The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn

Audiobook CD - 2004
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Bewitching art experts and enthusiasts alike for centuries, the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries hang today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. In each, an elegant lady and a unicorn stand or sit on an island of grass surrounded by a rich background of animals and flowers. Little is known about them except that they were woven toward the end of the fifteenth century and bear the coat of arms of a wealthy family from Lyons. Tracy Chevalier takes readers back to the tapestriesrsquo; creation, giving life to the men who designed and made them, as well as the wives, daughters, and servants who exercised subtle (and not so subtle) influences over their men. Like the many different strands of wool and silk that were woven together into one cloth, the lives and fates of these people entwine in complex patterns, crisscrossing as they seek desires sensual and spiritual, temporal and eternal. An extraordinary story exquisitely told, Tracy Chevalierrsquo;s The Lady and the Unicorn weaves history and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry that rivals in grace and grandeur the masterpiece that inspired it.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Audio, p2004.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9780142800348
Characteristics: 7 compact discs :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: Blumenfeld, Robert
Donnelly, Terry


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JCLJoyceM Sep 27, 2017

Initially I wondered why I should be interested in a 15th-century playboy? I’ve long outgrown Harlequin Romances.
Thankfully the book is told from many viewpoints, not just that of the vain painter. This movement from one character to another is a refreshing technique and lets you see Nicolas, the painter, and the women he charms from many angles. I found myself researching information about the real tapestry around which the book centers.

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