Sunday, November 18, 2007

I Am Rembrandt's Daughter by Lynn Cullen



This is great historical fiction. It not only gives insight into Rembrandt himself, it gives clues to the era and Holland. Cornelia is the bastard daughter of Rembrandt and his mistress/common law wife Henjricke. Her best friend is her half brother Titus, son of Rembrandt and his wife Saskia. Titus marries into wealth, even as Rembrandt sinks further into debt because society has shunned him, not only for his relationship with Henjricke, but also because his painting style has changed from smooth canvases to bold strokes painted on with thick oils. Cornelia deals with embarassessment over her social status, a crush on a wealthy boy and the plague, which took her mother and is again threatening her city. There are notes in the back and brief bios. Only one character is completely fictional. The rest are based on real people who touched Rembrandt's life. I couldn't wait to get a book of his paintings to see the ones referred to in the book. Yay for me.

2 Comments:

At January 10, 2008 at 10:23 AM , Blogger Carey S. said...

I really enjoyed this novel, it was well written.
Yah!

 
At January 30, 2008 at 7:06 PM , Blogger kathy said...

Well written, but I wasn't super absorbed by it. Interesting twist of what might have happened with Cornelia. The weaving of truth and supposition was clever. I would have liked even a black and white reproduction of the paintings at the chapter headings in addition to the names. Not sure if it stands up to the others under consideration for the top 20. MAYBE (but probably not)

 

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