The Figures of Beauty Moving from Paris to Italy to North America a sensuous heartbreaking novel about art beauty star crossed lovers and the choices that define our lives from the award winning author of Summer Gone

  • Title: The Figures of Beauty
  • Author: David MacFarlane
  • ISBN: 9780062307194
  • Page: 164
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Moving from Paris to Italy to North America, a sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, star crossed lovers, and the choices that define our lives, from the award winning author of Summer GoneA young man arrives in Paris in 1968, where a series of unlikely events lead him to a tiny village in Italy and to the great love of his life A marble merchant meets a coupleMoving from Paris to Italy to North America, a sensuous, heartbreaking novel about art, beauty, star crossed lovers, and the choices that define our lives, from the award winning author of Summer GoneA young man arrives in Paris in 1968, where a series of unlikely events lead him to a tiny village in Italy and to the great love of his life A marble merchant meets a couple on their honeymoon, introducing them to the sensual beauty of Carrara An Italian woman travels to Canada on an odyssey to find the father she never knew A terrible accident in a marble quarry changes the course of a young boy s life and, ultimately, sets in motion each of these stories, which David Macfarlane masterfully chisels into a magnificent whole Oliver Hughson falls in love with wild, bohemian Anna over the course of one glorious summer in Italy Bound by a sense of responsibility to his adoptive parents, he leaves her and returns home an act he will regret for the rest of his life Through luck or fate, Oliver had found the woman with whom he was meant to be And now he must try to find his way back to her.Narrated by the daughter Oliver never knew he had, The Figures of Beauty is a love story of mythic proportions that reminds us of the powerful bond that can connect two people indelibly across oceans and time.

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    1. At the core of this novel is the area of Carrara, Italy which is famous for its marble quarries. All of the characters in this novel are in some way tied to this region in Tuscany. The book begins with the story of a woman who has grown up knowing only who her mother is and every time she tries to ask about her father she is given a vague answer. Her mother, whose name is Anna, has lived in the Carrarra region all of her life and is an eccentric sculptor. The story then jumps to Oliver, a Canadi [...]

    2. Somewhere in here is a beautiful book about marble and sculpture in Italy. There are many highlightable quotes and turns of phrase so perfect that readers will feel themselves exactly in the moment with the characters. Unfortunately, the plotlines are multiple and stretch over a period of over 500 years, and the multitude of characters and rapidly switching plotlines will leave readers adrift, unable to connect to any of them. By the final reveal, readers may be more invested with the process of [...]

    3. "When Lino learned his trade in the Morrow studio in Carrar he was thrilled with the process of carving stone. The sbozzatore first roughs out the block with his point chisel. This is the beginning. Then the more detailed carvers work the stone, first with flat and claw chisels, then with an ever-more-fine system of rasps. Then the polishing."Prologue: The StonePart One: The Point ChiselPart Two: The Flat ChiselPart Three: The Claw ChiselPart Four: The RaspsPart Five: SandEpilogue: Emery"When my [...]

    4. Full disclosure: I was chosen a First Reads winner, and received an ARC of The Figures of Beauty by David MacFarlane in the mail. That in no way influenced the review that follows. Where to start?! I wonder if David MacFarlane asked himself that question when telling this tale. Its several stories actually span more than 80 years and even include other time periods in order to describe the sculpted works of Michelangelo, Brancusi, and Canova. There are also several mentions of and quotes from Ch [...]

    5. Review also found at kristineandterri/2I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher Harper via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. The expected publication date is October 7, 2014.I have so many thoughts running through my head that I am sure I will not be able to express them how I want but alas I will try.While this story is truly about what it advertises I feel that a huge part of it is missing in the synopsis provided. While it is essentially a love story it is also ab [...]

    6. It's always great to discover a new author Canadian at that. David Mcfarlane's The Figures of Beauty is a thing of beauty. When I first heard that it dealt with sculpture I was skeptical. I soon discovered this was through my lack of knowledge. The descriptions of where marble comes from, the source of the great sculptures, the artists, and men who sweat and risk their lives to extract marble from the mountainside led me to a greater appreciation of sculptors and their works. An undertone is how [...]

    7. I tried to get into this book. I tried especially hard because it was the first giveaway title I'd received and I was hoping to give it rave reviews. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it through the first quarter of the book. For me, the writing style was "choppy". Every time the momentum picked up, and I'd start to lose myself in the setting or character, it would end just as quickly. It just didn't flow for me, and I had to give up. Hoping I don't ruin my chances of another First Reads selection, [...]

