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The Island of Books

The Island of Books A fifteenth century portrait painter grieving the untimely death of his unrequited love takes refuge at the monastery at Mont Saint Michel an island off the coast of France He haunts the halls unti

  • Title: The Island of Books
  • Author: Dominique Fortier Rhonda Mullins
  • ISBN: 9781552453384
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • A fifteenth century portrait painter, grieving the untimely death of his unrequited love, takes refuge at the monastery at Mont Saint Michel, an island off the coast of France He haunts the halls until the monks assign him the task of copying manuscripts though he is illiterate His work heals him and grows the monastery s library into a beautiful city of books, all undA fifteenth century portrait painter, grieving the untimely death of his unrequited love, takes refuge at the monastery at Mont Saint Michel, an island off the coast of France He haunts the halls until the monks assign him the task of copying manuscripts though he is illiterate His work heals him and grows the monastery s library into a beautiful city of books, all under the shadow of the invention of the printing press.Dominique Fortier is an editor and translator living in Montreal She is the author of five books, including On the Proper Use of Stars and Wonder Rhonda Mullins is an award winning translator and writer living in Montreal, Quebec.

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    1. Dominique Fortier Rhonda Mullins

      Dominique Fortier est n e Qu bec en 1972 Apr s un doctorat en litt rature l Universit McGill, elle exerce les m tiers de r viseure, de traductrice et d ditrice Elle a traduit une quinzaine d ouvrages litt raires et scientifiques, dans des disciplines aussi diverses que les sciences politiques, la linguistique et la botanique Elle vit Montr al Du bon usage des toiles est son premier roman.

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    1. I found this book very confusing. It is about Le Mont-Saint-Michel, historically and in the present day, focusing on the life of the monks. But the time period and narrator switch suddenly without marking (hoping this is just in the review copy) and it took quite a while to figure out that one of the voices was female. The author seems to want to write a history of the island and include all her research but to do so in novel form; I was interested in the historical elements but struggled to kee [...]


    2. My thanks to NetGalley and Coach House Books for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.Ok, this is just an ARC, maybe the finished copy is more like the blurb, but probably not.This book sounded so beautiful and full of books, as per the blurb and the title, however books made a VERY scant showing. A cameo, if that. To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. The location in which this book takes place is a real one. The story of the artist at the monastery a moving and interesti [...]


    3. Went to the book fair that was part of the Flyover Festival here in Columbus, and picked up this book, because how I could I resist that title? The author is Québécois, which gave it extra cachet, and then the back cover says "The library at Mont Saint-Michel was once known as the City of Books." So you've got France, history, books, and an author from Quebec, clearly this is a must-read for me. But then I discover that I am more Anglo-Saxon than I like to think: This book is confusing and off [...]


    4. A most unusual book, hard to classify. In the end, I had to call it a dream sequence, conceived by a very talented writer. Some of the passages are spectacularly insightful; for example: "It is not enough for us to learn, to know and to believe. We still have to invent." If that passage alone were all that the book contained, the writing of it would have been a worthwhile endeavor. There are a number of other similarly insightful and epigrammatic fragments. So why only three stars? Because in th [...]




    5. Like others have mentioned, this was a disappointing read. Based on the premise outlined in the blurb on the back I expected there to be some sort of more obvious connection between both narrators. Instead, it felt very disjointed and a lot of the time was difficult to follow who was actually speaking. In the end, the author's narration ended up adding very little to it.One positive thing I'll say is that the book itself as a physical object is quite a nice thing to hold in your hands. A page at [...]


    6. The Island of Books was not quite what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it all the same. An artist, in the fifteenth century, loses the love of his love, puts down his paintbrush and, lost and grieving, moves to the monastery at Mont Saint-Michel. He lives amongst the monks, spending his time haunting the hallways until he is asked, despite being illiterate, to help make copies of old manuscripts in the library.The narrative was less about the healing power of books, as was sold in the blurb, but [...]


    7. Very interesting novel about the abbey on Mount Saint Michel. The writing is a fusion of history, mixed with fictional stories of a man who came to the abbey after the death of his lover and the story of modern day writer and her daughter as she tries to write this book. I enjoyed the entanglement of different times and people and places. A beautiful book.


    8. I was quite surprised to be honest how much this novel moved me. Unrequited love taking on such battles on its journey but then in the end, finding strength and courage all under the shadow of the invention. Lovely read. Dominque Fortier is quite the visionary


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