Pictures at an Exhibition Paperback
'An enchanting debut' Woman's Own November 1942 Dear Elizabeth, I've got myself a new project, to cheer myself up a bit.
It has absolutely nothing to do with the war effort.
We're completely starved of art in London these days.
Anything decent was stashed away by the authorities years ago.But the National Gallery is going to dust off one masterpiece each month, put it on display, and allow us masses to trail in front of it.
I've promised myself solemnly that I will go along each month to see whichever painting it is that has been chosen, then write and tell you all about it.
So, what do you think? It must be better than knitting socks for sailors or collecting old tin to turn into Spitfires.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 26/04/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099560449
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Review by nicx27
This is a dual time frame story. Claire and Rob, in modern day London, have experienced a tragic event which threatens to drive them apart. Daisy, in wartime London, writes to her distant cousin and friend, Elizabeth, Rob's grandmother who moved to Canada just before war broke out. Along with news of her life, Daisy tells of the picture of the month, a painting displayed every month at the National Gallery from those archived for safety in wartime.I really enjoyed this book. The descriptions of the paintings was interesting and led me to look up each of them to see what Daisy was describing. The two strands of the story work well together as Claire finds solace and then healing in Daisy's words.I found it a very easy book to read, no great dramas or earth-shattering reveals, but a pleasant book to pick up and enjoy.