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The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals by Michael Kernan
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Aug 15, 11

Read in August, 2011

Having majored in art in college, I love to read books about the lives of famous artists. I spotted this one at a favorite library book sale a couple of years ago, but it sat in my TBR (to be read)pile ever since. I should have read it right away! This book is a thoroughly enjoyable and delightful story. It was so easy to get engrossed in the tale and find yourself hoping that the diaries are indeed authentic. The author managed to depict Hals not as a stuffy historical figure, but as a pretty cool guy with a dry sense of humor and zest for life. This book has the same sort of feel as "Girl with a Pearl Earring" and "Girl in Hyacinth Blue" (also two of my favorites), but was published years prior. I was sad to discover that author Michael Kernan passed away in 2005. Would have loved to read more of his works.
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