The Woman Who Heard Color

The Woman Who Heard Color Lauren O Farrell is an art detective who made it her mission to retrieve invaluable works stolen by the Nazis during the darkest days of World War II Her quest leads her to the Manhattan apartment of
  • Title: The Woman Who Heard Color
  • Author: Kelly Jones
  • ISBN: 9780425243053
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Woman Who Heard Color
    Lauren O Farrell is an art detective who made it her mission to retrieve invaluable works stolen by the Nazis during the darkest days of World War II Her quest leads her to the Manhattan apartment of elderly Isabella Fletcher, a woman who lives in the shadow of a terrible history years ago her mother was rud to have collaborated with the Nazis.But as Isabella revealLauren O Farrell is an art detective who made it her mission to retrieve invaluable works stolen by the Nazis during the darkest days of World War II Her quest leads her to the Manhattan apartment of elderly Isabella Fletcher, a woman who lives in the shadow of a terrible history years ago her mother was rud to have collaborated with the Nazis.But as Isabella reveals the events of her mother s life, Lauren finds herself immersed in an amazing story of courage and secrecy as she discovers the extraordinary truth about a priceless piece of art that may have survived the war and the enduring relationship between a mother and a daughter.
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    Kelly Jones grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho She graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, with a degree in English and an art minor During her junior year in Italy she developed a love for both travel and art history The Woman Who Heard Color Berkley Books, October, 2011 , is a historical novel set in Munich, Berlin, and New York A story of family loyalty, banned art, and creative freedom, it spans a period of over a century Her previous novels include The Seventh Unicorn Berkley Books, 2005 , inspired by The Lady and the Unicorn Tapestries in the Cluny Museum in Paris, France, and The Lost Madonna Berkley Books, 2007 , set in Florence, Italy.In her novella and short story collection, Evel Knievel Jumps the Snake River Canyon and Other Stories Close to Home, she departs from these settings in a story set in her hometown of Twin Falls, Idaho She is a mother and grandmother and is married to former Idaho Attorney General Jim Jones, who now serves on Idaho s Supreme Court They live in Boise.Visit Kelly at kellyjonesbooks


  • For me, a historical fiction novel is at it s most successful when it gives the reader a fervent need to learn and know about the subject matter as soon as they close the book I wasn t completely sure about The Woman Who Heard Colors in the first few chapters, but as the book progressed and we got into the heart of the story, I was blown away This book is about WWII, and it s about Hitler, and it s about a female art dealer with synesthesia It touches on the horrors taking place in Germany at [...]

  • My small book group 3 of us read this and pretty much all agreed The neurological phenomenon included in the title is not a major part of the story seemed that it had potential to tell the reader about this as well as make the character interesting The juxtaposition of the current characters young woman searching for art stolen by the Nazis along with Isabelle, the elderly daughter of the story s main character are not particularly interesting and seem unnecessary The main character, Hanna, go [...]

  • I have always had a fascination with synesthesia the brain s association of sound with color or any other mixing of the senses , which is what initially drew me to The Woman Who Heard Color by Kelly Jones Although the book promises some World War and World War II suspense which isn t my cup of tea I still decided to dive in The Woman Who Heard Color follows a two books in one style with a plot taking place in both the turn of the century and in 2009 Although the two storylines blend effortlessly [...]

  • I m not quite sure what to say.I expected magnificence with the 4 star rating I was disappointed It s good, but not stellar Ms Jones effort is fine, she writes well, but this was not the engaging, I cannot put it down must read one chapter novel I was expecting The tie of the modern situation to the past felt forced Then within the story too much predictability the first encounter with Hitler, obvious the first encounter with Keller, equally obvious.Further, the whole synesthesia aspect, which [...]

  • There are many important books, both fiction and non fiction that tell the story of what happened during WW II in Germany and in other European countries Many of these focus on the horrific things that happened to the Jews in the concentration camps and the death camps So why did I like a book that focuses on saving art work Because it was about preserving the creative spirit that is a symbol for the humanity that Hitler and the Nazis tried to destroy It is a book about how the human spirit triu [...]

