Monday, March 22, 2010

This is one of Michael Frayn's lighter works, but enjoyable nonetheless. In it a weak plot is put in service of an enjoyable analysis of Bruegel's paintings and, eventually, the painter himself (it helps to come to the book with some knowledge of his oeuvre as this may heighten your reading enjoyment). As the story goes on the plot and characters become less important. If you have an interest in 16th century Dutch painting, the intellectual fervor centered around Antwerp or the details of the Counter-Reformation, this book is probably just right for you.

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