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The Road to Urbino de Roma Tearne
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The Road to Urbino (edição: 2020)

de Roma Tearne (Autor)

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Ras, a Sri Lankan who fled his country as a child following the violent death of his mother and his father's disappearance, has committed a crime. Dogged by his past and unable to come to terms with the killing of his mother, he struggles to make a new life for himself in the UK. Alex has loved Dee since he was 19 but failed to realise that it was a love he wouldn't find again. After Dee's marriage, he too struggles to build a meaningful life for himself. But when Ras' and Alex's lives connect, each man takes a new path culminating for Ras in the theft of a della Franceso painting, while Alex comes ever closer to Dee through tragedy in her life.… (mais)
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Título:The Road to Urbino
Autores:Roma Tearne (Autor)
Informação:Aardvark Bureau (2020), 350 pages
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On the surface, this novel is about the theft of a painting by Piero della Francesca. At its heart, it’s a novel about relationships and trauma. A Sri Lankan refugee awaiting trial for stealing the painting talks to his barrister about his childhood, the trauma of civil war, his British wife and their daughter, the breakdown of his marriage, and the events leading up to the theft. An English author who crossed paths with the refugee in Italy adds more layers to the narrative.

Ras, the refugee, tells his story in second person. Perhaps the distance this creates is the reason I was drawn more to Alex’s story and his close friendship with art historian Charles Boyar and his wife, Delia, and the tragedy that befalls them.

While several women are important to the story, the reader only sees them from the perspective of the two men telling their stories to the barrister. Elizabeth, the barrister, is the most inscrutable character of all, as she listens but never speaks.

The characters resonated with me, and they have enough life that I think I’ll still remember them months from now. I cared what happened to them, and I wanted to see how their stories resolved. The technical elements, especially the second person passages, were a distraction from the flow of the novel. If the structure worked as it should, it wouldn’t be so noticeable.

This review is based on an advance reading copy provided by the publisher through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. ( )
  cbl_tn | May 9, 2021 |
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Real Rating: 3.5* of five

I RECEIVED AN ARC FROM THE PUBLISHER. THANK YOU.

Similar to Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch in initial conditions...an art crime reverberates through the characters' lives, the painting that's stolen has resonances in the story's structure that only reveal themselves the deeper you get...Roma Tearne did not decide to re-write someone else's idea by any means.

When Ras, one of our main characters, escapes his war-torn country after terrible losses, he looks at the UK with the hungry eyes of a victim in search of a savior. The trouble with that, Ras, is that no external being can save you from yourself. He does experience the blessing of a peaceful country's many opportunities, and he takes advantage of them. Job as a museum curator, marriage, a family, a life...all the good stuff. The issue for Ras is, of course, the unhealed horrors of genocide live in his brain. His wife gives him a daughter, as he sees it, and he dotes on the child. Not so much on the mother. Lavish loving attention but nothing for Mama? The inevitable occurs, and the illusion of normal life is ripped apart again.

Lola, his daughter, is a case study in "when bad children happen to loving fathers." Spoiled by his undivided attention and by nature selfish, she is a Hot Mess. Listening to Daddy's stories of the Old Country is a way to get what she wants, but not in the least a way to feel connected to him or to the weird foreign place he originates. Ras isn't a reflective person, at least not at first, but he pips to his essential trapped loneliness at last. What does he do, go to a shrink? No. He goes to Italy! He will tour the countryside and Look At Art.

He does this, all right. He looks at Piero della Francesca's The Flagellation of Christ a bit wrong.


The rest of the review is at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud because it's too long for here. ( )
  richardderus | Jan 23, 2021 |
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I won this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is a DNF. I just could not get into the characters and felt the backstory took up most of the plot. ( )
  NancyNo5 | Jan 6, 2021 |
This is a cleverly told tale. A lawyer is interviewing her client trying to establish his reasons for stealing an internationally famous artwork. He has been accused of an act of terrorism. The lawyer interviews not only Ras, the Sri Lankan immigrant accused of the theft but other people who have had an effect on his ultimate decision. The book takes us on a journey from war torn Sri Lanka to the Italian hillsides and art galleries.
It had this reader seeking out images of the paintings referred to and once again the author has created an empathy within myself for people who experience the loss of homeland, the feeling of dispossession, of being invisible within an alien culture. ( )
  HelenBaker | Dec 28, 2020 |
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I was drawn to this book because of the art plotline but must admit to being a little confused by all of the various subplots. It wasn't a bad read but it wasn't super compelling either. The beginning and ending were fine but it did bog down a bit in the middle. ( )
  BooksCooksLooks | Aug 20, 2020 |
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Tearne's training as a painter shows in the subtle descriptions that fill each page with lyrical power, and the beautiful detail that provides a respite from the emotional desolation each character struggles with. This could be devastating, but in Tearne's skilled and sensitive hands the effect is softened, almost redemptive, making the novel a satisfying read.
adicionado por Nickelini | editarThe Independent, Anna Stopes (Aug 5, 2012)
 
Tearne is also an acclaimed artist and her love of painting infuses the book. She draws a vivid portrait of Tuscany's landscape. Its light, colours and texture throw into sharp relief the drab grey of Ras's prison cell. As well as dwelling on love and loss, The Road to Urbino is about the redeeming power of art.
adicionado por Nickelini | editarHuffington Post, Lucy Popescu (Jul 11, 2012)
 
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Ras, a Sri Lankan who fled his country as a child following the violent death of his mother and his father's disappearance, has committed a crime. Dogged by his past and unable to come to terms with the killing of his mother, he struggles to make a new life for himself in the UK. Alex has loved Dee since he was 19 but failed to realise that it was a love he wouldn't find again. After Dee's marriage, he too struggles to build a meaningful life for himself. But when Ras' and Alex's lives connect, each man takes a new path culminating for Ras in the theft of a della Franceso painting, while Alex comes ever closer to Dee through tragedy in her life.

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