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The Improbability of Love

review The Improbability of Love 103 Annie McDee alone after the disintegration of her long term relationship and trapped in a dead end job is searching for a present for her unsuitable lover in a neglected second hand shop Within the jumble of junk and tack a grimy painting catches her eye Leaving the store with the picture after spending her meagre savings she prepares an elaborate dinner for two only to be stood up the gift gathering. Hannah Mary Rothschild was born into British nobility As daughter of the 4th Baron Rothschild himself a member of a renowned banking family she was surrounded by wealth and privilege from birth And art too lots of art In 1985 she became chair of the London National Gallery s Board of Trustees so it s no surprise that her debut novel is centred in this world It s the story of a painting and also of the people who covet it As the tale commences we witness a vast collection of art collectors gathering for the sale of the painting a sale that promises to produce a world record price It has recently re surfaced having been lost for some time Painted by Jean Antoine Watteau 1684 1721 the artist who revitalised the Baroue style it has caused a storm in the art world Everyone wants to own it With such a large cast of characters it s tempting to get completely lost in the lives of this eclectic group My advice is don t bother Some of the characters are uite interesting but most are stereotypical exaggerations of the type of monied individuals you d expect to be circling around a sale like this Better to focus attention on a small group central to the history of the picture This includes Annie McDee a young lady who buys the picture cheaply at a local junk shop and Rebecca Memling the daughter of an art dealer who is desperately searching for the self same painting Strangely the other character to pay attention to is the painting itself with its ongoing commentary feeding readers with information on its own history and wry observations about its various owners It s all uite amusing at times but really this whole art world caper flew high over my head With too many references I didn t get too many characters I didn t much care for and a ludicrously carbuncled ending I was thankful when it finally drew to a close It s also a ridiculously long book for such a slim storyI saw some advertising spiel that suggested it s the ideal book for anyone who enjoyed The Goldfinch well take it from me this book is nothing like Donna Tartt s tour de force It didn t do it for me I m afraid

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review The Improbability of Love 103 To possess her picture For an exiled Russian oligarch an avaricious Sheika a desperate auctioneer an unscrupulous dealer and several others the painting symbolises their greatest hopes and fears In her search for the painting's true identity Annie will uncover the darkest secrets of European history – and in doing so she will learn about herself opening up to the possibility of falling in love aga. I was painted to celebrate the wild cascades of love the rollicking bucking breaking and transformative passion that inevitably gave way to miserable constricting overbearing disappointment With occasional chapters narrated from the perspective of the painting as is the one above this perspective shares the history of both the painter Watteau and his fame this painting by Antoine Watteau named The Improbability of Love was the painting that started a movement the rococo As this story begins this painting is up for auction but uickly changes to share the story of how it came to be there and the months and years that precede this day that has the entire art world on the edge of their collective seats When Annie enters a junk shop she s passed by many times before She s on her way home to prepare a meal for her date a man she s only recently met through some dubious dating service offering a tune up on her love life and hopes to find something to give him as a gift something to encourage him to share his hopefully mutual feelings about her She can barely afford to live but has a bit of spare cash on her and finds a somewhat dirty small painting a man gazing adoringly at a woman Haggling to bring the price down she finally wears the only person working there to let her have it at a bargain price When her date doesn t even show or call any beauty she might have seen in this painting is now tainted by the humiliation she feels for being so hopeful and so wrong Fortunately Annie has another love and one that won t desert her food Not just eating it though she loves to cook and is hired a temporary position as a chef for the Winklemans who own Winkleman Fine Art In the meantime behind the scenes others are working in the background trying to locate for the purpose of retrieving this painting worth far than Annie paid for it The level of bumbling idiocy in these behind the scenes criminal activity falls a bit short of being worthy of Laurel and Hardy or Abbott and Costello but it keeps the story flowing while the history of how much art stolen by the Nazis during WWII was hidden some discovered maybe in the to be discovered future Jesse a young painter that Annie meets while visiting the museum becomes intrigued by the painting Annie still has and is determined to help her solve the mystery of who painted the art she purchased with the spare cash in her pocket He sees the brilliance the genius of the artist who is responsible for this painting and wants to help her establish its provenance This story is less about the painting than it is about Annie her desire her need to be seen really seen as she is and not as her alcoholic and disparaging mother views her or any of the others who can t look past what she may lack in appearance and see what who she really is and the promise she holds Her need to be recognized as worthy of recognition and love like anyone else But this isn t a harleuin kind of love story there s little sunshine lollipops or roses and if there is romance it s shyly hiding and biding its time showing its face now and then But remember it s the improbability of love that establishes its value Many thanks once again to the Public Library system and the many Librarians that manage organize and keep it running for the loan of this book

