- Title: The Woman Who Heard Color
- Author: Kelly Jones
- ISBN: 9780425243053
- Page: 213
- Format: Paperback
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Lauren O Farrell is an art detective who made it her mission to retrieve invaluable works stolen by the Nazis during the darkest days of World War II Her quest leads her to the Manhattan apartment of elderly Isabella Fletcher, a woman who lives in the shadow of a terrible history years ago her mother was rud to have collaborated with the Nazis.But as Isabella revealLauren O Farrell is an art detective who made it her mission to retrieve invaluable works stolen by the Nazis during the darkest days of World War II Her quest leads her to the Manhattan apartment of elderly Isabella Fletcher, a woman who lives in the shadow of a terrible history years ago her mother was rud to have collaborated with the Nazis.But as Isabella reveals the events of her mother s life, Lauren finds herself immersed in an amazing story of courage and secrecy as she discovers the extraordinary truth about a priceless piece of art that may have survived the war and the enduring relationship between a mother and a daughter.
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For me, a historical fiction novel is at it's most successful when it gives the reader a fervent need to learn and know more about the subject matter as soon as they close the book. I wasn't completely sure about The Woman Who Heard Colors in the first few chapters, but as the book progressed and we got more into the heart of the story, I was blown away. This book is about WWII, and it's about Hitler, and it's about a female art dealer with synesthesia. It touches on the horrors taking place in [...]
My small book group (3 of us) read this and pretty much all agreed. The neurological phenomenon included in the title is not a major part of the story; seemed that it had potential to tell the reader more about this as well as make the character more interesting. The juxtaposition of the current characters (young woman searching for art stolen by the Nazis along with Isabelle, the elderly daughter of the story's main character) are not particularly interesting and seem unnecessary. The main char [...]
I have always had a fascination with synesthesia (the brain’s association of sound with color or any other mixing of the senses), which is what initially drew me to “The Woman Who Heard Color” by Kelly Jones. Although the book promises some World War and World War II suspense (which isn’t my cup of tea); I still decided to dive-in. “The Woman Who Heard Color” follows a ‘two-books-in-one’ style with a plot taking place in both the turn of the century and in 2009. Although the two [...]
I'm not quite sure what to say.I expected magnificence with the 4+ star rating. I was disappointed. It's good, but not stellar. Ms. Jones' effort is fine, she writes well, but this was not the engaging, I-cannot-put-it-down-must-read-one-more-chapter novel I was expecting. The tie of the modern situation to the past felt forced. Then within the story - too much predictability - the first encounter with Hitler, obvious; the first encounter with Keller, equally obvious.Further, the whole synesthes [...]
There are many important books, both fiction and non-fiction that tell the story of what happened during WW II in Germany and in other European countries . Many of these focus on the horrific things that happened to the Jews in the concentration camps and the death camps. So why did I like a book that focuses on saving art work? Because it was about preserving the creative spirit that is a symbol for the humanity that Hitler and the Nazis tried to destroy. It is a book about how the human spirit [...]
I was recommending this book in one of my group, and as I was posting it I though what a beautiful cover and the synopsis sounded great. So I immediately went and bought it and started reading.I could not put it down, what a story. It is a story of survival and strength, we get a real feel of the terror living in such a turbulent time. It was also filled with art, mystery, suspense and history. The author did a wonderful job of writing Hanna's story, I felt like I was experiencing it all while [...]
Art Detective, Lauren O’farrell, is investigating art stolen during World War ll in hopes of restoring pieces to their rightful owners. She is looking into, Hanna Fleischmann, who was rumored to be a Nazi Collaborator. She contacts Hanna’s elderly daughter, Isabella to probe about Hanna’s past. She is stunned when Isabella not only invites her into her home, but also shockingly announces she has possession of a Kandinsky painting, which was believed to have been destroyed during the war. I [...]
A German teenager, Hanna, who associated music with color and for whom color spoke clearly and loudly, manages through the help of her sister, to obtain a housekeeping job in the home of an art dealer. Through his tutelage,and that of his ailing wife, her appreciation for art grows. At dinner parties at the house, she serves artists such as Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and Jalewsky. Later, when she works at the art gallery, her education is further enhanced and her skills in understanding clien [...]
This book has a fabulous plot and premise. It follows Hanna, a German girl from the country, who moves to Munich in 1900 to work in the household of a well-known Jewish art dealer. Hanna's special ability to see colors when she hears voices, music, and other sounds, as well as hear beautiful music when she sees colorful paintings (the neurological condition called synesthesia), catches the interest of her employers, and she begins to learn about art and music and rub elbows with such famous arti [...]
Loved this book! A modern day art history detective meets with the daughter of a supposed Nazi collaborator, thought to have helped Hitler steal great works of art. From that we learn Hanna's story and see from within a family and country, Hitler's total dominance of his people. This has a little different slant though which is what made it fascinating for me, because Hanna has synesthesia, she can look at colors and hear music, and becomes am art agent at her Jewish husband's gallery. This nove [...]
While I enjoyed the book, I was dissapointed that it did not delve in the synesthesia of the title character more. Since it is what begets the title of the book and what draws the title character, Hanna, to art in the first place. I also found that in the end, I still did not feel as if the whole story of Hanna was ever truly revealed. Had this been a biography pieced together from survivor accounts and family stories, this would have been understandable, but for a novel whose intent is to revea [...]
3.5 StarsThis author creates a rich and vibrant story of a woman growing up in an ever changing Germany and Europe during the early 20th century, fighting through tyranny and tragedy to create a better life for her children and to rescue the great artworks of Germany from destruction. I enjoyed the atmosphere the author created, an ever darkening aura over the art world as the story marches towards bonfires of color annihilation. She breathed life into this affluent world of wealth and art as we [...]
