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The God of My Art: A Novel by [Lane, Sarah]
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Length: 225 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1617 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Purpleferns Press (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,772,200 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I started reading this 2 days ago, at first I couldn't get into it. I left it off at 35% as I was a little confused by it.

Then I came back to it today and read the rest of it. I quite enjoyed the book, its very deep, very profound and exact. I did find it confusing in some parts, but I am wondering if that's more down to me than to the book. The write up is very good and tells you exactly what the book entails.

The author emailed me to ask me for an honest review after another author recommending me as a reviewer. She thought I may like this book, she was correct. I did finally enjoy it and put all the pieces together.

I would say this, its not a light read, you need to stay with it, you need to grasp what is going on in the first half of the book or you may get lost like I did. I think I made the mistake of reading it while its weekend and all the family are home and things happen around me and me having to keep putting the book aside today.

I would recommend this author Sarah Lane's book, just take yourself off somewhere quiet to start reading it and you'll be fine.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Any book that mentions Nietzsche on the first page has got my attention! I imagined that this would be a twenty-year old girl’s angst-ridden romance but it soon became clear that it was far more than that. It is more a coming-of-age story where the main character, Helene (first person narration) is trying to find herself against a backdrop of a difficult childhood in a poor home, a poisonous mother, offensive stepfather and her own stuttering love life. The narrative is in the present tense but there is a lot of back story so the change of tense is useful to remind you where you are. In her climb in search of love, Helene is passive and lacking in self-confidence, so becomes a bit of a door mat to the object of her affections, Matthew, as she tries to fill the emotional vacuum in her life. He, in complete contrast, is more of an alpha male but fickle and emotionally paralysed; a man who knows what he wants, gets it, then moves on. With her journal; her soul. He’s a user. She lets him get away with it. She has no choice. But she still regards him as her muse in her life’s ambition to be an artist and, strangely, it’s his very absence that inspires her to seek her personal freedom.

You realise from the first few paragraphs that the writing is imaginative and original. For a debut novel, it is outstanding and I am not surprised that this has been picked up by a publishing house. In addition, the presentation is first class; I didn’t spot a single formatting, punctuation or spelling error and how many ebooks can you say that of? The overall style is close to being literary fiction and, as such, the way it hops between the present and the past is fine as the reader follows the stream-of-consciousness. I liked the use of colour metaphors when she becomes an artist.
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The God of my Art: A Novel by Sarah Lane is full of life. Dramatic, artsy, and at the same time realistic. The author grabs your hand and takes you for a ride. Her ability to take you with her on this journey is quite charming as it is moving. There is poetry between the lines as the story plays out in full color. I ate this story up. Absorbed myself in it.

Helene is a character I could easily like as a friend. I loved her candidness and use of language. She was life-like, likable and relatable.

The God of My Art was intoxicating.

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"I sat on the couch in a state of shock, telling myself that things don't happen in random, unrelated events, telling myself that life must be more than chaos, that underneath the apparent randomness there must be a thread of meaning tying it all together."
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Many authors succeed in capitalizing on vibrant cities to set their novels, but Sarah Lane's beautiful and simple prose takes this a magical step further. The God of My Art is far more than a collage of Vancouver beaches, streets and towering mountains. The novel's strength lies in the dichotomy of the "chosen" and "outliers"--the pampered heirs to Shaughnessy fortunes and the soon-to-disappear women of Hastings Street back alleys. Like art, Lane's prose reveals its deepest secrets not in the rays of light, but in the shadows.

The protagonist in Lane's novel, Helene, is conflicted between her desire for security and the impulses driving her to abandon her "safe" studies in Commerce and be an artist. Helene, now 21, has survived the early death of her French father, her mother Katie's descent into alcoholism, and the obsessive-compulsive nature of her stepfather Lyle. When at 15 she rebels against Lyle, he convinces her mother to put Helene in a group home in Prince George. She flees the group home and hitchhikes to Vancouver to live on the streets until her friend Christine takes her in and gets her back into school and then to university on a scholarship. There she easily falls for Matthew, a narcissistic young man, who quotes Nietzsche when he's not off climbing mountains. But when Matthew leaves to join his girlfriend Yoriko in Japan, Helene is left more confused and insecure than before. Encouraged by her friends, Hana and Laurent, Helene gradually regains confidence and dares to think again about pursuing a career in art.

While the plot of The God of My Art is not particularly complex, the character development, especially of Helene and her mother Katie, really pulls the novel together.
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