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La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl

3.52  ·  Rating Details ·  64 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
In this absorbing novel, the award-winning author David Huddle tells a provocative story involving the life of the mysterious painter Georges de La Tour and the echoes of his work across time.
An art history professor, Suzanne Nelson escapes her failing marriage by retreating into her research and the fertile world of her imagination. La Tour's ability to create luminous p
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published January 4th 2002 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Apr 15, 2009 John rated it liked it

To judge by the author bio, Huddle is one of those writers -- of poetry and essays as well as fiction -- upon whom the literary establishment smiles. This is far from necessarily a recommendation, and indeed about fifteen or twenty pages into this novel I was ready to throw it at the wall on the grounds of Stark Pretentiousness Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. Luckily there wasn't a wall to hand and I persevered, because I ended up enjoying the book really quite a lot. Prissy, fortyish Vermont
Aug 03, 2010 Mariarose rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2010
Well, as an art historian this book made me want to vomit. The books was well received by critics, but I wonder if they read it??? Let's just say that one of the characters has a patch of hair on her back and de La Tour calls it a Wolf Shoulder. UGH!

Truth be told I am researching de La Tour for a master's thesis and I do know the limited bits of available info on the artist. The author took great liberties in imagining what de La Tour was like. I found it more than a bit irreverent, but not in
Oct 15, 2014 Libby rated it it was ok
Having to prepare to do a presentation on Georges de la Tour, I decided to read this. Known to be a scoundrel, the 1500's artist, La Tour propositions a family to allow him to paint portraits of their beautiful young daughter. He is a deranged and perverted old man. All of the story is fictitious and other than his large pack of dogs, nothing else in the story could be verified in any historical research. Flash forward to modern day where an art history professor immerses herself in the study of ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Tucker rated it it was amazing
Shelves: finished
A fantasy involving the painter Georges de la Tour (1593-1652), as imagined by a character named Suzanne who withdraws from her marriage to a guy named Jack who is portrayed as oafish in his jollity and who is anyway involved extramaritally with a lady named Elly. Suzanne barricades herself in her private room and thinks about La Tour, somewhat, although considered solely in terms of word count she's thinking much more about the complex relationships she's had throughout her life. Although the p ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Athena rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
This book is about the bond that is created between strangers who have a love for the arts. I think it written poorly, the vernacular is at times unnecessarily formal or the casual word choice doesn't fit the situation. The stories in the book involve most of the characters throughout, but the content is lacking flavor, nothing interesting happens, or there is no offical end, it just stops, leaving you wondering what the point was. In the beginning the story takes place in the mountains. Suzanne ...more
Jul 02, 2010 Jill rated it it was ok
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Jan 09, 2016 Vickie Backus rated it liked it
I have to agree with Publishers Weekly about this one. It is beautifully written but awkwardly plotted and the characters don't have much depth.
Penn Chapman
Mar 04, 2014 Penn Chapman rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous and underrated novel. Huddle deserves a broader audience.
May 29, 2007 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-fiction
The plot of "La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl" switches back and forth between the story of a present day art history professor in Vermont and the artist George La Tour in 17th century France. The art history professor, Suzanne, is writing a paper on La Tour and focuses most of her energy on one of La Tour's paintings. Suzanne imagines the story behind the painting-- a love affair between La Tour and the Wolf Girl.

A good, relatively quick read...I hope to read more of Huddle's work in the future.
Jul 29, 2009 Sy rated it it was amazing
I liked the title (sometimes I pick up books in the library based on their titles). Unfortunately, I cannot say much without spoiling the book. What I found intriguing about this read is the author's uncanny ability to set a scene, complete with characters' reactions, thoughts, and desires. It was a quick read, mostly because I found it so interesting. It is a very realistic and touching portrayal of intimate relationships.
Judith Shadford
Mar 26, 2010 Judith Shadford rated it really liked it
Second reading. I was struck by the dense interlayering of secrets, lies and the occasional truth, so artfully woven in a multi-century story. The extended scene describing the Beethoven String Quartet rehearsal is a marvel...because that, indeed, is how wonderful music works.
Jun 17, 2011 Divvy rated it liked it
I'm conflicted about rating this book. I liked Huddle's writing, but I never really got sucked into the story. Perhaps I couldn't connect to the characters.
Oct 28, 2012 Alicia rated it it was ok
Not badly written, but completely forgettable.
Jul 10, 2007 Lea rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Huddle
Of course all books by David Huddle get 5 stars!
Mar 26, 2008 Elena rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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David Huddle (Born 11 July 1942) is an American multi-genre writer. His poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in Esquire, Harper's Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Story, The Autumn House Anthology of Poetry, and The Best American Short Stories. His work has also been included in anthologies of writing about the Vietnam War.

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