The Lady and the Unicorn (Copy 3)

by Tracy Chevalier | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0452285453 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tobysrus of Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on 9/29/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by tobysrus from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, September 29, 2005
From Amazon:

Tracy Chevalier's tale of artistic creation and late-medieval amours, The Lady and the Unicorn is a subtle study in social power, and the conflicts between love and duty. Nicolas des Innocents has been commissioned by the Parisian nobleman Jean Le Viste to design a series of large tapestries for his great hall (in real life, the famous Lady and the Unicorn cycle, now in Paris's Musee National du Moyen-Age Thermes de Cluny). While Nicolas is measuring the walls, he meets a beautiful girl who turns out to be Jean Le Viste's daughter. Their passion is impossible for their world--so forbidden, given their class differences, that its only avenue of expression turns out to be those magnificent tapestries. The historical evidence on which this story is based is slight enough to allow the full play of Chevalier's imagination in this cleverly woven tale.


Journal Entry 2 by tobysrus from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Thursday, September 29, 2005
Offering as a bookring:

1. When you receive the book, make a journal entry, so we all know where it is.
2. Read the book within a month of receiving it in the mail.
3. Journal with your thoughts/opinions/etc.
4. PM the next person on the list to get their address.
5. Mail to the next person on the list, and include this information in a journal entry, so we all know where the book is.
6. Enjoy!
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Participants to date:
1. aannddee - Arden Hills, MN
2. librarymousie - Gonic, NH
3. wolfprincess - Newton Falls, OH
4. cheli-garza - Dallas, TX
5. GrannyAnn- Rochester, NY
6. MellySweetHeart - Liberty, MO - NO ANSWER TO PMs
7. hulamonkey - Newark, OH - NO ANSWER TO PMs
8. silverstarry - Berkley, CA
9. indygo88 - Lafayette, IN
10. GABAGirl - Toledo, OH
11. bluemoonapril - Grand Rapids, MI
12. tobysrus - Cambridge, MA - Back to me!

Journal Entry 3 by tobysrus at to a bookcrosser in sent by mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Saturday, October 01, 2005

Released 14 yrs ago (10/1/2005 UTC) at to a bookcrosser in sent by mail, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to aannddee - Arden Hills, MN now!

Journal Entry 4 by aannddee from Arden Hills, Minnesota USA on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Received late last week....and in my haste to begin reading it, forgot to record that it had arrived safely.

Thank you tobysrus for sharing this book.

Journal Entry 5 by aannddee from Arden Hills, Minnesota USA on Monday, November 07, 2005
While I liked the story, I didn't find it as compelling as Girl with a Pearl Earring. That said, it was still fun to read, and I find it very interesting to read fictional stories about art that was created so long ago.

I have sent a PM to the next reader, and will send this off when I receive a mailing address.

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Mailed off to librarymousie!!

Journal Entry 7 by librarymousie from Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, November 19, 2005
Arrived today. Thanks a bunch!

Journal Entry 8 by librarymousie from Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA on Friday, December 16, 2005
A relatively quick read. While not perhaps as engaging as Girl With a Pearl Earring, definitely an enjoyable book. These particular tapestries are favorites of mine, so I enjoyed a story centered on their creation. I also particularly enjoyed the way in which Chevalier presented the narrative--in first person, but with chapters dedicated to characters central to the tale [the painter, the weaver, etc.]

Thanks, tobysrus, for sending this along in a ring.

This will be mailed tomorrow to wolfprincess in Ohio.

Journal Entry 9 by wolfprincess from Newton Falls, Ohio USA on Tuesday, December 27, 2005
I got the book today in the mail. When I get done with a couple I have in front of it that are rays/rings.

Journal Entry 10 by wolfprincess from Newton Falls, Ohio USA on Monday, January 02, 2006
I just finished the book. I have to agree with libraymouse with all that she stated about the book. I did not like the book as I did as The Girl with a Pearl earing. It was very hard for me to start and read the book becasue it was not what I expected. I do love the art work and always have but I am not sure if it was I was not in the mood to read this type of book at this time or it just did not catch me as I needed it to from the start as I expeceted it to. I will get this off in the mail on 1/6/05 as soon as I get cheli-garza address.

Journal Entry 11 by cheli-garza from Dallas, Texas USA on Friday, February 17, 2006
Arrived in today's mail. I just finished a book last night, too. What perfect timing!

Journal Entry 12 by cheli-garza from Dallas, Texas USA on Monday, February 27, 2006
I enjoyed reading the story, but didn't like it. Does that make any sense? It was beautifully written, but didn't turn out quite as I would have wished. The epilogue more than makes up for that, however! This will be in the mail to GrannyAnn in the morning.

Oh, yeah... the lion DOES look like a dog, doesn't it?

Journal Entry 13 by GrannyAnn from West Henrietta, New York USA on Friday, March 24, 2006
Received as a bookring. I'm looking forward to reading it. It's at the summit of Mt. TBR.

Journal Entry 14 by GrannyAnn from West Henrietta, New York USA on Monday, May 08, 2006
I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked the way the story was told through different viewpoints. I did like this better than The Girl With the Pearl Earring. I'll send this off as soon as I get an address to mail it.

