I Am Rembrandts Daughter


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Based on historical fact, and filled with family dramas and a love triangle that would make Jane Austen proud, I Am Rembrandt's Daughter is a powerful account of a young woman's coming of age in the shadow of one of the world's most brilliant and complicated artists. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Cullen creates a powerful family drama. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy. This website uses cookies to improve user experience.

By using our website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Cookie Policy. It looks like you are located in Australia or New Zealand Close. This was a good historical fiction book, but I found it somewhat boring. It took a long time for the story to evolve and sometimes it was not very interesting. It was the story about a girl named Cornelia who's mother died during the plague. Her father was a once-well-known painter who has since gone soemwhat crazy. Cornelia's life seems to be spinning out of control but she finds love where she leasts expects it to make ends meet.

I would not necessarily recommend this book to everyone because i This was a good historical fiction book, but I found it somewhat boring. I would not necessarily recommend this book to everyone because it was not very interesting, but it was a good read for anyone interested in historical society. May 29, Haley rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: girls who like teen historical fiction. Shelves: young-adult , historical-fiction , romance , read-in , couldn-t-put-down. Cornelia has always been defined by her father, Rembrandt, the once-celebrated now notorious painter.

Most call her the crazy artist's bastard child. But when a man of esteem, Carel, takes an interest in her, she begins to think maybe she can escape her impoverished home, just like her brother, Titus did with the beautiful, bitchy Magdalena can you tell I hate her?

A lot? When the her father's apprentice, serious Neel, begins to notice her, she brushes him off- why would she want to be further as Cornelia has always been defined by her father, Rembrandt, the once-celebrated now notorious painter.

When the her father's apprentice, serious Neel, begins to notice her, she brushes him off- why would she want to be further associated with the unstable Rembrandt, who has never acknowledged her as his own? I LOVE the format of this. It starts when Rembrandt's dead, then goes three years earlier in chapters.

Every chapter or so is labeled by a painting of Rembrandt's and the story behind it from Cornelia's POV, like a flashback earlier. Beautiful imagery. Jun 09, Passione rated it it was amazing. Only neel remains at her fathers side when eveything turns for the worst. Cornelia has a brother named titus who has a different mother who used to be rich but when rembrandts gets il cornelia is a failed painters daughter. Cornelia has a brother named titus who has a different mother who used to be rich but when rembrandts gets ill and gets looked down on titus mother leaves. View 1 comment. Nov 26, Monse rated it it was amazing.

This novel has the main character deal with conflicts like family, self identity, poverty, the plague, and love triangle.

I Am Rembrandt's Daughter

It takes in the 's so if you like historical fiction it's a great choice it's also a well paced story. It doesn't feel rushed and the ending doesn't leave you wanting more, it leaves you feeling content. I recommend this book to anyone that likes these type of things plus you learn a little more about art. Feb 07, Shaya rated it liked it Shelves: school-year , historical-fiction. I'm torn on this book.

I really liked the writing and the imagery and the characters. But the plot? It was just way too predictable. True, it is historical fiction but the main storyline was imagined by the author and not based on fact as far as I could tell from the Author's Note.

The back cover practically gives away that Cornelia is torn between two boys and you can tell she will pick the serious moral one over the very pretty, rich one. Isn't that what always happens? So the first plot stran I'm torn on this book. So the first plot strand was ruined from the start. And the second, I guessed at pages before it was revealed. If only one of them had not been so cliched it would have been a much better book.

There was too much foreshadowing.

Ideas are drilled in about people's character that makes it obvious what will eventually occur. It felt like a first writer's attempt. I did really like Cornelia as a character. She is very strong and able to deal with a lot of her problems. It annoyed me that the book cover spoke about Rembrandt as being maybe crazy. Yes, he is an artist and a bit eccentric but he is not insane. He did make mistakes and is flawed but really no worse than any of the other characters. He ignores Cornelia but I sensed that he understood a lot about her and the people she was associating with.

And he does love Cornelia. If I could go back in time I would tell myself to stop 50 pages before the end and that all my ideas were right but having them revealed was not necessary. Aug 19, Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it. Cornelia is the bastard daughter of a reputed madman, the famous Rembrandt—a once wealthy painter brought low. When her brother marries into wealth—and she captures the smile of a young man named Carel—she begins to dream that maybe life will improve. A disdain Cornelia cannot understand. But then the boy, Carel, returns to he Cornelia is the bastard daughter of a reputed madman, the famous Rembrandt—a once wealthy painter brought low.

