|Plot Summary of Secrets of the Painter|
|"The book details the life of Luís Mariano Malasaña, a poor young artist who arrives in Madrid a generation after the passing of Goya. Malasaña is a natural prodigy - and also a bitter man with a chip on his shoulder. When he discovers that his work has the unsettling side effect of killing everyone he paints, it seems a trivial detail to Malasaña - at first. The novel is less about the gruesome consequences of the painter's actions than Malasaña's approach to dealing with his lethal success. This is a driven young man who's really only good at one thing, and at first he's not willing to give up his dream just because other people get hurt. Over time, through nearly 50 years' worth of friendships and career moves as well as 2 marriages, he learns, he grows, and the question becomes, will he abandon his calling - or will he just be very, very careful?". "
Matthew Hovious, Resident Scholar
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|Review Analysis of Secrets of the Painter|
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Tone of book?
Time/era of story
- 19th century
Life of a profession:
- nature of existence (heavy philosophy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
How sensitive is this character?
- mean, arrogant
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- throughout most of the book.
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
The Americas (not US):
- The Caribbean
- fancy mansion
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- significantly more descript than dialog
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