Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

Wilful Blue by Sonya Hartnett

Wilful Blue

by Sonya Hartnett

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingConversations
231459,532 (4)None



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

Jesse and Walt have been selected, along with four other local artists, to spend five weeks at a soon-to-be artists' retreat in a former monastery. Their purpose is to create works of art to decorate the place--photographs, sculpture, paintings, murals. It is this last that Jesse is commissioned for, along with the introverted Guy. But as the summer draws to a close and their mural nears completion, Guy has grown increasingly distant and maudlin.

That's all in the past, now, and in the present day, Jesse and Walt are having beers with Guy's sister, who wants to know everything about her brother's last days, up to and including his death, which police have ruled an accident.

It makes me sad to declare this decidedly mediocre, but that's what it is. Written before Hartnett had really settled into the gorgeously poetic style she has now, this is a bit of a mash-up between expository statement and forced metaphor. The subject matter smacks of being written by a 25-year-old who thinks she has a great deal more life experience than she does, and what could be the moving story of tragedy and grief is labored and unengaging. It's not a terrible book, but a fairly forgettable one.

Lastly, the typographer of this edition should be fired: the flashbacks, which comprise more than half the book, are set in a san-serif font. San-serifs are great for headlines, posters, billboards--things where you need bold, strong letters at a distance--but are hard to read as long paragraphs on paper. The eye requires a little something to help it break the lines down into separate letters. (This ends my geeky typography lecture. But really, WHO typesets half a book in a san-serif font?) ( )
  librarybrandy | Mar 31, 2013 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

Seven gifted young artists are collected together in a monastery. But tensions build, and death follows.

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
1 avail.
2 wanted

Popular covers


Average: (4)
3 1
4 1
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 119,761,796 books! | Top bar: Always visible