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The Yellow House, by Jeroen Blokhuis, paints a fictional picture of Vincent van Gogh’s life between August 1888 and December 1889 when he lived in Arles in Southern France and where he created many of his masterpieces.

In his debut novel Jeroen Blokhuis tells the story from van Gogh’s point of view, from inside his mind, providing a fresh and revealing look at how this int
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Paperback, 123 pages
Published March 2nd 2017 by Holland Park Press (first published September 6th 2015)
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Sue
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is an intriguing book about the time that Vincent Van Gogh spend in Arles in the south of France from 1888-9. He had grown tired of Paris and moved to Arles for the sunshine and the vibrant colors. Even though he wasn't accepted by the people in town, this was one of his most productive periods as an artist. His mental health deteriorated here and in late 1888 he cut off part of his ear and was sent to a psychiatric hospital to recover from his delusions. The book is written from Van Gogh's ...more
Bernadette Jansen op de Haar
Jeroen Blokhuis laat in deze debuutroman Vincent van Gogh zelf aan het woord. In het Arles van 1888-1889. Een authentieke stem. En geschreven in een weergaloze stijl. Feit of fictie? Fictie natuurlijk. Maar fictie om een grotere waarheid te vertellen. Niet de schilder Van Gogh als onaantastbaar icoon, maar als een mens van vlees en bloed. Kon Vincent vrienden maken? Wie vertrouwde hij? Wat dacht hij van de wereld? Wilde hij ook niet gewoon dezelfde dingen die andere mensen willen: liefde en aand ...more
Qukatheg
Oct 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.

Place Lamartine vertelt over een interessante periode van het leven van Vincent van Gogh, vanuit het oogpunt van de schilder zelf.
Ik weet niet hoeveel van het verhaal er op feiten is gebaseerd, of hoeveel er fictief is, maar eigenlijk maakt dat voor de leeservaring weinig uit. De beschrijvingen van zijn omgeving, en vooral zijn opvatting daarvan, zijn erg beeldend, erg mooi.
Een bijzonder aangrijpend verhaal.
Courtney
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The author's note says a lot about the reaction to this novella - "The Vincent in this novel very much tries to fit in, but is often baffled by how people react. It is almost as if her can only express himself through his paintings, which in turn flummox the public". Being inside the mind of one of the greatest painters was intriguing and for the most part entertaining. We are able to discern the internal struggles as Van Gogh interprets reality and the 2-dimensional canvas world. With Gauguin b ...more
Hadeel Arwak
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
The yellow house is written from the point of view of Van Gogh. And it tells the story of him struggling to fit in with the people are around him in Arles, France. The writing was a bit confusing at times and i felt that the transition between scenes was not smooth but this could be the result of it being translated from Dutch. Aside from that, the novel was very detailed and reading from Van Gogh's point of view we get to see his thoughts and desires to belong and make friends and his dream gat ...more
Fictionophile
Dutch author, Jeroen Blokhuis tells Vincent van Gogh's story as the artist would have told it. The novel depicts van Gogh's life when he lived in his beloved 'yellow house' in Arles, France between August 1888 and December 1889.

Vincent van Gogh has always been a bit of an enigma. He seemed to be a man who loved people, yet he always felt himself an outcast, an outsider. He seemed tormented with the longing to 'belong', to be a part of a community of friends. He felt that in this new place, Arles
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