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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,489 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Vincent Van Gogh Narrator: Clive Chafer Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN: 9781470807160
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Each night, when the hours of painting and drawing were over, Vincent van Gogh put pen to paper and poured out his heart through letters to his beloved brother Theo, his confidant and companion. No thought was too small, no element of his craft too insignificant, no happening too trivial. It was all scrupulously recorded and shared. In these letters, Van Gogh reveals himself as artist and man. Even more than if he had purposely intended to tell his life story, Van Gogh’s letters lay bare his deepest feelings, as well as his everyday concerns and his views of the world of art. Irving Stone has edited the letters of Vincent in such a way as to retain every line of beauty, significance, and importance. “It is my humble opinion that Vincent was as great a writer and philosopher,” Stone says, “as he was a painter.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An extraordinary book…and a great one.”

    New York Times

  • “A great book, the greatness of a man in his own words.”

    Nation

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherri | 2/3/2014

    " After reading Stone's "Dear Theo" and "Lust For Life," my love and appreciation for Vincent van Gogh (his life and his art) grew ten-fold. It is heartbreaking to realize how unappreciated this man was throughout his life. The amount of work he accomplished that was hardly ever seen by the public while he was alive is extraordinary; and is described superbly by the author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 2/2/2014

    " Fascinating... I won't lie I couldn't get through it all, but it is amazing getting into the mind of a pure artistic genius. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melisa Blankenship | 1/26/2014

    " one of my favorite books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/18/2014

    " Letters from Van Gogh to his brother Theo. I learned much much more about his trouble life, a good read for me................ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Imixe | 1/17/2014

    " Me costo trabajo el incio del libro, pero la parte final es tremendamente dura y reveladora "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynette Eklund | 12/16/2013

    " This is a wonderful book -and I will finish reading it some day. I will have to read this in spurts however because, as candid as Vincent is in his letter writing, he is also at times long-winded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 12/10/2013

    " Absolutely my favorite book. Totally changed the way I viewed Van Gogh. Discovered he was a very intelligent and loving person who just didn't have a chance. Hear the story of the artist's life in his own words to his brother and you'll never see him the same again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aurelius | 11/7/2013

    " I read this book at the Met under the Temple of Dendur. Afterwards I came across "Wheat field with cypresses", (Van Gogh's depiction of clouds and fields in turbulent motion.) I thought of his words .. "It's been very stormy for three nights. The wind came blowing across the open meadows". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 wigger | 11/6/2013

    " Letters by Vincent Van Gogh to his brother & benefactor Theo. A personal glimpse into the life of one of the greatest artists of all time! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/17/2013

    " Good, but hard to get through. It is a collection of Van Gogh's letters to his brother. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Zachary | 4/17/2013

    " Pretty agonizing to read but you keep reading. This was no myth and no saint, but insane? Yup, poor guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marisa Bennett | 12/18/2012

    " I think this is a great book! While others choose to believe much more recent biographies, my feeling is this one is probably as well-researched, and defines Van Gogh exactly as he seems to me today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pepper McColgan | 11/30/2012

    " I thought the book was great. A savor a little at a time kind of book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nom de Plume | 10/28/2012

    " From the letters of Van Gogh to his Brother. He was a wonderful writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 10/18/2012

    " Strange to feel so intimate to someone who is almost so iconic as to be invisible. "

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About the Author
Author Vincent Van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on twentieth-century art. Van Gogh spent his early adulthood working for a firm of art dealers, traveling between The Hague, London, and Paris, after which he taught for a time in England. He painted his first major work, The Potato Eaters, in 1885, and after moving to the south of France, he developed the unique and highly recognizable style that became fully realized by 1888. Although he painted around nine hundred works in ten years, he was plagued by bouts of mental illness and ultimately took his own life in 1890.

About the Narrator

Clive Chafer is a professional actor, director, producer, and theater instructor. Originally from England and educated at Leeds and Exeter universities, he has performed and directed at many theaters in the San Francisco area, where he makes his home, and elsewhere in the US. In 1993 he founded TheatreFIRST, Oakland’s professional theater company, where he served as artistic director until 2008.