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Last of the braves by Archimede Fusillo

Last of the braves

by Archimede Fusillo

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i didnt really like it as it wasnt as good as the other books ( )
  7x.library | Oct 30, 2011 |
Normally I am a huge fan of Archie Fusillo's work but I think this book didn't quite hit the mark as I did not warm to any of the characters in it except for the italian grandmother! It is basically two stories, the first is set in the present day where Alex is slowly losing his grip on reality as he struggles with the impending death of his mother (who is in a hospice for the dying), his "love" for Ces another student in his Year 12, his quest to be the artist his mother struggled to be, his claustrophobic, disapproving italian family and the re-appearance of his brother who has been living with Alex's estranged Dad in Queensland. Coupled with this is his mother's dying wish that she read the manuscript of a book she has written about episodes in the life of the artist Michelangelo Caravaggio; which leads us to the other story in the novel - Caravaggio's fiery artistic temperament and his need to paint the true religious paintings that caused him to be banished and shunned by the clergy in his lifetime. Basically, I found the Caravaggio part quite interesting although I thought he came across as an obstinate, arrogant prat. Therefore as Alex models himself on this figure, he becomes similar and his poor boyfriend Ces is dragged along for the ride ( although he himself is portrayed as money-grubbing on the back of Alex's talent in his wish to buy himself a cool motorbike.) I thought the grandfather was as bad as the uncle and the mother an absolutely useless figure who had corrupted her son. Therefore, it's extremely hard to recommend this book because all the characters were so disagreeable.
  nicsreads | Mar 31, 2010 |
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"'Alex banged on the windscreen with his fists, wolf-whistling and howling... "We are the bravi, Ces. No one has a clue about who we are."' Under the influence of his idol, the hot-headed seventeenth-century Italian painter Caravaggio, Alex draws his mate Ces into an uncontrollable cycle of destruction and hurt..."--Back cover.… (more)

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