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The Rules of Perspective

Thorpe, Adam

ISBN 10: 0805080422 / ISBN 13: 9780805080421
Published by Henry Holt, 2006
Used Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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1st American Edition/1st Printing. SIGNED by author on a bookplate on front end page (signature only). remainder dot on top. DJ has small closed tear on lower front. $23.00 price present on DJ flap. Bookseller Inventory # 021034

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Title: The Rules of Perspective

Publisher: Henry Holt

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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A story of beauty, hope, and love in the face of war
On the morning of April 3, 1945, a phosphorous shell from the advancing American army tears through the roof of the Kaiser Wilhelm Museum in the historic town of Lohenfelde.
Huddled in the museum's vaults to escape the artillery bombardment, are Heinrich Hoffer, the museum's hapless acting director, and three of his colleagues. These vaults become the stage for an intense psychological drama of secret histories and shared terror, as the four Germans prepare themselves for their fate.
Aboveground, picking through the rubble, an American soldier, Corporal Neal Parry, longs to be back in West Virginia studying art--not dodging sniper's bullets in yet another hostile city. When he finds a small eighteenth-century oil titled Landscape with Ruins in what remains of the museum's vaults, Parry is immediately reconnected with a lost world of beauty and order: the province of art. As the two narratives interweave, the painting's provenance reveals the hidden story of Herr Hoffer, his promiscuos wife, and his three museum associates--and in doing so uncovers other darker mysteries.
Through his beautifully drawn characters, Adam Thorpe allows us to see, as they begin to see, the possibilities of art and love: perspective in the face of war.

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April 1945: a small German town is about to be overrun by the Allied Third Army. The vaults of the town's museum become a stage for an intense psychological drama of secret histories and shared terror, as four people prepare themselves for their fate.

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