The Opposite of Art

The Opposite of Art

A Novel

Book - 2011
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Baker & Taylor
"A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit-and-run driver. His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description. Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe. But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it? After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist: the daughter he never knew existed, and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago."--Publisher's description.

Simon and Schuster
A great artist is cast into the icy Harlem River by a hit-and-run driver. His heart stops, and he sees something that defies description. Presumed dead by all who knew him and obsessed with the desire to paint the inexpressible, he embarks on a pilgrimage to seek help from holy men around the globe. But is it possible to see eternity without becoming lost within it? After a quarter of a century, when the world begins to whisper that he may be alive, two people come looking for the artist: the daughter he never knew existed, and the murderer who hit him on the bridge all those years ago.

Publisher: New York ; Nashville : Howard Books, 2011
Edition: 1st Howard Books trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781416583486
1416583483
Branch Call Number: DIC
DIC
Characteristics: 362 p. ; 22 cm

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stephsbooks88
Jan 06, 2019

Overall I found this novel to be interesting and engaging, it's worth a read. The magical realism element took me by surprise, though. Most of the novel felt pretty realistic, so I forgot the back jacket mentioned magical realism. An artist is inspired by something he sees, a sort of vision, and travels the world trying to find it and paint it. Most of his experiences do not read as magical. But then near the end, suddenly, something definitely magical. It felt a little disjointed to me.

ontherideau Aug 08, 2012

The subject headings don't touch the mystical aspects of this captivating novel.

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