    8. I could not keep any of these characters/timelines straight and none of them had compelling enough stories to make me care. I still can not tell you what the point of this novel was.

    9. It is amazing how a certain region can have a hold over things which originate from that area. A unique product of an area can create impressions with people who live thousands of miles away and they may not even be aware of it. And it is that concept that David Macfarlane explores in his wonderfully complex novel The Figures of Beauty. Page 12-13It was unusual to see tourists. Carrara was off the beaten track. A correspondent for an English travel journal had recently complained: "Thanks to a s [...]

    10. Told in a series of vignettes that go back and forth through time, MacFarlane’s story is about a young Canadian man who spends a summer in Italy and falls in love. Oliver Hughson meets Anna Di Castello, a free spirit and a sculptor of marble, at a dinner party. There is a mutual attraction and the two young people enjoy the summer together until an illness calls Oliver back to Canada. Anna never forgives him for leaving. What ties this story together through the years that pass is marble, both [...]

    11. The book is centered around sculpture, particularly marble sculpture. You travel through different time periods all which interconnect in some way through marble. The lush language puts you in Italy where most of the book takes place. In any time period, you can really travel with this author's words.The story mostly follows Oliver, his doomed love story and his daughter. There are also references to artists, in particular Michelangelo as well as Anna (Oliver's lover and his daughter's mother) a [...]

    12. This novel powerfully recalled for me my own brief spell in the sun, in my case in Uzes, South of France, during a liberal period when the French banking system was nationalized and nobody really noticed. My partner and I had a beautiful new baby daughter, we attended lunches and dinner parties, and often gave breakfasts on Saturday morning when we called for oysters from the vendor across the street, which we devoured with Picpoul de Pinet, a wine made on the slopes overlooking the marine lagoo [...]

    13. First, let me say, this book is not for everyone. This book is quiet. This book is languid in its prose. This is a book to be savored, slowly. It's difficult to describe the story, though the book jacket summary does as good a job as might be expected. The interwoven narratives, which jump back and forth through time, often create confusion--a jarring sense of disorientation, especially at first. My advice is to stick with it, you'll be glad you did. Eventually, ever so gradually, the narratives [...]

    14. I won this book in the GoodReads giveaway. It is an interesting book and I learned a lot about marble and how it is excavated, transported, sculpted, etc. I had no idea.The first 3 chapters of the book are labeled 2013, 1944 and 2009. After that, the time period being mentioned is not labeled and it is a little hard, for me, to keep things in perspective. Also, new characters are introduced seemingly "out of the blue" but, in the end, it all comes together and you see where everybody belongs in [...]

    15. I found this a difficult read because of it's scattered arrangement. Told in too many voices and then a bunch of marble and Michelangelo thrown into the mix. To me it did not flow smoothly and I kept getting Grace and Anna confused, then the voice of the daughter referring over and over to "my mother", then references to the daughter's current job which seemed to me irrelevant. And hey then throw in some Germans and WWII! Unless you love reading about sculpture, marble quarries, and Michelangelo [...]

    16. An absolutely beautiful novel which challenges the reader to mentally absorb the visuals that are being slowly created as if the entire novel is being sculpted as we read.The story is beautiful and bitter sweet and filled with fascinating characters.I LOVED this novel and highly recommend it. The consideration of art, and what is art and how one should examine it, feel it, live it, with passion equal to Anna's is how I was moved and my creativity stimulated.

    17. Beautiful prose. Interesting contrast of settings between Tuscany and Ontario. But the love story was drawn out excruciatingly by long detailed descriptions of the marble industry and the history related to it. This is okay for background, context, but it was too much. The character of Oliver was well done, but the others were not especially well developed. And Anna was simply irritating rather than lovable or charming.

    18. Several threads of the story stretch from 1922 through 2013 with historical information of Michaelangelo and Charles Dickens thrown into the mix. The story leaps between 1922, 2010, 1968, 1540, 1944, back to 1928 and all points in between. And the author never really ties all these threads up at the end. I kept reading, hoping it would all make sense.eventually. Nope.

    19. I kind of got sick of hearing about marble after a while bute alternating character and time perspectives propelled the plot nicely. Cool idea for a book and the dreamy Italian setting was a bonus too. Craving the recipe for Anna's homemade rosemary shampoo though, for reals.

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