  • I was recommending this book in one of my group, and as I was posting it I though what a beautiful cover and the synopsis sounded great So I immediately went and bought it and started reading.I could not put it down, what a story It is a story of survival and strength, we get a real feel of the terror living in such a turbulent time It was also filled with art, mystery, suspense and history The author did a wonderful job of writing Hanna s story, I felt like I was experiencing it all while readi [...]

  • Art Detective, Lauren O farrell, is investigating art stolen during World War ll in hopes of restoring pieces to their rightful owners She is looking into, Hanna Fleischmann, who was rud to be a Nazi Collaborator She contacts Hanna s elderly daughter, Isabella to probe about Hanna s past She is stunned when Isabella not only invites her into her home, but also shockingly announces she has possession of a Kandinsky painting, which was believed to have been destroyed during the war Isabella believ [...]

  • A German teenager, Hanna, who associated music with color and for whom color spoke clearly and loudly, manages through the help of her sister, to obtain a housekeeping job in the home of an art dealer Through his tutelage,and that of his ailing wife, her appreciation for art grows At dinner parties at the house, she serves artists such as Vassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc and Jalewsky Later, when she works at the art gallery, her education is further enhanced and her skills in understanding clients [...]

  • This book has a fabulous plot and premise It follows Hanna, a German girl from the country, who moves to Munich in 1900 to work in the household of a well known Jewish art dealer Hanna s special ability to see colors when she hears voices, music, and other sounds, as well as hear beautiful music when she sees colorful paintings the neurological condition called synesthesia , catches the interest of her employers, and she begins to learn about art and music and rub elbows with such famous artists [...]

  • Loved this book A modern day art history detective meets with the daughter of a supposed Nazi collaborator, thought to have helped Hitler steal great works of art From that we learn Hanna s story and see from within a family and country, Hitler s total dominance of his people This has a little different slant though which is what made it fascinating for me, because Hanna has synesthesia, she can look at colors and hear music, and becomes am art agent at her Jewish husband s gallery This novels c [...]

  • While I enjoyed the book, I was dissapointed that it did not delve in the synesthesia of the title character Since it is what begets the title of the book and what draws the title character, Hanna, to art in the first place I also found that in the end, I still did not feel as if the whole story of Hanna was ever truly revealed Had this been a biography pieced together from survivor accounts and family stories, this would have been understandable, but for a novel whose intent is to reveal the t [...]

  • 3.5 StarsThis author creates a rich and vibrant story of a woman growing up in an ever changing Germany and Europe during the early 20th century, fighting through tyranny and tragedy to create a better life for her children and to rescue the great artworks of Germany from destruction I enjoyed the atmosphere the author created, an ever darkening aura over the art world as the story marches towards bonfires of color annihilation She breathed life into this affluent world of wealth and art as well [...]

  • As other reviewers have said, the title is misleading Synesthesia doesn t play a major role in this book Yet it does illustrate that Hanna s perspective is different.It was actually really hard for me to decide how many stars to give this novel I can t say that I liked this book, but I also can t say that it was merely OK because it caused me to think about the ethical issues involved in Hanna s conduct I judge ethics by the consequences of the action Many would say that Hanna didn t have a choi [...]

  • Lauren O Farrell is an art detective, specializing in retrieving works stolen by the Nazis and returning them to their rightful owners During her investigations, she learns of a Munich art dealer, Hanna Fleischmann, who may have collaborated with the Nazis Lauren tracks down Hanna s daughter, the elderly Isabella Fletcher, hoping to learn about Hanna s activities during the war What Lauren find out is shocking a priceless Kandinsky painting may have survived Hitler s destruction of modern art a [...]

  • I read this as part of a book club choice, otherwise I might not have finished it.Having read and loved The Art Forger, I was hoping that The Woman Who Heard Color might be along a similar vein Instead, it is a rather dull retelling of someone s life and work in Germany during Hitler s reign Some hardships are mentioned, but never fully explored The way Hanna kept her struggles to herself, instead of sharing what had happened with others, was as annoying for me as reader as it must have been for [...]

