Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman (PDF)

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Ebook Info

  • Published: 2017
  • Number of pages: 465 pages
  • Format: PDF
  • File Size: 39.27 MB
  • Authors: Deborah Heiligman


Printz Honor Book • YALSA Nonfiction Award Winner • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner • SCBWI Golden Kite Winner • Cybils Senior High Nonfiction Award WinnerFrom the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly love.The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend—Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life. They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions. Meticulously researched, drawing on the 658 letters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers.

User’s Reviews

Reviews from Amazon users which were colected at the time this book was published on the website:

⭐What a perfect portrait of Vincent and his brother! I thought the simplicity of the text struck just the right tone- direct, honest, and original, much like Vincent’s own paintings. I had read so much about this artist in the past, including his letters to Theo, that I didn’t expect to learn much more. What a surprise to find I came away from this book with a deeper understanding of Vincent and his art and the love the Van Gogh brothers had for each other. My daughter-in-law is a high school art teacher and I ordered her a copy for her classroom. I would give her mine, but I’ve already loaned it out. It’s that kind of book, one that you want to share with everyone you know. (I rarely give five stars, but when I thought of all the books on Vincent that I’ve come across, I do believe that this one would be his favorite.

⭐All that I knew about Vincent Van Gogh was that he was “a mentally ill painter who cut off his ear”. I now know how much more there was to him and the wonderful up and down relationship he had with his brother, Theo. The author’s writing style so perfectly fits this incredible story of how a loving Theo helped guide his extraordinarily talented brother to become one of the great painters of this rich period that gave the world so many great Dutch painters. The author’s knowledge of painting helped me to a greater appreciation of not just Van Gogh, but the wider world of art. I thought great artists were born, which is true in a limited way, but like gifted musicians, they still must spend hours a day for years in order to develop that talent. This book was a gift to my soul!

⭐I bought this book for my 13-year-old daughter for Christmas. She is an avid reader who enjoys everything from Isabelle Allende to Frank McCourt. She especially is interested in well-written memoirs and biographies and I thought Vincent and Theo would be a hit. However, the writing style is so disconcerting that it renders this book nearly unreadable. The author uses short, simple sentences which lends a choppy feel to the text and never allows the reader below the waves to a deeper meaning or insight. She also employs present tense, which is understandable for younger readers, but not what was expected from a book marketed to young adults. Additionally, the liberal use of the second person point of view also gives this book a primer-like feel to it. In short, if you have an emerging reader who needs an easy read to break their teeth in on, this might be for you. Skip it if you enjoy a book rich with complex thoughts that will leave you re-reading sentences simply to savor their cadence and artistry. You will not find that in Vincent and Theo.

⭐One of the best books I’ve ever read. It was so hard to put down. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time even though I know everything there is to know about Van Gogh the light they portrayed him in and the way they explained him was better and more eloquent than anything else I’ve read on him and Theo.

⭐I was not sure what to expect, but to my surprise, this book hooked me almost immediately. It’s a biography of Vincent Van Gogh, but the focus is on the relationship between Vincent and his brother Theo, who pretty much supported him financially his entire adult life, as well as encouraging, showing, and critiquing his art. The writing style was kind of interesting – a combination of standard biography, mixed with little vignettes, which at times kind of had the staccato feel of a stop-action movie. I went through the Van Gogh museum last summer, and all I could think was how much more interesting the museum would have been if I had read this book first. An opportunity lost. The Museum was actually the inspiration for this book, as the author was intrigued to find out more about the relationship between the two brothers. One interesting note at the end of the book is that we have Theo’s wife Johanna to thank for our ability to see and appreciate the works of Vincent. She was encouraged by some to just get rid of Vincent’s paintings after Theo’s death, which was only 2 years after Vincent. Had she done that, he might have just faded away. But she believed in Theo and Vincent, promoting Vincent’s work, even after remarrying. Her son Vincent eventually founded the museum I visited last summer. Even if you have no plans to visit the museum in Amsterdam, I would still highly recommend this book.

⭐I realized how very little I knew about Vincent Van Gogh when I started reading Heiligman’s beautifully detailed book. Now, having finished this work, I have a much better appreciation for the artist, not only his struggles but also his motivation, undaunted passion, genius, and startling kindness. A touching, illuminating read! I highly recommend it.

⭐My favorite book of the year so far.This is my first amazon review… had to comment because I felt so strongly about this book.Hope that this book creates a passion to draw or paint in young readers—just like The Agony and the Ecstasy did for me years ago.Thought that I knew everything about Vincent, but I was so wrong. I was so impressed with the level of research involved. So many have gotten it wrong but the author got it 100% right in so many ways.

⭐As an artist named Vincent, I have gotten so many books about Vincent VanGogh. I’ve read most of them and I can tell you honestly that none of them have brought the VanGogh brothers to life in a more inspiring way. This book shines like a VanGogh painting. Shedding light on two very important lives. Astonishing!

⭐I read this book in 4 days. It completely gripped me. The story between the 2 brothers, garnered from their letters was so compelling. I recently visited Arles and Vincent Van Gogh’s asylum in St Remy de Provence, so the story really resonated with me. Beautifully written and a great insight into an amazing relationship between two creative souls.

⭐I really enjoyed this book, it is a beautiful story between two brothers that loved each other but at the same time went through many difficulties. I don’t usually read non-fiction but I recommed this to everyone, especially fellow art lovers. Also the cover is beautiful and the book inside as well, it has a lot of Van Gogh’s pictures and drawings that I have personally never seen before. It is a work of art inside and out.

⭐I loved this book. The design of this book with the illustrations is beautiful. I learnt a lot about the Van Gogh brothers & their friendship, it touched my heart. I also liked that the chapters are quite short,making it easy to dip in and out of. Recommended.

⭐Excellent read for first timer , nothing new to learn here ! Are the hats on the front cover allotted to the wrong brother?

⭐Es la peor entrega que me ha hecho Amazon, pedí este libro junto con un box set y me los mandaron en una caja en donde no cabían ambas cosas pero les valió y metieron este libro medio doblado por lo que se maltrato. En si la edición esta ok, pasta blanda y hojas relativamente decentes como la mayoría de las ediciones en inglés.Si buscan reseña del libro vean el video de Fa Orozco en YouTube.


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