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Paul Watkins is the author of seven novels, all published by Picador, including The Story of My Disappearance, and the memoir Stand Before Your God. He lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey.

Paul Watkins is the author of seven novels, all published by Picador, including The Story of My Disappearance, and the memoir Stand Before Your God.

In The Forger by Paul Watkins. Paul Watkins is an excellent author. Each of the three novels I have read are completely "stand alone" - unlike his novels under the pen-name Sam Eastland which all have the same primary character. Пользовательский отзыв - PilgrimJess - LibraryThing. David Halifax a young American art student accepts a scholarship that he hadn't applied for from a group that he had never heard of to study painting in Paris in 1939 just as Europe is about to plunge.

An exciting new novel, by the author of The Story of My Disappearance and Archangel

An exciting new novel, by the author of The Story of My Disappearance and Archangel. At the turn of World War II, David Halifax is a young American painter who receives a scholarship to come to Paris and work under the tutelage of the mysterious and brilliant Russian painter, Alexander Pankratov. Getting more than he bargained for, Halifax is quickly subjected to Pankratov's rigid will, and beguiled by the quiet, nude model who poses before them.

The author and publisher have provided this e-book to you for your personal use only. A Note on Two of the Paintings in the Text. Also by Paul Watkins. Chapter One. I REACHED PARIS EARLY in the summer of 1939, at the age of twenty-one. All my life, I’d dreamed of coming here. A thousand times, I had pictured myself as I was then, getting off the train at the Gare St. Lazarre. Now that the moment had finally arrived, it seemed to me even more glorious than anything I could have imagined. This lasted about ten seconds.

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I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Watkins draws the reader in with his splendid details and vivid scenery of a challenging and enigmatic age. Highly recommended.

I reached Paris early in the summer of 1939, begins narrator David Halifax. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Wonderful story, excellent characters.

An exciting new novel, by the author of The Story of My Disappearance and Archangel. Books related to The Forger. At the turn of World War II, David.

Praise for The Forger. Watkins is without question one of the most gifted writers of his generation. Paul Watkins is the author of eight novels, including The Story of My Disappearance and In the Blue Light of African Dreams, and of the memoir Stand Before Your God.

On the eve of World War II, David Halifax, a young American painter, receives a scholarship to come to Paris and work under the tutelage of the mysterious Russian artist Alexander Pankratov. But as Nazi forces encroach, Halifax realizes the true purpose of his visit: to forge masterworks of the Paris museums, and with the aid of a wily art trader, barter the fakes to Hitler's legion of art dealers. What develops is a riveting cat-and-mouse game that moves through Paris's silent streets, through the tunnels beneath its museums, and eventually into the war-torn countryside of Normandy.

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Overal premise and approach are interesting, and a couple of scenes and some descriptions are noteworthy. But...

The book is generally very slow. The story unfolds in such tempo that it lulls reader into sleep. The setting doesn't give a feel of Paris at all, a giant vortex of Bohemean life and huge center of culture, for the way it's described - it all might've happened somewhere in a small town in Ohio.

