The Portrait of Mrs Charbuue doc ¹ 310 pages Û randarenewables

doc ´ The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque ✓ Jeffrey Ford

Any circumstances see her So begins an astonishing journey into Mrs Charbuue's world and the world of 1893 New York society in this hypnotically compelling literary thrille When I picked up this book I was expecting something along the lines of The Portrait of Dorian Gray There are a few similarities; in fact the Portrait of Dorian Gray is mentioned at the beginning of the book Both of them lift uestions they don’t really answer but that’s about as far as the similarities go This book is actually uite hard to define and classify it’s fiction and fantasy and mystery all at once and then when you look back on it there’s no real supernatural explanationWhat I found interesting than the plot and the progression of the story towards finding out about the Charbuues was the characters Pambo and Shenz but also the Man from the Euator and Borne the turdologist who reads the future in your past meals once digested if I may add I thought Ford did an amazing at capturing the real essence of those characters as his main character tries to capture Mrs Charbuues To get back to the Pambo at first I was surprised by the author’s style and his sometime heavy metaphors and I started wondering whether that was his style in general this is the first book I’ve read of him or if he was just portraying Pambo as an artist the book is a first person narration I think the latter comes closer to the truth in addition to that there’s Ford’s attempt and success at reproducing the late 19th century writing styleOverall I found intriguing and somewhat philosophical in the uestions it asks and the paradox it put forward I’m certainly going to give a try to Ford’s other books

doc The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque

The Portrait of Mrs CharbuqueA mysterious and richly evocative novel The Portrait of Mrs Charbuue tells the story of portraitist Piero Piambo who is offered a commission unlike any other The client is Piambo is a successful painter of New York society portraits Feeling that he is not living up to his artistic potential he impetuously accepts a mysterious commission from a blind man who accosts him on his way home one night As learns the next day he will be paid an unprecendented sum to paint Mrs Charbuue The catch? He cannot see her The lady sits behind a screen and tells him a bizarre tale of her isolated childhood as the daughter and assistant of a man who believed he could learn the future through close examination of individual snowflakes Meanwhile unrelated women die weeping tears of bloodA highly original work if at times a touch beyond belief There were some weaknesses in the second half of the novel And be warned all the characters are or less insane so don't read it if that sort of thing bothers you

Jeffrey Ford ✓ The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque book

The Portrait of Mrs Charbuque doc ¹ 310 pages Û randarenewables ß A mysterious and richly evocative novel The Portrait of Mrs Charbuue tells the story of portraitist Piero Piambo who is offered a commission unlike any other The client is Mrs Charbuue a wealthy and elusive woman who asks Piambo to paint herMrs Charbuue a wealthy and elusive woman who asks Piambo to paint her portrait though with one bizarre twist he may uestion her at length on any topic but he may not under A clever premise a bored and unhappy portrait painter is hired by the mysterious Mrs Charbuue to paint her portrait with one catch; he can't ever see her From behind a screen she will answer any uestion but no peeking If he manages to capture her image he will win enough money to free him from the necessity of portraiture and allow him to be an artist again masterfully written The truly clever part of this is that we as readers are in the same position as the painter we only know Mrs Charbuue through the stories she tells and we make our badly misguided or flatly wrong in my case guesses and assumptions about her along with the main character