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The Green Hour: A Novel

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In this elegant and sensual novel, Frederic Tuten explores the ageless tension between a life of passion and a desire for ease. Set in Paris and New York, The Green Hour tells the story of Dominique, an art historian who struggles to choose between two men who embody the critical schism in her life: unquenchable idealism and material happiness.

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Published August 1st 2003 by Blackstone Audio, Inc. (first published 2002)
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The plot summary was promising but it was a no go for me. The story wanted to be sensually complex but fell flat. I thought the characters were trying to be in a parallel version of "Unbearable Lightness of Being" with a touch of Anais Nin's Djuna. The writing was too trite for the story. I was not convinced of the character's realism. The author has some good titles about other art history topics. I'll give those a try.
I read this book quite by mistake. It somehow ended up in my reserved pile at the library, not sure if it was my mistake or the librarians. I found myself unable to identify with the main character's voice, or find her realistic. I could tell this was a book penned by a man, and the notion that the author has misguided insight into a woman's psyche, occurred to me more than once. The story itself is well rounded and has a satisfying ending, but not liking or relating to the main character, made ...more
A well written portrayal of a multi-dimensional commitment-averse woman and the several men in her life who each compliment a different side of her personality. Recommended to readers who enjoy literary interior fiction about relationships and the lives of academics.
Started off okay. Then I got irritated, but all in all, there was something there. Certain chapters, certain parts. The main character was such an idiot; it was really hard to see why she picked that doofus for her life-long, cannot forget love!
It took me a while to get into this book. I did like the relationship between the characters but I think you need to be an art lover to really appreciate the main characters thought process and I thought the ending seemed rushed.
Living with and growing beyond obsessive romantic love is depicted in a very real way in this book.
I loved this because it's about an art historian.
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Frederic Tuten is the author of Tintin in the New World, The Green Hour, and Self Portraits, among other fiction. He has received a Guggenheim fellowship and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Distinguished Writing. He lives in New York City."
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