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Preview — The Rape of the Muse by Michael Stein
The Rape of the Muse
Rand Taber, one of The Times' "25 artists under 25 to watch" has painter's block. He needs to get out of New York to work again. Introduced to Harris Montrose, an artistic giant and eccentric who has secluded himself in Providence, Rhode Island, Rand becomes Montrose's studio assistant.
Rand has a front-row seat on the deteriorating relationship between Montrose and his lif...more
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The story is about a trial between two artists for libel and punitive damages, when one artist, Harris Montrose, is accused of using the countenance of another artist, Pruhar, without his permission, in a work of art that depicts Pruhar in the act of a violent...more
The Rape of the Muse is art—computer art to be exact, built with images layered and altered and bound together in form like a sculpted piece. The artist is a sculptor who’s lived in exile (in Providence) since his long-ago triumph on the New York stage. His assistant is a...more
The story was based on actual events, yet became somewhat boring after awhile. It goes back and forth between the courtroom and the backstory; both are potentially fairly interesting, but only for a short while. It fizzled out. I wanted to love this book, even immensely like it, but couldn't seem to get there. It was pretty lukewarm for me.
Peripheral female characters, except for Elizabeth/Binny (the Muse), whose description from the narrator's POV makes her seem a bit flat, but there's a quick twist in the last chapter that can explain that choice. Courtroom te...more
I was the First Reads winner of this book and I am grateful for being chosen. I will pass the book along to my book club members.