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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Mr Mac and Me by Esther Freud

Esther Freud has written a masterpiece!  This evocative, atmospheric novel tells a haunting and meaningful story, and it is filled with brilliant characterizations and beautiful descriptions of Suffolk landscapes.  It will also appeal to fans of the wonderful Scottish artist, the great Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Set in the dark days of the First World War, the plot involves a young boy with an artistic bent who is mentored by the Sherlock Holmes-like Mackintosh and his charming wife.  Thomas has a rather violent father who wants him to study instead of pursuing his art, but Mackintosh encourages him.  In this coming-of-age story, Thomas falls for Betty, one of the 'herring girls'.

Everything comes together in this beautifully-written historical novel.


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