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The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
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Dec 26, 2008

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Read in December, 2008

This book has been sitting on my bookshelf unread for years. I'm glad that I finally took the plunge and read it. It turned out to be a pleasant surprise.
The Lady and the Unicorn is a historical novel, set in 15th century France. The title of the novel refers to a series of mysterious tapestries currently on display at the Musee de National du Moyen Age in Paris. The tapestries depict a noblewoman in a series of different scenarios--putting on or taking off her jewels, feeding a parakeet, playing a harp--near a unicorn. The book attempts to tell the story behind the tapestries, how and why they were made, what they mean, and whom they were made for. Each chapter is told by a different character, all who are involved in the making of the tapestries in one way or another. The novel not only tells the story of making the tapestries but also tells background stories of all the characters--their lives, their hopes and fears, and their relationships and interactions with each other.


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