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The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier
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Nov 20, 2011

did not like it
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Read on November 20, 2011

It used to be that once I started a book I felt compelled to finish it no matter what. Thank goodness I have since decided that life is too short to read bad books! Otherwise I would have suffered my way through to the end of this book knowing all the while that I would have been better off abandoning it early on. Granted, the subject matter is intriguing – the series of six tapestries that were woven in Flanders from designs created in Paris in the late 15th century. And to be fair, the book did describe some interesting details about the weaving process itself, as well as explaining the symbolic nature of the tapestries themselves and the way they depict the five senses. If nothing else the book prompted me to google “lady and the unicorn” in order to view images of the original tapestries which were discovered in 1841 and can be seen today by those lucky enough to get to Paris. But the book itself was a disappointment probably because the writing leaves a lot to be desired – namely because the characters lacked depth and were so cliché-ridden -- the main clichés having to do with heaving bosoms and bulging cod pieces. All in all, this book rates one star and a place on my " life is to short to read bad books" list.
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message 1: by Emma (new)

Emma totally agree and enjoy that bookshelf name


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