Tales of the new arrival - his savagery, his paintings, his copper-red hair - are quick to find the warden's wife. From her small white cottage, Jeanne Trabuc watches him - how he sets his easel amongst the trees, the irises and the fields of wheat and paints in the heat of the day.
Jeanne knows the rules; she knows not to approach the patients at Saint-Paul. But this man - paint-smelling, dirty, troubled and intense - is, she thinks, worth talking to. So, ignoring her husband's wishes and the dangers, and despite the word mad, Jeanne climbs over the hospital wall. She will find that the painter will change all their lives.
Let Me Tell You About a Man I Knew is a beautiful novel about the repercussions of longing, of loneliness and of passion for life. But it's also about love - and how it alters over time.
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By bookylady on 11-11-17
Beautiful writing, classy story.
I spent many happy hours listening to this wonderful tale of the interaction between Vincent van Gogh and the wife of his Provence sanatorium's supervisor.
Based on one sentence in a letter Vincent sent to his brother Theo, the narrative unravels many threads about love, friendship, marriage, creative impulses (good and bad) beauty and mental health.
Susan Fletcher is a talented storyteller and brings the past alive in a very accessible way. I could see Vincent in his Provence world, painting in the fields and arousing local gossip.
Starry, starry paintings; starry, starry novel. Loved every minute of it.
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By David Gunn on 04-02-18
Beautiful, thought provoking, loved this book. Always wonderful writing from Susan Fletcher
Beautiful, thought provoking, loved this book. Always wonderful writing from Susan Fletcher. Get lost in Provence and get an insight into Van Gogh”s later life and work and the people who may have shared it. This is only part of this wonderful book.