Stolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge paint the pages of veteran journalist Lisa Barr s debut novel, Fugitive Colors, an un put down able page turner Booklist calls the WWII era novel, Masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr s dazzling debut novel has it all passion and jealousy, intrigue and danger Fugitive Colors asks the reader How far would you go for yoStolen art, love, lust, deception, and revenge paint the pages of veteran journalist Lisa Barr s debut novel, Fugitive Colors, an un put down able page turner Booklist calls the WWII era novel, Masterfully conceived and crafted, Barr s dazzling debut novel has it all passion and jealousy, intrigue and danger Fugitive Colors asks the reader How far would you go for your passion Would you kill for it Steal for it Or go to any length to protect it Hitler s War begins with the ruthless destruction of the avant garde, but there is one young painter who refuses to let this happen An accidental spy, Julian Klein, an idealistic American artist, leaves his religious upbringing for the artistic freedom of Paris in the early 1930s Once he arrives in the City of Light, he meets a young German artist, Felix von Bredow, whose larger than life personality overshadows his inferior artistic ability, and the handsome and gifted artist Rene Levi, whose colossal talent will later serve to destroy him The trio quickly becomes best friends, inseparable, until two women get in the way the immensely talented artist Adrienne, Rene s girlfriend with whom Julian secretly falls in love, and the stunning artist s model Charlotte, a prostitute cum muse, who manages to bring great men to their knees.Artistic and romantic jealousies abound, as the characters play out their passions against the backdrop of the Nazis rise to power Felix retu
Fugitive Colors Stolen art love lust deception and revenge paint the pages of veteran journalist Lisa Barr s debut novel Fugitive Colors an un put down able page turner Booklist calls the WWII era novel Master
I couldn t put this book down and don t know where to begin with this review there s so much going on.The story sucked me in with its beautiful prose and held my attention the prologue to the final satisfying moments when the story comes full circle The story covers romance, art, politics, deception, revenge, betrayal, loyalty a little bit of everything but most of all it s about cross cultural friendship bonded by a love for art, focusing on the rivalry between Rene Levi and Felix Von Bredow, a [...]
I won this through First Reads Giveaway.This is going to be one of those reviews that I do where I hardly make any sense There are not enough ways to describe just how much I loved this book As a huge history buff, I love reading a book wrapped around actual historical events The author Lisa Barr did an excellent job of describing the atmosphere in Europe prior to World War II Yakov Klein, a Hasidic Jew, knew at an early age that painting was his life s passion Even though he is forbidden to ind [...]
I adored this story of passion and betrayal among the painters struggling to survive Hitler s ruthless war on art and humanity Beautifully written and unforgettable.
I may not have chosen to spend my anniversary this year in Nazi Germany, where no one could be trusted, watching as the life was stripped from sensitive artists and as great works of art were stripped from our world culture yet I was compelled to The interpersonal dynamics between three young artists as their idealism met with the aggressive controls instituted by Hitler himself a frustrated artist kept me creeping back to the book while our lobster broiled I was well aware of my middle class pr [...]
Fugitive Colors by Lisa Barr offers a sensuous and stunning entry into the art scene in Europe during World War II This work of profoundly engaging historical fiction delves into the passion and peril of those artists who were then in the thrall of creating a wide array of modern art genres Entartete Kunste degenerate art is the term the Nazi spin doctors created to justify prohibiting, destroying and also secretly hoarding some of the works of emerging avant garde masters such as Klee, Mondrian [...]
Being a Jew in Germany at the beginning of Hitler s reign was not a good plan Being Jewish and an Expressionistic painter was much, much worse Julian Klein has stayed in Paris learning to specify his art He is very good but also very innocent in many ways He makes close friends in Felix Von Bredow a child of the Reich with no artistic talent whatsoever Rene and Adrienne lovers and quite talented and Charlotte the model who everyone lusted after.Before Julian hit Paris he was Yakov Klein, Hasidic [...]
Fugitive Colors Fugitive Colors is a story about art, painters, love, revenge and redemption The story takes place just prior to WWII and is about a group of painters that live and paint in Paris An American, Julian Klein is the main character of the story An idealistic young man who left America and his family because he did not want to conform to his father s rules His father is a cruel man and does not understand Julian s desire to paint Felix Von Bredow is a painter who is not as talented as [...]
This was an absolutely fantastic read and I was hooked from the first page Characters were well rounded, the pacing was wonderfully done, and the story had me on the edge of my seat the whole time Julian s struggle with his friend s betrayal is heartrending, as are the terrible things he experiences at the hands of the Nazi party Simultaneously a story about friendship, love, betrayal, jealousy, politics, religion, art and passion, Fugitive Colors offers far than expected at first glance.I high [...]
A beautiful and moving novel about a young American man, Julian Klein, an Orthodox Jew from Chicago who runs away to Paris in the mid 1930 s leaving his family to pursue his dream of becoming an artist His first day there, he happens to meet three other artists at a cafe Ms Barr writes eloquently about the relationships between these friends and how the effects of imminent war will change them both personally and professionally It is sometimes with a lump in one s throat and at other times with [...]
