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The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
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really liked it
bookshelves: usa, france, belgium

You can tell from the first few pages that the author really did her homework on the history of tapestries. Everything is very well-documented, from how exactly a tapestry was made to the usual way a Belgian workshop was organized and run. (The best medieval workshops for tapestries were in Belgium).

It's lovely that Tracy Chevalier thought of a way to explain the famous unicorn tapestries in Cluny and how they came to be. Her knowledge of the art world in Paris and how everything was commissioned is also impressive.

I also appreciated a sense of realism regarding the characters and their relations. The motif of the lady and the unicorn may be one of the most poetic themes in the world, but most of the times the characters in the book are decidedly prosaic. The only thing I could wish for more was that the ending was less neatly rounded off (the final twist was a bit unnecessary, in my opinion).
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Reading Progress

November 8, 2017 – Shelved
November 8, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
July 14, 2018 – Started Reading
July 18, 2018 – Shelved as: usa
July 18, 2018 – Shelved as: france
July 18, 2018 – Shelved as: belgium
July 18, 2018 – Finished Reading

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