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The Great Man by Kate Christensen
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Dec 02, 09

Actually a 3.5 rating.

It’s a good story but doesn’t have the kind of insights and wit found in Christensen’s other books. The female characters in the book are aging, and while Christensen’s portrayal of them focuses on the trials of aging women, it ends up seeming mostly stereotyped rather than felt. Nor does she offer any particular insights into the art world, although clearly there was an opportunity for it.

Abstraction-vs-figuration is a theme, and Christensen touches on gender issues faced by women during a certain era in the art world. She weaves this story with surprising interactions between characters, but it sort of had this historical feeling to it that I didn’t quite like. Actually, it makes me want to re-read Vonnegut’s Bluebeard. I think he manages to really poke fun at the art world, which is what I was hoping Christensen would do; but hers is a pretty serious, down-to-earth novel.
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