Review: Lust For Life by Irving Stone

 by Irving Stone

My Review (4 Stars ~ Liked it a lot!)

If you are curious about the famous man who created famous art work, Vincent Van Gogh, then this book is for you.  The reason I rated it four stars instead of five is that it seemed a little too long.  Other than that, it was very insightful and entertaining.  This is historical fiction largely based on facts.  The novel was initially published in 1934.

The author, Irving Stone, based his story on Vincent’s letters written to his bother Theo.  Theo was Vincent’s benefactor and supported him throughout his life.

Vincent wrote Theo over 600 letters during his short lifespan.

In the novel, it is mentioned that Van Gogh wanted to know his subjects more so that he could better paint them.  Knowing more about Van Gogh helps to better understand his art.  I didn’t know much about Van Gogh and feel now, after reading Lust For Life, I can understand his art work much better.

The narrator kept my interest, however he used the same type of voice for several of the different female characters.  The time periods were distinct, so it really didn’t matter much.

 

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I wanted to see some of the works described in the  novel and so purchased the hard copy – (coffee table book) – Vincent by Himself: A Selection of Van Gogh’s Paintings and Drawings Together with Extracts from His Letters.  I highly recommend this book, if you can find it, or one like it, as a companion to Lust For Life.

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2 comments

  1. Pat, thank you for a wonderful, well-written review. The audio book and art book both sound terrific for fans of this great artist, such as myself. As I mentioned before, I read this many years ago (a paperback copy with very small print). I wrote a book report about it for school, in longhand, which the teacher read last, because it was not typed.

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  2. I remember when you talked about this on another post. I love Van gogh’s paintings so learning about his background would be interesting. I think at some point I’d like to try a book by irving stone – he has great press!

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