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Lust for Life Paperback – Jun 1 1984
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About the Author
Irving Stone was born in San Francisco on July 14, 1903. He wrote several books in a genre that he coined the “biographical novel,” which recounted the lives of well-known historical figures. In these novels, Stone interspersed biography with fictional narrative on the psychology and private lives of his subjects. He also wrote biographies of Clarence Darrow and Earl Warren, and short biographies of men who lost presidential elections. He died on August 26, 1989.
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I would say this book is not as good as The Agony and The Ecstacy, which is an absolute must read for anyone, but it is a brilliant novel and I will recommend it to everyone, even if you know nothing about art or no particular interest in Van Gogh. You will not be disappointed after reading this book.
This book is well written, though at times unrelentlessly depressing, you wait for some small good thing to happen and it never does, or rarely does. You also get a good impression, no pun intended as to how Impressionism was quite a revolutionary art form, ( though now its sadly becoming cliche and yuppiesaque)it avoids technicality while giving a good description of what Impressionism was or i suppose is.
This book left me in tears, and i think anyone would enjoy reading this book .
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A masterpiece by Irving Stone. You admire this book more if you have seen van Gogh's paintings. But I really wonder, does this book truly depicts van Gogh's life? Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Monamigabi
The book takes you to the level where one forgets being only a reader. Gogh lived a deep, intense life and the book does justice by bringing out his personality very well. Read morePublished on Nov. 17 2003 by Proma Ray
I found this book to be very inspiring. Van Gogh's life makes the average person's everyday life seem completely bland and uninspired. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2003 by Chris Phillips
Though this fairly well-written book tells A story about the possibilities in the life of Vincent Van Gogh, it's not what actually happened. Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2002
Irving Stone, a pioneer of the biographical fiction genre has produced a solid work. Depictions of Van Gogh's obsession with his art as well as depictions of the artistic... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2002 by seanrahan
Lust For Life, first penned by Irving Stone over 60 years ago, still stands out as the definitive biography of Van Gogh despite all the years that have since brought us new books... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2001 by george r meurer
This was probably the most spellbinding book I've ever read. From the moment Vincent arrived at the Barinage, I became absored completely in the story of this man and couldn't put... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2001 by Pete Popov