Light, Descending

Light, Descending

Light Descending A Tale of Art and Obsession Brilliant illuminator of artistic truths Failed lover Provocative critic of social injustice Raving lunatic John Ruskin was all these things Light Descending brings to lif

  • Title: Light, Descending
  • Author: Octavia Randolph
  • ISBN: 9781942044017
  • Page: 402
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Tale of Art and Obsession Brilliant illuminator of artistic truths Failed lover Provocative critic of social injustice Raving lunatic John Ruskin was all these things Light, Descending brings to life Victorian art and social critic John Ruskin 1819 1900 , a passionate and tormented genius whose career as art critic, social reformer, and benefactor and nemesis to soA Tale of Art and Obsession Brilliant illuminator of artistic truths Failed lover Provocative critic of social injustice Raving lunatic John Ruskin was all these things Light, Descending brings to life Victorian art and social critic John Ruskin 1819 1900 , a passionate and tormented genius whose career as art critic, social reformer, and benefactor and nemesis to some of the greatest names of 19th century art ended in near universal public acclaim and madness Octavia Randolph, author of the best selling The Circle of Ceridwen Saga, portrays Ruskin s artistic genius, political struggles, and frustrated private passions in a vivid and haunting recounting of the great man s life From his life long defence of the painter JMW Turner, to Ruskin s unconsummated marriage to Effie Gray, to his patronage of artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti and his fiancee, Lizzie Siddal, and Lizzie s death by self administered drug overdose to Ruskin s love affair with the teenaged Rose LaTouche, and her early death, which broke Ruskin s mind and the infamous libel trial brought against Ruskin by James McNeill Whistler, Light, Descending sweeps the reader from bustling London to a decaying Venice to wild Alpine heights as it chronicles Ruskin s ecstatic triumphs and blighted happiness Based on letters, diary entries, and Ruskin s own voluminous published writings, and peopled with some of the most compelling personalities of the 19th century, Light, Descending is a tour de force novel about the man Mohandas Gandhi said made me transform my life Includes Book Group Discussion Guide.

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    Let me begin by saying I read Octavia Randolph’s work for her beautiful writing and interesting turn of phrase, as well as her diligent research, but in this case not necessarily for the subject matter. I knew Light, Descending would be beautifully written, but I have to admit I was not looking forward to spending time with John Ruskin. While his work is important his is a difficult story, and I wasn’t sure I would be sympathetic, even though I admire his art criticisms, his strong convictio [...]

    “Light, Descending: A Novel of John Ruskin” by Octavia Randolph is the well-researched and fictionalised account of the life of art critic John Ruskin. Based on letters and a variety of other resources the author has created a fascinating and convincing portrait. Her competence and her understanding of Ruskin’s life and the times are apparent from the first page. The book provides an informative and accurate picture from childhood to death. Biographies often suffer from the lack of a natur [...]

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