Thanks for sharing,tobysrus,

Journal Entry 15 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Thursday, May 18, 2006
I have one bookring ahead of this, but I can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 16 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Sunday, May 21, 2006
Once you've read a Tracy Chevalier novel, you will know what to expect if you read any others. I don't mean that as a criticism though - she consistently writes interesting historical novels with a large cast of characters, many of whom have secrets. I found this book to be more similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring than Falling Angels, and not simply because of the artwork that the books center around. Falling Angels had a slightly darker, more ominous tone than the other two books. This was a fast, enjoyable read for a rainy weekend. Thanks to tobysrus for sharing this book!

Journal Entry 17 by silverstarry from Berkeley, California USA on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Mailed to indygo88 today!

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Journal Entry 18 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Thursday, May 25, 2006
Got this today -- that was fast!!! I've got several bookrings ahead of it, so it might be a little bit of a wait, but it looks like a quick read, so hopefully not too long!

6/6/06 -- Starting book today.

Journal Entry 19 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Thursday, June 08, 2006
I really enjoyed this one -- it kept me engrossed and I feel like I zipped through it pretty quickly. This was my third Chevalier novel. I'm in the minority and have to say I liked "Pearl Earring" less than the others, although I've found all of them enjoyable so far. I like Chevalier's writing style -- I think she does a good job of writing through various character viewpoints, and even though much of what she writes is only very loosely based on fact, she brings the stories alive and makes me want to believe that's how things really happened. A good read, overall! Thanks for sharing, tobysrus!

I will be posting this off tomorrow to GABAGirl.

Journal Entry 20 by GABAGirl from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Thursday, June 15, 2006
Arrived!

Journal Entry 21 by GABAGirl from Louisville, Kentucky USA on Monday, June 26, 2006
I liked this book very much. After reading the first chapter, I was very put off by Nicolas and nearly did not continue the book - but it was the same with Earring and Angels...so on we went. As before, all I needed was some context and some points of view from other characters. This turned into a great story; I especially enjoyed the weaver's family and all the related sideplot. (Though I wish the epilogue had not been added!)

Thanks so much to tobysrus for including me in this ring.

Journal Entry 22 by bluemoonapril from Grand Rapids, Michigan USA on Wednesday, July 12, 2006
The last of the book ring, huh? I plan to read this while on vacation next week then send it out.

Journal Entry 23 by bluemoonapril from Grand Rapids, Michigan USA on Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I like the author's style and have read her other books but enjoyed them more. Still I enjoy the concept of creating a backstory to a work of art, and telling that story from various character's perspectives.

I went to the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans and a replica of this tapestry was hanging in the lobby, I looked at it a little closer than I may have before reading the book.

I'm sending it back to complete the bookring, apologies to all, it got packed away in a move rather than shipped out as I had initially thought.

Journal Entry 24 by tobysrus from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Monday, February 26, 2007
Returned home after traveling around the country. Many thanks to all who participated in the bookring!

Released 12 yrs ago (3/13/2007 UTC) at Algiers, 40 Brattle Street, Harvard Sq. in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA

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At the March 2007 Bookcrossing Meeting.

Journal Entry 26 by tobysrus from Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, March 14, 2007
I've collected all unclaimed books at the March Boston Bookcrossing meeting. Plan to take them to Charleston, SC for the Bookcrossing convention.

Journal Entry 27 by tobysrus at on Wednesday, March 28, 2007

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On the way to convention!

Journal Entry 28 by CharlestonBCers from Charleston, South Carolina USA on Tuesday, April 03, 2007
This well-traveled book came in a box of books to be released at the convention this month. Thanks very much!

Journal Entry 29 by FancyHorse from Montgomery, Alabama USA on Thursday, April 26, 2007
I picked this up at the Book Buffet at the 2007 Bookcrossing Convention in Charleston, SC. I enjoyed Girl In a Pearl Earring by the same author, and I am looking forward to reading this.

Journal Entry 30 by FancyHorse from Montgomery, Alabama USA on Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I started reading it this evening. A friend saw me reading it, and asked about it, and I promised to let her have it when I'm finished.

Journal Entry 31 by FancyHorse from Montgomery, Alabama USA on Monday, May 07, 2007
I finished it last night, and will take it to my friend tomorrow night (she's the president of our dance club).

I enjoyed the story and the historical background of the time and the art and craft of tapestry making. Now, the museum in Paris where they are displayed is on my list of places to see! I'm glad to know there are replicas in New Orleans; I might get to see them sooner!

I did not care for the explicit "love scenes" between Nicolas and his women. In my opinion, they could have been alluded to in a more general way. That's what I like about the classics I've read; writers were more discreet in past centuries.

Journal Entry 32 by FancyHorse at - By Hand in Given to a friend, Friend -- Controlled Releases on Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (5/8/2007 UTC) at - By Hand in Given to a friend, Friend -- Controlled Releases

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I gave this to a friend at the dance club, and told her about Bookcrossing.

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