Underpainter Hardcover – Oct 1 1997
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Top Customer Reviews
I was also pleased that Ms. Urquhart was able to depict with sensitivity the effects of trauma on the human psyche. She was not only sensitive but very graphic if one was able to travel with her during the story's telling. It is rare to find such idiosycratic topics dealt with in the context of a novel much less to find them dealt with really well.
The most compelling thing about the novel, however, is the warmth and compassion that she develops and portrays in her characters. In spite of their very human frailties, they are lovable if not always likeable.
I look forward to reading other Jane Urquhart works!
Luminous landscapes inhabit the psyche of the artist, Austin Fraser, like pulsing echoes which haunt the desolate, frozen compartments of his heart.
I am mesmerized by the gripping power of this tale about a man unwilling and therefore unable to commit - neither to friends, nor love, nor landscape - nor even (and especially), to his own art.
His life - the love of a woman, the paintings, the landscape he inhabits - all of this detail and feeling - he obscures and obliterates with surgical acts of "Erasure".
I highly recommend reading this powerful and moving story by Jane Urquhart.
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While I appreciated the clever use of imagery and symbolism in the book, and the author's grasp of a multitude of subjects, the emotional and moral infancy of the main character... Read morePublished on Dec 19 2001
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This book, in spite of the fact that it received the Governor General's Award for Fiction in 1997, is a complete waste of time. The talk about painting and art is incessant. Read morePublished on Jan. 22 2001 by Douglas B. Hyndman
Although the narrator is not the most likeable person, this book is so beautifully and honestly written that i found myself deeply involved in his life. Read morePublished on Jan. 19 2001 by Penelope Blue