Feb 10, 12
Read in July, 2008
Fascinating subject matter, truly terrible writing! It read, at times, like a lousy bodice-ripper romance novel! There were passages that made me cringe and gag over the dialogue and the descriptions of the love scenes. For something written by a female author, I was startled at how shallow the explorations were into the possible thoughts and feelings of the female characters. It was just bad! However, I did enjoy the descriptions of how the tapestries were made, and I eventually got to the end of the story - Although I regret reading it because now I think those beautiful tapestries have been ruined for me because my head is filled with such trash in association with it. I had never read any books like this before, which took an actual historical event and invented an entirely fictional tale behind it. (I've read myths, legends, and historical interpretations of history before, but this book takes unapologetic liberties with the history) I don't plan to go anywhere near the other books by this author. I'd like my enjoyment of the TRUTH about art and history to remain unmolested.