Characters remain somewhat flat and quite faceless, except Pankratov (but, as we know, oddish old cranks is quite easy material to describe in literature).
Generally the book is a way too straightforward and, as it lacks true intrique, twists and any tension, it leaves an impression of uninspired work that the authour managed to deliver through a lengthy spell of his own boredom.
Sadaron above the Gods
A great read! My husband enjoyed it too. Paul Watkins takes you into the world of art and WWII in a very believable way with compelling action and characters. Highly recommend.
This is Paris before and during WW11 for a young American artist entering that particular ambiance surrounding a student intent on honing his skills. Anyone who has lived in and loved Paris will appreciate the vivid detail. The invasion of Paris and all it means to the inhabitants from many backgrounds is fascinating. It is also a good thriller.
I did enjoy reading The Forger by Paul Watkins. This novel was one of the author's earlier works. It was a good read to be sure, but it does not compare in excellence with his later works such as Archive 17 and Shadow Pass written under the name Sam Eastland.
Descriptions were so good you felt like you were right there. Story line about WWWII and the French preserving their art was excellent, even though fiction.
I definitely enjoyed it. I would recommend it to a friend.
Hilarious Kangaroo
A semi-sequel to his book In the Blue Light of African Dreams, Watkins' literary (or rather painting) thriller tells the story of David Halifax (the son of the protagonist in that previous novel). David is a promising young American painter brought to Paris in 1939 via a mysterious scholarship which sets him up to study with a bizarre Russian painter, Pankratov. The first part of the story focuses on David's attempt to make it as an artist in Paris, living a spendthrift existence in a small apartment. Soon, however, he becomes friends with his two other fellow students and a shady gallery owner. One of the books' major strengths is how these characters-and all others, no matter how fleeting their role-spring to life under Watkins' pen.
Gradually the threat of invasion looms larger and larger, and David decides not to leave (sparking a major revelation that isn't as much of a surprise to the reader as Watkins probably intended). This leads to his involvement in an elaborate scheme to hide valuable French artwork from the Nazis, who have been systematically looting the countries they sweep though. The scheme involves forging old master paintings and trading them to the Germans for confiscated "degenerate" Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces destined for destruction. It's a small-scale thriller, not end-of-the-world stuff, but perhaps richer for staying within reasonable bounds (although a late scene with Goering veers from the rest of the book). There's plenty of tension as David and his accomplices must walk a tightrope in dealing with and deceiving the dangerous Germans, and facing reprisal from the French who see them as collaborators.
The final third of the book feels a bit rushed, especially given the length of buildup, but the atmosphere is great throughout. From the dusty classroom, to David's damp apartment, to the cave-like forging studio, to smoky cafés, and occupied streets, the book is crammed with oppressive sets. Watkins writes in an understated but vivd prose that projects the images into the mind in cinematic fashion. The details of painting forgery are intriguing, and the psychology of why men (and women) would risk their lives for art is handled very well. The book is not quite a masterpiece, but it is a very solid tale that will appeal to art lovers, WWII buffs, and general readers.
3.5 Stars
Author Paul Watkins clearly is a writer of talent. His work, �The Forger�, has all of the elements for a suspenseful, engaging read of art fraud, albeit for a noble cause, set just before and during the occupation of Paris. The story he shares should be a book read with great zest, and anticipation as horrible risks are run in the face of arguably the most organized and voracious art thieves in history.
The Author is meticulous with detail, and setting. He also creates characters with depth, complex pasts, and unexpected conduct. The descriptions of the craft of forging an internationally known piece of art are more detailed than I have ever read in any novel. Often the great forgery ends with the final brush stroke imitated on canvas of an age to convince, surrounded by a time worn, worm eaten frame. Not so with this story. A forger requires much more than great skill and the ability to mimic. He must be able to tangibly create the passage of time. This must be done for every one of the senses, not just that of the eyes. The means by which this is done is truly fascinating.
The Author�s style is relaxed, his book is not rushed, and it has the cadence of a deliberate, planned passage. And this is where I felt the book was mismatched. The story is one of deception, whether of art or people. The action takes place in the midst of a World War. If there is a time when pace is to favor the swift with unanticipated changes and improvisations, war certainly provides the setting. I never felt that caught up in the pressure the book unfolded its tale with. Paris may have been an open city, however the risks taken by the primary characters matched those taken much closer to the front.
The Author also used certain historical characters that were almost too much. His story worked with the people he created, I don�t feel it needed the addition of notorious celebrity. And as I have mentioned previously, the explanation of the forging process was extremely detailed, with almost a checklist like precision. When a forgery is presented and the list is repeated almost verbatim it seemed unnecessary. It seemed the proof should be in the outcome, was the work accepted as genuine or not?
There were also a few too many revelations, and an event or two that the story did not need. They came across as a bit cliché, and the writer did not need to use them. The book is a good read, and my impression may place me in the minority.
The Forger: A Novel download epub
Genre Fiction
Author: Paul Watkins
ISBN: 0312276966
Category: Literature & Fiction
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Language: English
Publisher: Picador (November 3, 2001)
Pages: 336 pages