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review The Improbability of Love 103 Dust on her mantelpieceBut every painting has a story – and if it could speak what would it tell usFor Annie has stumbled across ‘The Improbability of Love’ a lost masterpiece by Antoine Watteau one of the most influential French painters of the eighteenth century Soon Annie is drawn unwillingly into the art world and finds herself pursued by a host of interested parties that would do anything. I am astonished by all those rave reviews because my goodness this is an awful book It reminded me of those Pollock s toy theatres with cardboard figures which you could manipulate across the stage Two dimensional characters and a creaky plot It contains some truly bad writing and some weirdly inaccurate details that a good editor might have dealt with For example Delia settled down to watch a daily show Pointless It started at 5 pm and at 450 exactly with everything just so Delia turned the television on to see Alexander Armstrong s beaming face does that make any sense Does it matter A good writer could sketch Delia in a few deft sentences without any of that detail But maybe Xander was promised a name check by the authorThe best thing one might say about the book is that it is apparently meticulously researched stuffed full of detail about art and the art world I read to the end because the weather was hot and I was too lazy to do anything else And then I read about the author a big beast in the art world so I can only assume that this is a rather feeble satire which will be appreciated in that milieu as an in joke There are some great books about paintings Donna Tartt s The Goldfinch Ali Smith s brilliant How To Be Both Michael Frayn s Headlong Iain Pears The Portrait all wonderfully written with fully fleshed characters and intriguing plots Do read them

  • Hardcover
  • 416
  • The Improbability of Love
  • Hannah Rothschild
  • English
  • 22 June 2020
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    summary The Improbability of Love read & download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý Hannah Rothschild Hannah Rothschild Ý 3 review This novel is an advertisement for how to try too hard with style and plot It feels false and is consistently overdone The voice of the painting is an intriguing idea if only because it would be thrilling to be able to access the past through this means but its voice was entirely contemporary and ridiculous because of it Even acc

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Improbability of Love] summary The Improbability of Love Hannah Mary Rothschild was born into British nobility As daughter of the 4th Baron Rothschild himself a member of a renowned banking family she was surrounded by wealth and privilege from birth And art too lots of art In 1985 she became chair of the London National Gallery's Board of Trustees so it's no surprise that her debut novel is centred in this world It’s the story of a painting and also of the people who cov

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Improbability of Love] read & download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý Hannah Rothschild Hannah Rothschild Ý 3 review I am astonished by all those rave reviews because my goodness this is an awful book It reminded me of those Pollock's toy theatres with cardboard figures which you could manipulate across the stage Two dimensional

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Improbability of Love] This is not an easy book to review since I have very mixed feelings about it It is a fast moving thrillerrom comsatire of the art world that centres on a lost painting by Watteau also called The Improbability of Love and its tangled history This is combined with the story of the woman who buys it in a junk shop and her new life as a chef specialising in themed events for the artistic establishment Some of the chapters are narrat

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Improbability of Love] Wanted An editor to transform an excellent premise into a good novel Your taskLeave the Prologue mostly untouched; it's a good beginning setting the stage and stimulating the reader's curiosity A record breaking auction with multiple competing interests foreshadows that drama suspense and intrigue will be coming as the story unfolds There's sure to be some unethical behavior and double dealing There's sure to be a send up of the

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    summary The Improbability of Love EBOOK / PDF [The Improbability of Love] Hannah Rothschild Ý 3 review This is a book that cannot fail to entrance a reader Hannah Mary Rothschild is a truly gifted writer who can weave vibrant worlds artfully The novel moves effortlessly between the past and present Art is clearly a passion for the author and you cannot help but get hooked into the story It begins with Annie a chef having suffered heartbreak

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    summary The Improbability of Love Hannah Rothschild Ý 3 review read & download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý Hannah Rothschild ‘I was painted to celebrate the wild cascades of love the rollicking bucking breaking and transformative passion that inevitably gave way to

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    EBOOK / PDF [The Improbability of Love] After 4 years of living in Japan I am still perpetually gobsmacked by the idiotic assumptions westerners make about Japanese people One of the key moments in this novel where our heroine meets the love interest occurs at an

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    read & download ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ý Hannah Rothschild Hannah Rothschild Ý 3 review summary The Improbability of Love Delightful and satirical The Improbability of Love takes us deep into London's art world Annie McDee a young chef buys a painting at a junk shop as a birthday present for a guy who never shows up for the romantic dinner she has prepared Her mother thinks the painting resembles one of the Old Masters so they lug it to a museum for a comparison Could it be a lost 18th Century painting by Antoine Watteau called The Improbability o

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