Good Reading : November 2016
GOOD READING SEPTMEBER 2016 7 in the famous Yellow House (which he also depicted in a painting). We get a clear picture of the artist’s passion for the light and the colours in the landscape around Arles and the people he saw working in the fields, which all inspired him to paint. He hoped to bring like-minded artists to the town to share the exper ience and to immerse themselves in the stimulating sur roundings. With the help of his brother Theo, Vincent rented the Yellow House. Artist Paul Gauguin also came to stay with Vincent. Gauguin would eventually witness Vincent near the peak of his distress. Murphy seeks to understand Vincent’s friends and the residents of Arles as a means of getting an accurate insight into Vincent’s state of mind. She pored over his letters to his brother Theo, spent time researching the elusive woman called Rachel (to whom Vincent gave his severed ear segment), examined the town’s reaction to Vincent’s behaviour. Was he someone they should have been frightened of? Vincent, if he were alive today, would have been given better support to cope with his debilitating psychological torment. Even with the love of his friends and brother, he still couldn’t cope with life. He shot himself in the chest in 1890, when he was only 37 years old. Broken-hearted, his beloved brother Theo died less than a year later. I’ve now broken my non-fiction run and have just started reading Devour by L A Larkin. This author is Australian and is one of the few female thriller wr iters who has bestsellers under her belt. What do I think of it? So far so good! FOREWORD BRETT PIERCE works in overseas aid, a career that has taken him to more than 70 countries. See page 50 ALEX HENDERSON is a writing and journalism student who spends too much time thinking about superheroes. See page 26 DAVID WHISH- WILSON lives in Perth, where he writes novels and teaches creative writing at Curtin University. See page 30 And Baxter, who raises a paw to all his naughty terr ier friends.
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