The backdrop for this is a real Boston art theft in the 90s. I've always liked art / artist / painter movies (Lust for Life (1956), Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Portrait of Jennie (1948), Mr. Turner (2014), Museum Hours (2012), and of course Art and Craft (2014) and Tim's Vermeer (2013) - also looking forward to Mrs. Lowry and Son (2019)). This one ended up as my #3 book for the year to date.
I know this isn't a book review topic.
Simply a book recommendation one.
However, with respect; perhaps everyone could include just a few words as to why they're recommending a certain book. That would genuinely be appreciate.
Happy Holidays to everyone on CPF.
I have been enjoying Bill Tilman's Seven Mountain-Travel Books lately. He describes his early climbs in Africa with Eric Shipton, and his epic 2500-mile bicycle trip across the African continent. His account of climbing Nanda Devi is a classic in the mountaineering literature. Tilman writes with an active voice and great attention to interesting detail. There is plenty of wry British wit mixed in, and even a little wisdom. Great travel adventures by a fine writer.
This may be the finest First World War memoir I have read – if you liked Elton Mackin's Suddenly We Didn't Want to Die or Hervey Allen's Toward the Flame, you will love No hard feelings!.
John Lewis Barkley, chronicles his experience in world war one as a scout sniper serving in the 3rd Division, including his use of a captured German machine gun that he fired from a knocked out French tank, driving back a German advance, for which he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
Especially now. It's an escapism story and is classic King. It's wild, far-fetched, and one of the more enjoyable reads I've had in a while. I'd say it's a story akin to Alice in Wonderland, and it explores some dark themes - particularly familial neglect.