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Mr Mac and Me

Mr Mac and Me

Написано Esther Freud

Озвучено John Banks


Mr Mac and Me

Написано Esther Freud

Озвучено John Banks

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8 часов
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Издано:
May 2, 2015
ISBN:
9781471283567
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It is 1914, and Thomas Maggs lives with his parents on the Suffolk coast. Life is quiet - shaped by the seasons. Then one day a mysterious Scotsman arrives, looking for all the world like Sherlock Holmes. Mac is what the locals call him as they whisper. But Mac isn’t a detective, he’s the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and together with his red haired artist wife, they soon become a source of fascination and wonder to Thomas.
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May 2, 2015
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9781471283567
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Esther Freud is the great-granddaughter of Sigmund Freud and the daughter of the painter Lucian Freud. She trained as an actress before writing her first novel. Her books have been translated into thirteen languages. She lives in London.


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  • (5/5)
    Charles Rennie Macintosh is the Mr Mac in Freud's beautiful, sensitive story. By looking at Mr Mac through the eyes of an 11-year old boy Freud shows the architect's vulnerability following his rejection after completing the design of the Glasgow School of Art. He and his wife, Margaret MacDonald, also a gifted artist, retreated to Suffolk in 1914. The story yields an amazing amount of information about Macintosh, Margaret, and the the culture of the times. Freud's story also points to the moment in our history when craftsmanship was being replaced by mass production. I've always been an admirer of Mackintosh designs but now I feel like I have known him for a short while. Wonderful, highly recommended. The author notes at the end reminds the reader that the Glasgow School of Art, one of Mackintosh's great achievements, burned just as Freud's book was going to print.
  • (4/5)
    I would maybe give this four stars if I was a bigger fan of historical fiction, since the writing was flawless. Taking place at the onset of WWI in Ireland, it is a lovely (and at times harrowing) tale of a young boy who befriends the famous Scottish architect, Charles R. Macintosh, and and his famous artist wife Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh. A nice, well written period piece.
  • (4/5)
    William is 14 yrs. Old, living in Suffolk, with his mom, dad and older sister. His parents run a local eating and drinking establishment, and he had six older brothers born before him, though none survived. He was born healthy, strong though with a twisted foot. His life is fairly simple, helping his mother at the inn, working part time for the local rope maker, wandering through the town and the woods. He knows all the flowers, birds, loves to fish and because he is everywhere and people are used to seeing him he manages to over hear things and in this way he knows things many don't. Things are notCompletely rosy though, when his father drinks he becomes abusive.Mac is Charles Ronnie Mackintosh, an architect and painter from Glasgow, come to the coast with his wife for health reasons. William takes to following Mac and eventually becomes wrapped up with him and Margaret. Things are fairly normal until Germany infiltrates France and Suffolk, on the coast, becomes a prime target. This is a simple story, a story about villagers living their lives. Some struggle financially, some are afraid of losing their livelihoods, there are tragedies and times of joy. Many of the things we all experience in our own lives.The war will change these people, make villagers suspicious of each other and particularly of strangers. I embraced this touching story, loved William, all his thoughts and deductions. How he wanted to keep everyone he loved safe. Charles Ronnie and his wife, who was an artist in her own right, were not recognized for their work during their lifetimes. As with what happens with many artists, their genius would not be recognized until after their deaths. Enjoyed the many descriptions in this novel, the setting and the flowers and plants Mac so painstakingly paints. The ending took a turn I didn't expect but it was right, fitting and poignant.ARC from NetGalley.
  • (5/5)
    Mr. Mac is the famed Scottish architect and artist Charles Rennie Macintosh. Me is young Thomas Maggs, son of the local pub managers. Maggs is club footed and has a talent for drawing; his fondest wish is to get out of little seaside village he lives in and see the world. His family spends its time working hard and trying to not upset his drunken, abusive father. When Macintosh and his beautiful, red haired, wife rent a tiny cottage in the seaside village, Maggs suddenly has someone who appreciates and even encourages his sketching of boats in the margins of his schoolwork. Soon Maggs is entangled in the lives of the Macintoshs as he sees lives that are very different from any he’s seen in the village. This budding relationship is threatened by the onset of WW 1 and the warnings the British government publish about spies and traitors; Macintosh speaks with a heavy accent- could he be German? He walks the cliffs at all hours, frequently using binoculars. There are German words in pamphlets in his house; he even corresponds with a German! Could he be in the village to spy for the Germans?This is a coming of age story; young Maggs has his first romantic relationship, works for a rope maker to help support the family, learns to look at the world with new eyes, and learns horrid fear as Zeppelins fly overhead. It’s also a story about how abruptly lives can change; a village that people come to to enjoy holiday becomes a watchful town with soldiers billeted in it, handmade rope is being replaced by barbed wire, a Scotch artist is suddenly seen as a German spy, people die or nearly die, and people are changed in ways no one thought they could be. The prose is just lovely; it’s like the words were lovingly set by a jewel maker. Freud made me able to see this little village and feel the fear of the Zeppelins. It was a delight to read.