As other reviewers have said, the title is misleading. Synesthesia doesn't play a major role in this book. Yet it does illustrate that Hanna's perspective is different.It was actually really hard for me to decide how many stars to give this novel. I can't say that I liked this book, but I also can't say that it was merely OK because it caused me to think about the ethical issues involved in Hanna's conduct. I judge ethics by the consequences of the action. Many would say that Hanna didn't have a [...]
Lauren O'Farrell is an art detective, specializing in retrieving works stolen by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners. During her investigations, she learns of a Munich art dealer, Hanna Fleischmann, who may have collaborated with the Nazis. Lauren tracks down Hanna's daughter, the elderly Isabella Fletcher, hoping to learn more about Hanna's activities during the war. What Lauren find out is shocking - a priceless Kandinsky painting may have survived Hitler's destruction of mod [...]
I read this as part of a book club choice, otherwise I might not have finished it.Having read and loved The Art Forger, I was hoping that The Woman Who Heard Color might be along a similar vein. Instead, it is a rather dull retelling of someone's life and work in Germany during Hitler's reign. Some hardships are mentioned, but never fully explored. The way Hanna kept her struggles to herself, instead of sharing what had happened with others, was as annoying for me as reader as it must have been [...]
A link to the author's website: kellyjonesbooks/womanW I am wondering how much of this story is true and how much is fiction. I chose not to read this book because there really is very little in the book about synesthesia!Oh, look at this: mentalfloss/article/49. Not only Kandinsky, but also Nabokov had synestheisa. To a small extent it comes up in his memoir Speak, Memory, which I must soon read. On the topic of synesthesia these books also look interesting:Wednesday Is Indigo Blue: Discovering [...]
I was impressed by the local Wellington Library. I put this book in as a request to buy, and then within a month it was on the shelf waiting for me, and boy I do like me a brand new book to read.I like a bit of historical second world war drama to read, and this was the basis of the story. Lauren O'Farrell is an art detective, who is invited into the home of eighty two year old Isabella Fletcher to help find out about Isabellas mothers past.Her mother as a teenager, leaves the family farm to go [...]
An amazing book combining two interrelated stories, past amd present. In the present-day an "art detective" has made it her mission to retrieve works of art confiscated by the Nazis so they may be returned to their rightful owners. She is seeking to establish the facts about a woman she believes collaborated with the Nazis. The parallel story is that of the suspected collaborator, beginning at the turn of the 20th century and continuing to post-World War II. This is the "woman who heard color," [...]
I had read some of the reviews on this when I was half way through the book and didn't see how they could rate this book as average or below average. I loved it. I thought it told a very interesting story and loved Hannah throughout the book. I grew to like Isabella in the end too. Maybe the historical factors were not exactly right and that was the reason for the dislike, but I found it to be a very interesting take on what happened with some of the art that was taken during Hitler's regime. I [...]
Generally I adore novels that use the past and present plot threads to weave historical tales that hold a grip on the lives of today's characters. Unfortunately, that particular plot device didn't work for me in this novel. The modern scenes felt contrived, redundant and occasionally amateur. The best writing took place in Germany between the wars. I was rooting for Hanna but the older she got, the more of her life was glossed over-- I guess I wanted her story to sing for me like the colors of a [...]
I really liked the plot of this story as well as the characters. The character development was top notch. The story was one I don't remember ever hearing about before, letting alone reading, so it was refreshing to encounter some actual creativity. My only complaint is that there was a lot of telling as oppose to showing in the descriptions of things and that made it tedious at times. Overall, though, it was a great story.
I loved the idea of synesthesia and that the main character had this trait in common with Kandinsky, which gave his paintings so much more meaning for her. I really hated the cover art. Way to pimp up a story that really isn't an erotic one. Not that the author can help what liberties the publisher cares to commit in the name of marketing.
I am halfway through this book and am going to do what I rarely do, not finish. The labored attempt to turn a history lecture into fiction is too exhausting for me. I have absolutely no investment in any of the characters. I agree with another reviewer who said the cover art belies the feel of this book. Reading it feels like work to me.
This is an excellent book. I loved the blend of historical and modern and the characters were relatable and likable. I learned many facts about art and Hitler's view and implementation of art disposal and procurement during World War II. The writing in enchanting and the story is highly entertaining. I strongly suggest this wonderful book by Kelly Jones.
This book had potential, but I found it somewhat disappointing. The synesthesia element was sort of a red herring. The switching between present day and Hanna's history was not fluid and resulted in a lot of repetition. It's a WWII story with an art history hook. Not bad, just not great.
Don't let the cover fool you - it is not a sappy romance book. This is a story within a story about a woman trying to recover art lost during WWII and a young woman during that war struggling to save the precious art she loved so much. I really enjoyed this book!
Loved this story on how those who lived in Germany during Hitlers rule were affected, controlled and struggled during this time. Moving story.
Great readA great novel of art, the war, and survival. The story combines history with artistic emotion. Loved the book very much.
#36. A book set during war time #PopsugarReadingChallengeSarà che l'ho trovato nuovo al prezzo di un gelato (grazie eccedenze di magazzino!) sarà che quando si parla d'arte mi si compra sempre molto facilmente, ma questo libro mi è piaciuto un sacco. Lo stile è scorrevolissimo, ho letto cento pagine senza nemmeno accorgermene, e la storia è molto coinvolgente. La sinestesia - un fenomeno di commistione dei sensi - pur non essendo il tema centrale della storia, è una parte importante che ca [...]
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