"I'd heard about him but had never seen him, the foreigner with the funny name who wandered the countryside painting pictures."
From a talented new author comes a poignant and haunting novel of creation and desire, passion and madness, art and love.
A young prostitute seeking temporary refuge from the brothel, Rachel awakens in a beautiful garden in Arles to discove...more
Oooh, what I'd give to see one in real life. First time author and art historian Sheramy Bundrick takes a character who is a mere footnote in history - a prostitute by the name of Rachel was presented with Vincent Van Gogh's severed ear by the artist himself - and spins an artful (pun intended) tale around what-might-have-been. Told from the first person POV, Rachel awakes from a nap in a city garden to find a odd gentleman sketching her - and a new friendship begins that quickly turns to love - ...more
I was impressed with the historic detail, interwoven with time periods and speculations about the paintings. The author researched this book by using documents and actual letters written by Vincent and his brother Theo. Great attention is paid to that historical accur ...more
I just couldn't with the writing. Maybe it is as bad as I think, maybe it is just not my taste, but I couldn't get through it. I liked the way Van Gogh and the protagonist are written and the plot as far as I got (though very predictable).
The point where I lost it (SPOILERS AHEAD), and I mean physically slammed the book and exclaimed aloud, was when the protagonist says she loves Van Gogh SUPER QUICK (I'm talking like 60 some pages?), they have spent a total of like 5 days together? ...more
We know all about the mythos of Van Gogh—how troubled he was; how plagued by a disorder that’s still under debate by scholars these days (hell, even I tried to diagnose him while reading this book); how (and this is something that strikes fea ...more
Sunflowers by Sheramy Bundrick
As I began reading this, it reminded me of Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. Sunflowers also explores one of the ‘what if’ theories behind a classic artist - in this case, Vincent van Gogh. However, as I read on, the chasm between the two books grew ever wider. Having finished Sunflowers, I would not equate it with Girl With A Pearl Earring, and at the risk of sounding nasty - Tracy Chevalier is a highly skilled novelist, Sheramy Bundrick ...more
Van Gogh left his soul and spirit in the beauty and vividness of his paintings, and Bundrick builds her story around them and the many letters he wrote to his beloved brother Theo. Most ch ...more
The novel is littered with imagery of Vincent's paintings, especially my f ...more
I found the book a fascinating and very easy read. The author wrote in a way that took me past the written word and deposited me as a spectator into the scenes. She vividly painted, with words, the gardens and w ...more
I've been intrigued by Van Gogh for a few years, so when I saw this book, I knew I had to read it.
The whole book is just beautiful. The story, told from the point of view of Vincent's mistress, Rachel, is so lovely and full of hope. This was such a sweet love story based on historical events in Vincent's life. I hated that the entire time, I knew it couldn't end happily. I had such hope that this sweet story could be different than reality, because I enjoyed and dreaded e ...more