When everybody is gone, only the silence and the wind remain here to accompany these lonely horses on the carousel.
How many secrets a painting hides is a question that we don’t often ask ourselves while watching a masterpiece hanging on a museum’s wall.
However, the author of Rembrant’s Ghost, Paul Christopher, saw something on the Dutch artist’s work, that made him get the inspiration for writing a novel based on the artist’s paintings.
Placed in our modern world, the main characters, Finn Ryan and Billy Pilgrim, meet for the first time thanks to a Rembrant’s canvas that had been own by a relative and passed by to Pilgrim through a lawyer, after the disapearance of its owner.
Although they don’t undertand at the begining why they’re to chase a group of clues around the world in order to get a hidden treasure, they are certain that the small painting that they have on their hands now is the key to solve the puzzle.
The journey takes them from London to Amsterdam, then to the Polynesia, and after that back to Amsterdam. And it’s during this time when they discover the true story of their own families as well as how was it that an old explorer got to meet Rembrant in Holland and asked him to pain a portrait for his collection, the same portrait that was inherited to them by their lost relative.
It’s only after Finn and Billy have passed through several tests and dangers that they realized that the answer to the riddle is inside of the detailed painting that shows a room in an Amsteram house in which the jewels were hidden by the explorer, and then concealed in the painting made by Rembrant, who helped the old explorer to cover his tracks, to be uncovered in the future only by those able to solve this puzzle made with colors and forms.
One thing that always surprises me about photos is how well a moment in time can be capture and look as fresh and lively as if we were able to see and to hear all what’s happening inside the shot.
By Nora Vasconcelos
When I realized this morning that today was the International day of Chocolate, my mind went back immediately to all those novels that have being written about this delicious food.
Then I also remembered the time when I watched the movie Chocolat (2000), staring Juliette Binnoche and Johnny Depp.
The magic of this movie, based on a book written by the British author Joanne Harris, is that the lives of each one of the main characters gets affected in one way or another by the Chocolate store recently opened by Vianne Rocher, a single mom that has arrived to this small town in France.
As the story advances, the texture and the form of the chocolates created by Rocher attract the interest of the villagers (and the viewers) up to some point that it’s really difficult not to feel like eating the closest chocolate bombom available.
Between chocolates and more chocolates, the lives of the characters change the same as the life of the little village and the own life of the chocolatier, who has gone through several challenges that have made her live in a restless way.
Although the movie has it’s own happy ending, it’s interesting to know that the author of Chocolat (originally published in 1999) wrote two more novels as a sequel of this novel, The Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Monsieur le Curé, in which it’s possible to learn more about Vianne Rocher.
Here’s a little something to look at, relax and get a good deal of inspiration.