  • A link to the author s website kellyjonesbooks womanW I am wondering how much of this story is true and how much is fiction I chose not to read this book because there really is very little in the book about synesthesia Oh, look at this mentalfloss article 49 Not only Kandinsky, but also Nabokov had synestheisa To a small extent it comes up in his memoir Speak, Memory, which I must soon read On the topic of synesthesia these books also look interesting Wednesday Is Indigo Blue Discovering the Br [...]

  • I was impressed by the local Wellington Library I put this book in as a request to buy, and then within a month it was on the shelf waiting for me, and boy I do like me a brand new book to read.I like a bit of historical second world war drama to read, and this was the basis of the story Lauren O Farrell is an art detective, who is invited into the home of eighty two year old Isabella Fletcher to help find out about Isabellas mothers past.Her mother as a teenager, leaves the family farm to go to [...]

  • An amazing book combining two interrelated stories, past amd present In the present day an art detective has made it her mission to retrieve works of art confiscated by the Nazis so they may be returned to their rightful owners She is seeking to establish the facts about a woman she believes collaborated with the Nazis The parallel story is that of the suspected collaborator, beginning at the turn of the 20th century and continuing to post World War II This is the woman who heard color, a woman [...]

  • I had read some of the reviews on this when I was half way through the book and didn t see how they could rate this book as average or below average I loved it I thought it told a very interesting story and loved Hannah throughout the book I grew to like Isabella in the end too Maybe the historical factors were not exactly right and that was the reason for the dislike, but I found it to be a very interesting take on what happened with some of the art that was taken during Hitler s regime I also [...]

  • Generally I adore novels that use the past and present plot threads to weave historical tales that hold a grip on the lives of today s characters Unfortunately, that particular plot device didn t work for me in this novel The modern scenes felt contrived, redundant and occasionally amateur The best writing took place in Germany between the wars I was rooting for Hanna but the older she got, the of her life was glossed over I guess I wanted her story to sing for me like the colors of a Chagall, [...]

  • I really liked the plot of this story as well as the characters The character development was top notch The story was one I don t remember ever hearing about before, letting alone reading, so it was refreshing to encounter some actual creativity My only complaint is that there was a lot of telling as oppose to showing in the descriptions of things and that made it tedious at times Overall, though, it was a great story.

  • I loved the idea of synesthesia and that the main character had this trait in common with Kandinsky, which gave his paintings so much meaning for her I really hated the cover art Way to pimp up a story that really isn t an erotic one Not that the author can help what liberties the publisher cares to commit in the name of marketing.

  • I am halfway through this book and am going to do what I rarely do, not finish The labored attempt to turn a history lecture into fiction is too exhausting for me I have absolutely no investment in any of the characters I agree with another reviewer who said the cover art belies the feel of this book Reading it feels like work to me.

  • This is an excellent book I loved the blend of historical and modern and the characters were relatable and likable I learned many facts about art and Hitler s view and implementation of art disposal and procurement during World War II The writing in enchanting and the story is highly entertaining I strongly suggest this wonderful book by Kelly Jones.

  • This book had potential, but I found it somewhat disappointing The synesthesia element was sort of a red herring The switching between present day and Hanna s history was not fluid and resulted in a lot of repetition It s a WWII story with an art history hook Not bad, just not great.

  • Don t let the cover fool you it is not a sappy romance book This is a story within a story about a woman trying to recover art lost during WWII and a young woman during that war struggling to save the precious art she loved so much I really enjoyed this book

  • Loved this story on how those who lived in Germany during Hitlers rule were affected, controlled and struggled during this time Moving story.

  • Great readA great novel of art, the war, and survival The story combines history with artistic emotion Loved the book very much.

  • 36 A book set during war time PopsugarReadingChallengeSar che l ho trovato nuovo al prezzo di un gelato grazie eccedenze di magazzino sar che quando si parla d arte mi si compra sempre molto facilmente, ma questo libro mi piaciuto un sacco Lo stile scorrevolissimo, ho letto cento pagine senza nemmeno accorgermene, e la storia molto coinvolgente La sinestesia un fenomeno di commistione dei sensi pur non essendo il tema centrale della storia, una parte importante che caratterizza la protagonista, [...]

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