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Headlong by Michael Frayn
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Mar 23, 2011

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I couldn't tell whether the author was being deliberately pendantic, arrogant, and judgmental of those not in the know because his character was supposed to be that way, or whether it really was like reading Chritopher Hitchens on art. The story of a (non art expert) who thinks he has unwittingly uncovered a long missing Bruegel, and his machinations to acquire the piece at all costs (for the sake of the world, he claims, but it seems the money doesn't hurt). Quite an annoying character. Some was interesting, but I had trouble following some of the iconography and his lengthy treatises convincing himself of the authenticity and found it a bit tedious.
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