Friday, May 29, 2009

The Lady and the Unicorn

The Lady and the Unicorn The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a beautiful, beautiful book!

The Lady and the Unicorn is a historical novel, set in 15th century France. As Jean Le Viste commissions painter Nicholas des Innocents (who is anything but innocent) to design six tapestries with battle scenes, Jean's wife ask Nicholas to make something else. So he suggest scenes of a lady seducing a unicorn.

Each chapter is told by different people who takes part in making these tapestries. From Nicholas to the lassier who weaves, to girls who get sedused by Nicholas. He loves telling the ladies about the (his) unicorn horn and how if the horn is dipped into a poisoned well it becomes pure again...

It's a great book of love that cannot be, corruption and sex. We also get to know how these tapestries are made, from treading the loom to coloring the yarn - but in a interesting way.

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