The Restoration Artist [Hardcover] by Lewis DeSoto

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That he chooses to paint figures instead of his usual landscapes is depicted as a kind of triumph, but it’s also an unfortunate irony given how uneasily DeSoto’s characters sit within his effortless literary landscapes.
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The journey of a man who loses everything in one terrible moment

When Leo, a young painter, arrives on La Mouche, a tiny island off the coast of Normandy, in 1966, he is in crisis, devastated by the loss of his French wife and child. The local priest, Père Caron, hopes that the island will in time work its magic and free Leo from guilt and despair. Soon, Leo finds himself strangely drawn to two troubled people: Lorca, a brilliant composer fighting demons from her own past, and Tobias, an orphaned boy whose wildness masks an inability to speak. But can Leo ever move beyond his own losses to find, perhaps, a new definition of love and the restoration of hope?

This luminous novel from the acclaimed author of A Blade of Grass explores the intersection of creativity and love and the ways in which the past is woven into the present. DeSoto’s marvellous painterly eye, his affinity for the natural world and his deep insight into human nature—in particular, the act of artistic creation—have produced an unforgettable work of fiction set in a landscape that is the stuff of dreams.

 

About Lewis DeSoto

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Lewis DeSoto was born in South Africa and moved to Canada as a teenager. His first novel, A Blade of Grass , was an international bestseller and an International Book of the Month selection. Longlisted for both the Man Booker Prize and the Prix du Meilleur Livre Ãtranger, the novel was also a finalist for the Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize and the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing. An artist as well as a writer, DeSoto authored a biography of the painter Emily Carr. He lives with his wife, the artist Gunilla Josephson, in Toronto and Normandy, France. Visit him online at www.lewisdesoto.com.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Phyllis Bruce Books. 288 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on May 10 2013

That he chooses to paint figures instead of his usual landscapes is depicted as a kind of triumph, but it’s also an unfortunate irony given how uneasily DeSoto’s characters sit within his effortless literary landscapes.

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Reviewed by Emily Donaldson on May 10 2013

Sentimentality and melodrama, too, are often uncomfortably close...The Restoration Artist also failed to change my belief that it’s very difficult to adequately describe the process of making art (music, painting) without sounding dull, pretentious or slightly cartoonish.

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