On April 29, 1992, Christopher Barnett, the twelve-year-old son of Don Barnett, a successful Honda automobile dealer who had just bought a farm near the eastern tip of Long Island, found a large packing case buried under a thick mat of stale hay in the barn loft.
And he laughed aloud because as he pressed both hands down on the pages of the Xeroxed diary he could feel the old man right there next to him, a large disreputable presence in a stained smock, weaving and wobbling there on his two canes, and the old man was laughing too.
When ancient notebooks turn up in a Long Island garage, Peter Van Overloop, a Columbia graduate student, sets to translating them, and finds himself immersed in the life and times of the Dutch painter Frans Hals. for the notebooks seem to be Hal's diaries, and they contain a fascinating portrait of a man living in the age of Rembrandt and Descartes, and bursting with a lust for the world that surrounds him. Emerging as a thoroughly funny, charming man, Hals reaches out from centuries past to touch and change Peter's life forever. A seamless merging of literary invention and historic fact, The Lost Diaries of Frans Hals is a remarkable, unforgettable novel.
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