"I'd heard about him but had never seen him, the foreigner with the funny name who wandered the countryside painting pictures."
From a talented new author comes a poignant and haunting novel of creation and desire, passion and madness, art and love.
A young prostitute seeking temporary refuge from the brothel, Rachel awakens in a beautiful garden in Arles to discove...more
Oooh, what I'd give to see one in real life. First time author and art historian Sheramy Bundrick takes a character who is a mere footnote in history - a prostitute by the name of Rachel was presented with Vincent Van Gogh's severed ear by the artist himself - and spins an artful (pun intended) tale around what-might-have-been. Told from the first person POV, Rachel awakes from a nap in a city garden to find a odd gentleman sketching her - and a new friendship begins that quickly turns to love -...more
We know all about the mythos of Van Gogh—how troubled he was; how plagued by a disorder that’s still under debate by scholars these days (hell, even I tried to diagnose him while reading this book); how (and this is something that strikes fea...more
The novel is narrated by Rachel, a prostitute, and Van Gogh's girlfriend. It was a good story o...more
The chapters begin with excerpts from Van Gogh's letters - those to his brother and f...more
I didn't know this before, but apparently historical accounts reveal that when Van Gogh cut off his ear, he took it to a brothel in Arles and "presented" it to a specific girl who worked there.
The author took that fact, and imagined the relationship between Van Gogh and Rachel, the prostitute. It's ver...more
It's clear how much passion, time, hard work, and dedication went into the creation of this novel. Obviously, it takes all of those components to write any good book, but Sunflowers particularly took years and years of research and commitment. Bundrick is passionate about both van Gogh and his work, and she meticulously recreated an ambiguous period of his life in a way that made him appear relatable and wholly human rather than just the grandiose, mysterious icon most people know him as.
For a number of years I have been enamored by the work of Vincent Van Gogh in a way most unlike any other artist I have encountered. I decided to read this novel in preparation to attend a visiting exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Rather embarrassing as it is to admit, besides getting lost in his dissonant color palettes and the specter of the “ear” incident, I knew very little of his life.
In Bundrick’s book, a whole imagined world unfolds befor...more
I found the book a fascinating and very easy read. The author wrote in a way that took me past the written word and deposited me as a spectator into the scenes. She vividly painted, with words, the gardens and wh...more
The novel is littered with imagery of Vincent's paintings, especially my f...more
This was truly a wondrous book. Before reading this novel i had little interest in Van Gogh as an artist, i knew he was some what disturbed and challenged in life, but this book encouraged me to investigate more into the troubled and very interesting life of Van Gogh.
This novel is a very tragic and heart breaking love story. Bundrick is awesome at getting the reader involved with the happenings of each character. There is NO other book that has made me care so...more
It centers around the relationship between Van Gogh and a young woman who worked in a brothel in Arles. The author wove together the things we know, such as his presenting his severed ear to the young woman,...more
SUNFLOWERS by Sheramy Bundrick is told from Rachel’s perspective and follows her relationship with Vincent from his time in Arles to Saint Rémy to Auvers with the latter parts of their relationship shown through their corresponden...more
I liked how Bundrick didn't spend too much time on the description of the paintings. Being so engrossed in the art field and the topic being paintings, she had the opportu...more
I really liked this imagining of van Gogh's life in Arles and beyond. The story is told through the eyes of Rachel, a young prostitute who may or may not have been the real recipient of the ear lobe. It's eminently readable and Rachel is a very likable heroine. The author does a wonderful job showing what may have been. I really enjoyed the author's way of showing van Gogh's obsession with art and color and light.
Vincent van Gogh is one...more