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Frayn has written a novel that is pure joy for those of us who geek out on art history. For others, the long expositions may be information overload of the worst and most tedious kind! So if you suspect you won't enjoy so much of that, do skip this and find another. But if you love every delicious detail of art history, iconography, and painting, you're likely to have a great time with this one.
With his background in theatre, Frayn knows how to keep a scene moving and the dialogue snappy. His research is prodigious and I was impressed with his breadth of artistic knowledge. I was never bored and enjoyed both the serious art historical aspects and the elements of absurdity, comedy, and farce.
Steven Crossley is a great narrator, always pleasing to the ear, and perfectly suited to this title.
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