Rembrandt's Mirror

Rembrandt s Mirror Hendrickje a girl from a strict Calvinist family leaves her provincial home to find work as a housemaid She enters Rembrandt s flourishing workshop five years after the death of the great artist s wi

  • Title: Rembrandt's Mirror
  • Author: Kim Devereux
  • ISBN: 9781782396741
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Hendrickje, a girl from a strict Calvinist family leaves her provincial home to find work as a housemaid She enters Rembrandt s flourishing workshop five years after the death of the great artist s wife, an event that continues to haunt him It is a house full of secrets and desires, and Hendrickje soon witnesses a sexual encounter between Rembrandt and Geertje, his impl Hendrickje, a girl from a strict Calvinist family leaves her provincial home to find work as a housemaid She enters Rembrandt s flourishing workshop five years after the death of the great artist s wife, an event that continues to haunt him It is a house full of secrets and desires, and Hendrickje soon witnesses a sexual encounter between Rembrandt and Geertje, his implacable housekeeper She is shocked to the core by their intense carnality and yet, slowly, she is drawn to Rembrandt by the freshness with which he perceives the world and the special freedom he seems to possess Rembrandt is a man of dark corners, strange passions and a ruthlessness born from his need to put his art first An involvement with him could be her ruin or her liberty Rembrandt s Mirror explores the three women of Rembrandt s life, and the towering passions of the artist, seen through the eyes of his last, great love, Hendrickje.

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    1. I was really looking forward to reading this book but was bitterly disappointed. I did not learn anything about Rembrandt I didn't already know and although the writer says Rembrandt led a very interesting life she did not manage to translate that into her book. I also did not like the fact most of the book was written in the first person from Hendrickje's POV and then suddenly changes to chapters in the third person about what Rembrandt was up to. The most interesting part was the end of the bo [...]

    2. This was a beautiful read. When Hendrickje comes to work for famed artist Rembrandt, her strong religious beliefs are shaken to discover he's having an affair with his housekeeper and has been since his wife died 5 years earlier. Slowly she begins to fall for him and begins her own affair with him. Beautifully written this looks at Rembrandt as a flawed man and the three women who loved him.

    3. Rembrandt’s Mirror, set during the Dutch Golden Age, brings artist Rembrandt into the limelight. The book takes place during the painter’s later years, plagued by a long series of personal and financial losses.The novel is anchored by the three women in in his life. Firstly, the reader is introduced to his wife Saskia, who dies in 1642 and leaves Rembrandt paralysed by grief. Secondly, Geertje, his housekeeper and lover. And finally, we are introduced to Hendrickje, a young maid who becomes [...]

    4. Knjiga koja će se dopasti svim ljubiteljima kako Rembranta, tako u umetnosti uopšte. Veoma deskriptivna, nabijena jakim emocijama. Zaista sam uživala u ovoj knjizi. Jedini razlog što joj nisam dala 5* je to što je možda previše dramatična za moj ukus i prepuna patnji koje su veoma slikovito opisane.

    5. Kim Devereux is a credit to her teachers at Edinburgh University and Bath Spa. She uses words to paint a canvas portraying the light and shadows of life much in the same way as Rembrandt did with paint. The prose managed to touched my heart and soul with its intensity and intimacy.

    6. It was a quick read, and I learned a bit about the painters style. However, I did not like the rush through the main character's life after she finally gets with Rembrandt. I wanted more of their young life and not the pain of death repeated, though it did make me feel sad so it isn't the fault of the writing. A little gratuitous at times as well, and at random.

    7. OK. A good imagining of Rembrandts possible motives for his treatment of Geertje. And fascinating descriptions of 'seeing' the unseen - painting the inside and not just the outside, bringing a character to life on canvas. But the book did little to make Rembrandt, the man, more likeable.

    8. I was asked to review Rembrandt’s Mirror beautifully written by Kim Devereux from Lovereading. This is her debut novel and what a great start to her writing career.This story is essentially about the three women of the great Dutch artist Rembrandt’s life who lived from 1606-1669. This story concentrates on his later years after the deaths of his wife and three children. Hendrickje Stoffels who is his last great love and housemaid comes to work for him five years after his wife’s death. She [...]

    9. Take a booktrail around Amsterdam setting -Rembrandts MirrorOh the writing is like the sweeping brush strokes of an artist who paints with words. When I read that the author is an award-winning short-film director and producer of documentaries, then you can definitely see this in the writing an the cinematic feel of the novel.Like many people I admit to knowing little of the man himself but by weaving fact and fiction together I could visualise everything about his life and the women he loved. T [...]

    10. From the first moment I was fascinated by this book. First of all, it was the visual appearance that impressed me so much. The rich blue of the cover, and above all the golden edges of the pages, have charmed me before I even had begun to read. I had barely opened the book and I was captivated by the extremely clear and vivid style of the author. The book took me back to the Netherlands of the 17th century and it is so graphically written that I really felt pushed back into these years. At the s [...]

    11. Maybe I'm being harsh with two stars, but while I enjoyed the very personal story of Rembrandt's loves and late life, there was something missing for me. Perhaps I needed more history, more weight and truth mixed in with the fantasy of what his love life was like. Did very much enjoy reading this while living in Holland; knowing Rembrandt walked the same streets and areas I've visited is quite amazing.

    12. Rembrandt surrounded himself with inspirational works of art but his personal life was anything but beautiful. The novel delves into the periods of grief that he endured, his financial woes plus the difficult relationships he established with his live-in maids. For a novel intended to reflect on the master behind beautiful and much-loved portraits and etchings, this novel seemed a little drab.

    13. I really enjoyed this book. I do like reading about people from the past in fiction form. At the back of the book it talks about each of the main people mentioned in the book. This is a story about Rembrandt's wife and loves and some of his paintings. He lived in the 1600, such a long time ago.This book is beautifully written so a really lovely and easy to read. My copy: Atlantic Books ISBN 9781782396772It's a Trade paper back with beautiful gold edging.

    14. Rembrandt and his women are an intense mix of emotions, betrayals and feelings in this historical fiction. The genius of an artist does not exclude the weaknesses of a man, but art is a strongest presence in this book and you want to go and find more about his famous work and look at them with a fresh interest.

    15. Beautifully written narrative, inspired by Rembrandt's paintings and linking them to events in his life. The book was meticulously researched and although the chapters are vignettes which are almost stand alone, like short stories, the author's passion for her subject matter is evident throughout.

    16. The writing style of the narrative was different, refreshing. It wasn't the happiest book I have ever read, however, it was tender with emotion and I liked that. Well written.

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