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Mr. Mac and Me by Esther Freud

Mr. Mac and Me (2014)

by Esther Freud

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I loved this gentle story about a young man on the Suffolk coast during WWI who meets the great Scottish architect Charles Rennie MacIntosh and his wife Margaret Macdonald. The perfect combination of England, art, nature, family, and spies. ( )
  laurenbufferd | Nov 14, 2016 |
Een indrukwekkend boek over architect en kunstenaar Charles Rennie MacIntosh en zijn vrouw Margaret, verteld door een jongen van 11, 12 jaar. Zo'n mooie vorm om een soort van biografie te schrijven. Er doorheen speelt het verhaal van de jongen, Thomas, door zijn vader op jonge leeftijd verminkt. Er gebeuren gruwelijke dingen maar eigenlijk is het hele verhaal zachtaardig van toon. De natuur speelt een belangrijke rol, kijken, observeren. Een boek om over een paar jaar te herlezen. ( )
  elsmvst | Oct 25, 2016 |
a coming of age novel set in the early years of ww 1. the setting is the coast of england. the story is told by a young boy. interesting story with lots of sadness. ( )
  michaelbartley | Sep 11, 2016 |
An enchanting and imaginative tale based on a short period in the life of the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh set just before and during the initial year of the First World War. The Suffolk location is sketched with a wonderful feeling for the remoteness of the Southwold area and for the suspicions of the locals to outsiders with the outbreak of war.
The story is related by Thomas, 13 at the time and the son of an innkeeper. His talent for drawing opens a friendship with Mackintosh and his wife Margaret and Esther Freud captures his emotions and feelings as he moves form childhood to a more adult understanding of other people.
This is without doubt a moving evocation of the era and also captures the timeless difficulties of adolescence and worries of being an unrewarded artist.
  camharlow2 | Dec 14, 2015 |
Het Schotse kunstenaarsduo McDonald en Macintosh verblijft tijdens WOI in een afgelegen plaats langs de Engelse kust en wordt volkomen ten onrechte verdacht van spionage voor de vijand. ( )
  joucy | Jul 14, 2015 |
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I was born upstairs in the small bedroom, not in the smallest room with the outshot window, where I sleep now, or the main room that is kept for guests -- summer visitors who write and let us know that they are coming and how long they plan to stay.
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It is 1914, and Thomas Maggs, son of the local publican, lives with his parents and sister in a village on the Suffolk coast. He is the youngest child, and the only son surviving. Life is quiet--shaped by the seasons, fishing and farming, the summer visitors, and the girls who come from the Highlands every year to gut and pack the herring.

Then one day a mysterious Scotsman arrives. To Thomas he looks like a detective in his black cape and felted wool hat, puffing on his pipe like Sherlock Holmes. Mac is what the locals call him when they whisper about him. And whisper they do, for he sets off on his walks at unlikely hours and stops to examine the humblest flowers. He is seen on the beach, staring out across the waves as if he's searching for clues. But Mac isn't a detective, he's the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and together with his artist wife, they soon become a source of fascination and wonder to Thomas.

Yet just as Thomas and Mac's friendship begins to blossom, war with Germany is declared. The summer guests flee and are replaced by regiments of soldiers, and as the brutality of war weighs increasingly heavily on this coastal community, they become more suspicious of Mac and his curious ways.

In this story of an unlikely friendship, Esther Freud paints a vivid portrait of the home front during World War I, and of a man who was one of the most brilliant and misunderstood artists of his generation. [retrieved 3/2/2016 from Amazon.com]
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