The Lady and the Unicorn (Copy 3)
12 journalers for this copy...
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.
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.
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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.
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
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!
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.
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.
Journal Entry 6
-- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet (please use controlled release) in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Released 14 yrs ago (11/12/2005 UTC) at -- By post or by hand-ie ring, trade, RABCK, meet (please use controlled release) in Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
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Mailed off to librarymousie!!
Arrived today. Thanks a bunch!
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.
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.
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.
Arrived in today's mail. I just finished a book last night, too. What perfect timing!
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?
Received as a bookring. I'm looking forward to reading it. It's at the summit of Mt. TBR.
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,
I have one bookring ahead of this, but I can't wait to read it!
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!
Mailed to indygo88 today!
DC# 0304 1070 0002 4159 6231
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.
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.
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.
The last of the book ring, huh? I plan to read this while on vacation next week then send it out.
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.
Returned home after traveling around the country. Many thanks to all who participated in the bookring!
Journal Entry 25
Algiers, 40 Brattle Street, Harvard Sq. in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA on Monday, March 12, 2007
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.
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
at on Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Released 12 yrs ago (3/28/2007 UTC) at
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On the way to convention!
This well-traveled book came in a box of books to be released at the convention this month. Thanks very much!
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.
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.
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 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.