Radiant Days

Radiant Days

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She is a painter. He is a poet. Their art bridges time.

It is 1978. Merle is in her first year at the Corcoran School of Art, catapulted from her impoverished Appalachian upbringing into a sophisticated, dissipated art scene. It is also 1870. The teenage poet Arthur Rimbaud is on the verge of breaking through to the images and voice that will make his name. The meshed power of words and art thins the boundaries between the present and the past - and allows these two troubled, brilliant artists to enter each other's worlds. Radiant Days is a peerless follow- up to Elizabeth Hand's unforgettable, multiply starred Illyria.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Viking, 2012.
ISBN: 9780670011353
0670011355
Characteristics: 287 p. ; 22 cm.

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PimaLib_JessicaP Feb 01, 2016

I'm gonna go read some Rimbaud now. And finally watch that Leonardo DiCaprio movie.

This hit all the right buttons for me. Not only was there some timey-wimey stuff (not specifically time travel, but I don't really know how to describe it), but it painted a picture of late 1970s DC that really warmed my heart. The writing crafted a portrait of two people I probably would have wanted to punch in the face without it, and I built relationships with them instead.

My only hang-up with this one is the fact that my plot-driven brain is still going "and then what?" Knowing as I do that this was a Slice-Of-Living kind of story that takes a few key events and lets us figure out the rest, I still want more.

So I guess I'll go read that Rimbaud.

Diell Apr 09, 2014

Way better than Mortal Love, which I confess I didn't finish, just couldn't wait for Mortal Love to get better, gave up.

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