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The Painter of Battles by Arturo Pérez-Reverte
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Jul 24, 2010

it was amazing

My brother sent this to me; I'm not sure I'd have ever picked it up on my own, but it is a phenomenal book. Set in modern day Spain, it is the story of a photojournalist who has specialized in war photos and who has given photography up to paint a mural in a tower. A surprise visitor sets this tale going down a road you would never expect. The first chapter is incredibly slow, but don't let that stop you because it actually gives quite a lot of good info, and as soon as the visitor gets there, it starts to roll and never lets up. I can guarantee you will never look at a war photo the same way again. (For those who saw The Hunting Party, this book evokes a little of that movie, without the surreal and/or light tone of the flick, though.)

Rated: A+

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