Lisa Barr is a wonderful author Fugitive Colors is a beautiful work of historical nonfiction This is a story which will captivate you from the very beginning all the way till the end You will be sad when it s over because the author has a wonderful ability to develop these characters and create this world you will get swept up in I loved it
This is a very intense and well researched novel set primarily in the pre WWII period in Paris and Germany about young painters who are exploring the modern aspects of painting at a time when the Nazis were coming to power and labeling that kind of art as degenerate Although I knew about the Nazis collecting art from museums and Jewish collectors, I wasn t aware of the fact that they sold off a lot of modern art through Swiss bankers as a way of funding the Nazi rise to power This novel combine [...]
Mesmerizing and unputdownable, Fugitive Colors is a book that brilliantly combines historical fiction and suspense The characters and their story of love, revenge, and jealousy kept me on the edge of my seat, heart in my throat The characters in this book, a group of young artists living in Paris and Germany as Hitler and the Nazis come into power, are friends, artists, and lovers who encompass the feelings, the sacrifices, and the evil that existed at that time The power, the rage, and the terr [...]
Truly one of my favorite WWII genre novels.
So often I hear of books that get stunning reviews and awards only to find them over awarded, in my not so humble opinion In the case of Fugitive Colors there can t be any over ratings It is simply an amazing book I bought a Kindle version because it was offered as a deal on by the way, I am not marketing for As I was in the midst of another book, I delayed reading it The delay was a mistake as it delayed my enormous enjoyment But don t let me lead you astray This is not an always happy story, a [...]
This book was a saga of sorts We follow the protagonist, Yakov Julian, from childhood to middle age He is a passionate painter with the drive to paint flowing through his veins In attempts to become who he is he moves to New York from Chicago to Paris from New York to Germany from Paris He is in Paris when Hitler is rising to power in Germany Julian becomes friends with a close knit group of people who include Charlotte, Adrienne, Rene, and Felix who is German.Julian is always cast as the mediat [...]
I received this novel through Goodread s First Reads The beginning section in Paris is interesting enough and immerses the reader in art, though not the art scene of Paris of the time, but instead how art effects the lives of the characters This effect of art is the driving force of the plot, but the reader loses this for some time as the action moves to Germany From then on, the plot is continuously brutal and desolate as the characters make the same repetitious mistakes The writing was not gri [...]
I am not normally a historical fiction reader, but Lisa Barr s Fugitive Colors truly had me enthralled From the first page of the prologue, to the last drop of beautifully written wonder, I didn t read this book, I lived it In my opinion, this is the mark of a true gem of a book When you read a book that engages you so well you have to put it down because you yourself, not the character, are in a concentration camp, it makes you realize what this author has done I do not mean to rant on and on a [...]
FUGITIVE COLORS is probably one of the most suspenseful, captivating and well written novels I ve ever read I couldn t put it down and was immediately caught up in the drama, the history, the characters and the storyline The book paints a moving portrait of persecuted artists during WWII a part of history and the Holocaust that I knew nothing about in a fascinating and imaginative approach Lisa Barr s writing is fantastic and I can t wait for her next novel or perhaps the movie version of FUGITI [...]
Loved this book It is fantastic It will haunt you long after you finish it I found myself thinking about it when not reading it My husband read it before me and kept wanting to discuss it I was hooked right from the first page I have read many WWII historical fiction books but for some reason didn t realize that the Nazi s persecuted and killed artists that they didn t feel were worthy The story takes place in the mid late 1930 s.
Overwrought, melodramatic, unrealistic There are parts that are well done, especially the middle section during Julian and Rene s imprisonment The historical truth of Nazi art theft is compelling and holds the rest of this implausible story together But the characters are simply unbelievable in nearly every way And the florid pearl clutching writing Dear me Had to read this for book club, otherwise I would have given up on it.
A captivating debut novel of love, betrayal and art Combined with Nazis and Paris during the war I have to say The result was brilliant in a book that kept me up all night reading For those of you that know me you know that I don t stay up late Lisa Barr we heard you at the JBC conference and have selected you as one of our authors at our book festival in Denver We would love to host you
In the 1930s, the Nazis carried out a highly organized mission to eradicate modern art Young American artist Julian formerly Yacov Klein meets bohemian artists in Paris and moves on to study and paint in Germany Interesting story for the history, detracted by anachronistic dialogue and events Yeah, right, said Julian And the Nazis deface Expressionist paintings in 1936 with spray paint, not invented until 1947.
This book is annoyingly unbelievable The premise and intentions are good but to ask us to believe that 2 Jewish artists went to vacation in Germany during the rise of Nazism, then got sent to Dachau and escaped Then escaped from several other situations and kept bumping into Felix like he s the only Nazi in Europeon and on, unbelievable storylines continue I get it, they live to paint This book has some interesting points but overall poorly written.
Love, love, love There s something about the second world war and its place in books that always fascinates me This story was a page turner teeming with character turmoil and conflict, art and finding oneself among it all It was a splendid read I fell in love with the characters and my heart ached for them I think I found a new favorite author I won this book through First Reads.
Great book friendship, art, loyalty, greed , jealousy, murder all wrapped up in one book
Outstanding Lisa Barr is a gifted writer I could not put it down She came and spoke to our book club.
The author of this book will be speaking at the upcoming Jewish Arts, Authors, Movies Music Festival in Denver So glad I got tipped off to this book I could not put it down
This book was so good local author Deerfield IL and interesting story about artists in Pre WWII Paris and Germany Kept me riveted.
I could not put this book down One of the best books I have read in a long time
I finished it because I was interested in the topic and to a lesser extent, the plot , but the writing is disappointingly amateurish It did get a little better in the second half though.