The book by Jojo Moyes: A picture of you
A novel two plots: Jojo Moyes’ new best seller ” A picture of you ” ranges from World War I to modern times. Main subject is the painting of a woman which destroys marriages and love brings.
This book revolves around a painting. And in this painting everyone sees something different: love and fulfillment, says the owner. Ridicule, says the former owner. Others argue that the image had power to destroy marriages – or again there was the most beautiful painting that they have ever seen. And those who can be seen in the picture, says it must be regarded as looking into a magic mirror.
In her new novel’ A picture of you’ selects best-selling author Jojo Moyes a more complex arrangement than usual. Two love stories she tells, connected by a painting. Once it’s about a painter and his muse, the tearing apart of the First World War. And then it goes to a young widow and a former police officer in London in the presence of which can clash court proceedings to looted art.
Said image shows a young woman with white skin and reddish hair. With beautiful white skin and very beautiful reddish hair, but that’s not all the different viewers. It’s about the look of the young woman: challenging, proud, self-confident. The look of an aristocrat, although the image is actually a saleswoman shows a simple woman.
Captured has that look a student of Henri Matisse, with more sense of color than for conventions. So this first, entitled’ jeune femme’ and secondly an entire novel. It is the next success of the bestselling author Jojo Moyes.
From the mourning of the confident woman
The former journalist, is mainly famous for the love novels’ A whole half a year’ and’ Far and close’, In it she talks about the unlikely and improbable that very reason predictable love stories. Here it is different
The dramaturgical idea behind’ A picture of you’ is more demanding and yet quickly understood. It is about the parallels in both stories. Moyes reflects experiences and developments. The widow get the picture given by her late husband, showing the Muse, because he has his wife recognized in this view.
And now the widow should turn back over the history of the grieving, withdrawn woman in those self -confident woman who sees a challenge in the world and no disgrace. The feel loved and beautiful place and even kept their pride when they all seem to turn away from her as she prefers, all friendships and financial security at risk brings the company of her husband to leave to heirs presumptive rather than this.
As it has exemplified the muse of the painter hundred years earlier. You that has been slowly degraded by the village heroine an outsider in the War of friends and neighbors, after the German soldiers were billeted for evening meals at their hotel and she recognized her chance, her husband, the painter, one by a trade commander might be able to get out of a POW camp.
‘ Sometimes perseverance is quite a feat’
Both can be seen as heroines, as does the father of the widow of her once say on how proud he she is. And when she asks why, he says:’ Just for perseverance. Sometimes, my girl, that alone is a feat.’
‘ A picture of you’ is a touching, an easy- to-read and like, a good novel, what is that currently there is hardly anyone who can write as entertaining as Moyes. He will no doubt have its deserved success
It would, however, can be much better too -. What is that Moyes can pass like all dramatic possibilities so good on the first 350 pages. Instead both stories consistently to entangle with each other, they read over large parts of two different novels.
In the first third of the second story arc plays no role. Potentially available voltage arcs are not exploited because the reader over large parts of the novel much more about the history of the painting as the white widow from London, as they too late and half-heartedly with their research begins to live their plane image.
Unlike Moyes’ previous figures (and unlike the Muse ) lacks the London widow of interest in anything other than itself. And so the only narrative focal point of the whole novel is now once this seller with their wooden shoes and reddish hair, who lived at the beginning of the last century. The painter has recognized at first glance.
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