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I really enjoyed this book, it is a beautiful story between two brothers that loved each other but at the same time went through many difficulties I don t usually read non fiction but I recommed this to everyone, especially fellow art lovers Also the cover is beautiful and the book inside as well, it has a lot of Van Gogh s pictures and drawings that I have personally never seen before It is a work of art inside and out. From the author of National Book Award finalist Charles and Emma comes an incredible story of brotherly loveThe deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers lives Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life They shared everything, swapping stories of lovers and friends, successes and disappointments, dreams and ambitions Meticulously researched, drawing on theletters Vincent wrote to Theo during his lifetime, Deborah Heiligman weaves a tale of two lives intertwined and the extraordinary love of the Van Gogh brothers Praise forVincent and Theo Printz Honor BookYALSA Nonfiction Award WinnerSCBWI Golden Kite Winner Boston Globe Horn Book Awards Winner, Nonfiction Cybils Senior High Nonfiction Award Winner A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love Kirkus, starred review A breathtaking achievement that will leave teens eager to learn School Library Journal, starred review Excellent read for first timer , nothing new to learn here Are the hats on the front cover allotted to the wrong brother It is a great insight into the family life of Van Gogh and how his life unfortunate events affected his brother This book has received an award for young fiction, but it can certainly be read and enjoyed by adults, too The writing is straightforward and clear I ve come away with a far greater sense of the complexity of Vincent Van Gogh He adored and tried to please his family, but they were mostly too socially respectable to cope with his disruptive nature He tried to go into the family business, but the business was to sell popular art, not to make the sort of art Vincent envisioned He tried to be faithful to the God his family worshiped, serving the poor and sick, but found religion too small to hold his spirituality He was called to paint the world as he saw it, and was miserable unless he was painting He went at the task of learning his craft with all his might and passion year after year, struggling with bouts of depression and with not belonging, and with not being able to have a family like other men Nevertheless, he loved people and they loved him and found him wonderful, if infuriating His brother, Theo, loved him dearly, and supported him, surviving him only by six months..We talk about mental illness as though it defined Vincent, yet he kept painting even in the asylum where he was forced to live during his most disabled periods, toward the end of his life He lived around his illness as best he could, and created the transcendent art the world knows so well in spite of it There is a credible doubt regarding the story that he killed himself He went out into the fields to paint, and came back mortally wounded No gun, nor his painting materials were ever found Some say he was shot accidentally by boys and covered up for them.While mysteries remain, what I come away with is that he was a great soul, and that s what those who knew him best thought of him, too. Deborah Heiligman s Vincent and Theo is a must read.Writing in a most readable style short sentences, short paragraphs and short chapters she brings Vincent and Theo back to life.She takes one into their childhood, their youth, their adulthood, their death, never exaggerating, but telling it as it was.I have many books about the Van Goghs, but this one is undoubtedly the best.I say bravo to Deborah Heiligman. La versi n de pasta dura vale por completo la pena Las im genes que contiene se ven impresionantes. Me encanto el libro, dise o y contenido What a perfect portrait of Vincent and his brother I thought the simplicity of the text struck just the right tone direct, honest, and original, much like Vincent s own paintings I had read so much about this artist in the past, including his letters to Theo, that I didn t expect to learn much What a surprise to find I came away from this book with a deeper understanding of Vincent and his art and the love the Van Gogh brothers had for each other My daughter in law is a high school art teacher and I ordered her a copy for her classroom I would give her mine, but I ve already loaned it out It s that kind of book, one that you want to share with everyone you know I rarely give five stars, but when I thought of all the books on Vincent that I ve come across, I do believe that this one would be his favorite. I bought this book for my 13 year old daughter for Christmas She is an avid reader who enjoys everything from Isabelle Allende to Frank McCourt She especially is interested in well written memoirs and biographies and I thought Vincent and Theo would be a hit However, the writing style is so disconcerting that it renders this book nearly unreadable The author uses short, simple sentences which lends a choppy feel to the text and never allows the reader below the waves to a deeper meaning or insight She also employs present tense, which is understandable for younger readers, but not what was expected from a book marketed to young adults Additionally, the liberal use of the second person point of view also gives this book a primer like feel to it In short, if you have an emerging reader who needs an easy read to break their teeth in on, this might be for you Skip it if you enjoy a book rich with complex thoughts that will leave you re reading sentences simply to savor their cadence and artistry You will not find that in Vincent and Theo.