Book Review: The Chalk Artist
This week I read the novel, The Chalk Artist by Allegra Goodman and here are my thoughts.
After the last two books I read (which were both non-fiction that spoke on the "art world") I was in the mood for something a bit more casual. I picked up this book because it had some good reviews and...um...artist was in the title. ha ha ha
Overall, this book is what I expected. Not too heavy, not too dark, but does have some nicely developed characters. It's a story of relationships between teachers, students, and artists, in an environment of online gaming and visual art. The gaming element is more prominent than one might expect from the title and cover. My kids are really into gaming so I'm pretty familiar and interested in that field right now.
Of course, what interests me the most is how artists are portrayed and this book offered no surprises there. The artist character was portrayed as a floaty genius who everyone marveled at. To be drawn by him was a sensual and spiritual experience. The skills just oozed out of him without effort, ha ha ha...classic!
I was hoping to see more parallels between the artist's work and the relationships between the characters or between the gaming segments and the events, but I can't see any. I think the book doesn't run that deep, the art is just the art and the games are just the games.
Regardless, it was a quick and easy read. Not heavy or depressing just a story of relationships. It cleansed my palette in preparation for another non-fiction.