic...more
The basic premise is the life story, looking towards the past, of a famous war photographer. He's isolated and painting a huge battle to rival anything he's seen in real life throughout all of the countries and people he's photographing at war.
But very soon within the first part of the book, he's confronted by a man who was the subject of one of his photos...the man...more
There are parts of it that should get a 5, and parts of it I'd give a 2. The interactions between the painter and his previous subject were marvelous, deep, and made me think. But the reminiscent parts about Olvido ... bugged me. On...more
Another great author, Amy Bloom, said that "a good novel should do more than entertain" and on that the basis Perez-Reverte's books would all make the cut. They give you something to think about, really think about.
This book isn't one you can read just for the plot. It is all about char...more
El hilo de la narración va saltando entre dos líneas temporales. Una de el...more
Partiamo da ingredienti di base prestigiosi:
*Uno scrittore con piena padronanza della tecnica... un Accademico!
*Vicende probabilmente conosciute di prima persona (essendo ex cronista di guerra)... mica fuffa!
Risultato, a partire da queste premesse?
Un libro morto, artificioso, soffocante, sterile.
Nell'acquisto del libro, mea culpa sono stato frivolo - mi sono affidato al faccione dell'autore, che trasmette grande forza fisica. In realtà sono rimasto fiaccato, prosciu...more
Angry and grief-stricken at the loss of his wife and child, the Croatian solider--who holds the photographer's portrait of him accountable for their deaths--intends to kill him, exact reven...more
A four days journey, full of stories about love, death, guilt and violence, with an unexpected end.
In the South of Spain, in a tower on the Mediterranean shore, a former photographer paints an enormous circular fresco: a battle landscape, where he wants to cover all the images he could not capture on his film. To accomplish his goal, he will be...more
Then I have that thought I have whenever I read a book originally written in a language other than English (the only language, unfortunately, that I am proficient in): How can anyone read Shakespeare in translation and still be reading Shakespeare?
But then, I...more