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Night Street by Kristel Thornell
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May 18, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from June 28 to July 19, 2012

This novel about Australian artist Clarice Beckett, my first goodreads free book, was like a sustained prose-poem. Thornell’s language is beautifully sophisticated as it paints images like art, finding a tonal quality as did Beckett in her vaporous paintings. “The fine movements of her brush sewed her own fibres firmly to life.” (p.101) The plot is merely the timeline of the artist’s life, but I was content to submerge in it like a meditation, misty and fuzzy-edged. “… she realized that a painted view suggested something beyond itself: the substratum of an emotion, the air that a story might pass through.” (p.51) For lovers of art and poetry. It’s amazingly fine work for a first novel by a young author worth watching.
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