The Matisse Stories

The Matisse Stories

Book - 1995
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Random House, Inc.
These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart. For if each of A.S. Byatt's narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling--about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being. Beautifully written, intensely observed, The Matisse Stories is fiction of spellbinding authority.

"Full of delight and humor...The Matisse Stories is studded with brilliantly apt images and a fine sense for subtleties of conversation and emotion."--San Francisco Chronicle

Baker & Taylor
In a trio of short stories--each inspired by a particular Matisse painting--the ordinary events of everyday life are stripped away to reveal the extraordinary pain, desire, joy, and creativity of human existence. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c1995
ISBN: 9780679438823
Characteristics: 134 p. : ill ; 19 cm


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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 30, 2014

The three stories in this attractively designed book are exquisitely written, and are made most memorable by their striking descriptions and imagery. The female protagonists are portrayed in interesting predicaments that many of us will relate to.

Mar 20, 2013

perfect. beautiful, sharp, funny. not jewels but tiny palaces. byatt has a keen visual eye and social ear.

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