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Paint It Black: A Novel av Janet Fitch
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Paint It Black: A Novel (urspr publ 2006; utgåvan 2006)

av Janet Fitch

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"Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA's rock scene, finds a chance at real love with art student Michael Faraday. A Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist, Michael introduces Josie to a world of sophistication she had never dreamed existed and to his spiritual quest for the beauty that shines through everyday experience. But when she receives a call from the Los Angeles County coroner, asking her to identify her lover's dead body, her bright dreams all turn to black." ""What happens to a dream when the dreamer is gone?" This is the question Josie asks as she searches for the key to understanding Michael's death. And as she struggles to hold on to the true world he shared with her, she is both repelled by and attracted to Michael's pianist mother, Meredith, who holds Josie responsible for her son's torment. Joined by their grief, the two women are soon drawn into a twisted relationship that reflects equal parts distrust and blind need."--BOOK JACKET.… (mer)
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Titel:Paint It Black: A Novel
Författare:Janet Fitch
Info:Little, Brown and Company (2006), Hardcover, 400 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
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2.5*

This book was difficult to get through, and I believe a large part of that was how difficult it was to connect with any of the characters. They felt so removed from every day life that I could not identify with any of them. I am also not sure if I missed it, if I should have had the knowledge entering into the book, or if it was in fact never mentioned, but I did not understand why Josie and Michael could not be together.

I got the sense that the book was set several decades in the past, which is fine, but I do not think that was conveyed well. If that was in fact the case, then the divide between the Tyrell and Loewry families is more believable. Another problem that I had with the book was how little I felt I learned about Michael. From the summary of the novel, I thought it was going to be a book about Meredith and Josie going through a journey of togetherness because of their mutual relationship with Michael. However, that is not what I got at all.

I really enjoyed White Oleander, and I felt like the two books had a lot of commonalities, however, I would not recommend this book to many people.


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First of all, Meredith and Josie never actually get along. The only highlights of the book were when they were fighting over something that was "just in Josie's imagination." Although, I assure you, she was not imagining anything. Furthermoore, the book ends with Josie finding some semblance of closure over Michael's death, and it has nothing to do with Meredith. This was extremely disappointing because the book is not marketed as such. To me, that is a completely different type of novel than what I thought I was getting into. I also do not think that was done well either. ( )
  startwithgivens | Mar 21, 2018 |
She writes with brilliant insight that gives her characters a lifelike dimension, enough that even if you have nothing in common with them you can still sympathize with their struggles. ( )
  Darth-Heather | May 31, 2016 |
A great modern coming-of-age story, full of heart-wrenching up and downs. I thought this was a excellent book but this is my first Janet Fitch novel, so I'm not sure how it compares with her other stuff.

Josie is a teenaged runaway who has worked her way into the rock and art scene in Los Angeles in the 80s. She models for artists and does parts in student films, and she is hopelessly in love with her well-off, Harvard-dropout struggling artist boyfriend, Michael. Completing this triangle is Michael's mother Meredith, a controlling well-known pianist who has practically disowned Michael for living with Josie, someone she sees as not good enough for him. When Michael is found dead after a suicide less than one chapter into the book, Josie is forced to face life (and Meredith) after her world comes crashing down.

This is definitely a book I will end up reading over and over again through the years because I admire and relate to the character of Josie so much. While she does turn to drugs and alcohol to console her pain, I see her as a brave soul who ends up choosing life over endless sorrow in the end, especially after she visits the motel where her boyfriend killed himself. I liked how the reader never really “met” Michael, but rather Michael’s character was memories that Josie and the other characters had of him. It makes Michael seem more distant and complex, leaving the other characters to create their own impressions of him for the reader.

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However, the only things I was annoyed with was the part about Meredith and Michael possibly being lovers and the ending – the reason I gave this book 4 stars instead of 5. The speculation on Josie’s part about Meredith raping Michael seems a bit out of reach and too forceful. The maid never confirms or denies it when Josie asks her but I felt like this bad allegation against Meredith was just there to make the reader dislike her. In addition, I thought the ending was a little too blasé, Josie reading the notebook her boyfriend left behind and “saving” the girl who found him dead and taking her back to Los Angeles. It felt very abrupt, like throughout the book there was all this pain and hurt and then all of a sudden, after reading the notebook, she knew it wasn’t her that drove him to kill himself but his own inner demons and that was where her pain stopped. I’m not sure how it could have ended differently, but I just wasn’t happy with it. ( )
  elle-kay | Jan 27, 2016 |
When I picked this book up I really didn't think that more than half of the book was going to be about Michael's mother. Once I found that out I really didn't want to keep reading. I think I stopped for almost two years. When I picked it up again, I appreciated the book a lot more. I don't think the book flows well. But the meaning is beautiful. ( )
  momma182 | Jun 23, 2015 |
I wish I could wholeheartedly recommend Paint it Black. Janet Fitch has a lot of insight into human nature, and particularly human relationships. This is why you came to hear music. To stop being yourself, to let that thing you supposedly were go, and just be part of a mob, synchronized by the heavy beat, mesmerized by a singer with big smeary red lips, her spooky chant. Michael hated this, it was the worst thing he could imagine, disappearing into the mass – he didn't know how to submerge himself, he was the puzzle piece that fit nowhere. And she has a flair for details: "the flamelike Hebrew", "those eyes the color of aquarium glass seen sideways". But unfortunately, this quality of writing is representative only of the first third of the book. As other reviewers have pointed out, Fitch loses steam after page 150 or so, and continued reading becomes increasingly a slog to the finish. ( )
  Audacity88 | Jan 4, 2014 |
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"Josie Tyrell, art model, teen runaway, and denizen of LA's rock scene, finds a chance at real love with art student Michael Faraday. A Harvard dropout and son of a renowned pianist, Michael introduces Josie to a world of sophistication she had never dreamed existed and to his spiritual quest for the beauty that shines through everyday experience. But when she receives a call from the Los Angeles County coroner, asking her to identify her lover's dead body, her bright dreams all turn to black." ""What happens to a dream when the dreamer is gone?" This is the question Josie asks as she searches for the key to understanding Michael's death. And as she struggles to hold on to the true world he shared with her, she is both repelled by and attracted to Michael's pianist mother, Meredith, who holds Josie responsible for her son's torment. Joined by their grief, the two women are soon drawn into a twisted relationship that reflects equal parts distrust and blind need."--BOOK JACKET.

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