The House of Dreams

The House of Dreams

Book - 2016
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A tale inspired by the true story of Varian Fry and the real events behind Casablanca follows the experiences of a celebrated painter whose secret connection to the rescue of thousands of World War II-era artists is uncovered by a young journalist.
Publisher: New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9781250084538
1250084539
Branch Call Number: FIC BROWN, KATE
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 25 cm

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GLNovak
Jul 24, 2016

I'm afraid this book did very little for me. I didn't even finish it. I found the character of Gabriel Lambert to be the only one fleshed out. The others were touched on as if by an orchestra conductor who said 'now your turn but only a few snippets in stilted language so I can move on to the next'. The story is based on Varian Fry and the American Relief Center run during the early days of WWII in Marseilles, an organization with a list of artists that needed passage out of Europe. We learn very little of him other than he is 'a lovely man'. To me the author's dialogue skills are minimal, the development of the plot is choppy and the character portrayal is wooden. Many on GoodReads seem to have really liked this book so you may too, but I'm afraid I can't recommend it.

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