I Am Rembrandt's Daughter: Lynn Cullen: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

But then the boy, Carel, returns to her doorstep. Because—like paintings—secrets have a way of surviving. Even in an era when death is as constant as the ringing of plague bells at Westerkerk church. An excellent piece of YA historical fiction! View all 4 comments. I loved I Am Rembrandt's Daughter! I started reading it this morning and finished this evening. What I most enjoyed about the book was the author's vivid descriptions. Although I have never been to Amsterdam I felt like I knew it because of how she portrayed the city.

I also liked reading the parts when they talked about what it takes to make paintings, about how important the light is and about brush strokes and the other things. Because I am not a painter and did not know much about painting it was neat to read and learn about those things. This book reminds me of the novel Girl With a Pearl Earring.

Which is another book I enjoyed! It reminds me of that book because both books were about famous Dutch artists and their way of living. I definitely recommend this to anyone needing a good book to read! View all 3 comments. Mar 25, Bernadette rated it really liked it. After visiting Rembrandt House this week, in the museum shop I noticed this book and downloaded the Kindle version. A very good read. Although fictional, and very little is known about Rembrandt's illegitimate daughter, the story is about her and her life with Rembrandt.

Many of Rembrandt's later works are mentioned and it was fun to look them up and in some ways see the story come to life. Jul 11, Becky rated it liked it. The writing was very good and the author talked about actual Rembrandt pictures. But I had a very hard time believing the "surprise revelation" she put in her book. Sep 21, musiclover rated it it was amazing. I love the book. I even like cornelia's way of thinking and the way she cares for ppl. Jan 21, Sheila rated it it was amazing. This was a great read!

Jul 02, Tifani rated it really liked it. I really liked this very simple and sweet book about love and family. Dec 06, Iris rated it liked it Recommends it for: Anyone who loves history, romance or art. Shelves: historical-fiction , read-in , whatever , 3-star. I thought this book was quite enjoyable.

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It was super intriguing, and the history in it was fascinating. I simply found that it lacked that spark that makes a book great. Although I wanted to know what happened, and for the most part it was interesting, at times I found I was a bit bored. PLOT The plot in this was really interesting. It was, as the title suggests, about Rembrandt's daughter, and she's been left to take care of her father all on her own. They're broke, and Rembrandt, once a great pai I thought this book was quite enjoyable.

They're broke, and Rembrandt, once a great painter, is now scorned by society. There's quite a bit going on, and there's some interesting plot twists, that never even crossed my mind. Mostly though, this book was about the romance. Love triangles However, the love triangle was actually quite well done. I wasn't too impressed with Neel. As the book went on though, Neel started to grow on me. And Carel It was also one of the few love triangles I've read where I couldn't predict the outcome from the start Then she didn't. So that was sort of satisfying.

Something like that anyways. It isn't a place I've read much about, so it was super interesting. I'm glad I read it just for the history alone. It was just fascinating! The setting felt really real as well. It had obviously been well researched, and it just felt so vivid. Basically, I was impressed. I don't know. I liked them well enough, but none of them felt particularly well developed. I already addressed her love interests in the spoiler tag, and there really isn't anything else I feel I can say without spoilers, so I'm just going to completely not address them here.

Other than that though I had moments where I really liked her, but she wasn't very well developed, and felt like cardboard a lot of the time. He actually had a really rich character, and although he wasn't very nice, I liked reading about him, because Don't question me on this There was couple other characters I could address, but I think the risk of spoilers is just too big, and they don't seem important enough to bother with spoiler tags, so I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to everyone, but I think it's worth a read if it's your sort of thing. Aug 06, Craig Masten rated it did not like it.

It takes huge liberties in the complete absence of factual evidence for the sake of a good fictional story. The problem is that a reader unaware of what is known fact, oftentimes presumes such imaginative plot lines to be factual. The best historical fiction attempts to recreate the lives and times of its characters based on real evidence.

It does not make things up according to wild speculations by the author about gaps in the known information. Therefore,I will in my mind the opposite of a spoiler— in attempting to set the record straight, so any reader will not get the wrong idea about Rembrandt and his family. I feel the author has done a good job in portraying the atmosphere of his times—the sights and sounds and look and language and sense of place.

No such evidence exists. Furthermore, evidence exists than rather than having been neglected and being somewhat estranged emotionally from Rembrandt, he in fact made a business arrangement with her and his son to be owners of all his worldly goods and the paintings in order to avoid creditors. The book is right to portray him as a somewhat disgraced and out of favor painter, but whether he drank to excess and was subject making embarrassing public scenes is more authoritarial speculation, as is the idea of taking his daughter for granted.

That flies in the face of the above evidence of trust he had in her. A good writer if historical fiction can find a way to make the researched facts bring the actual persons depicted come true to life, not be turned into fictional characters divorced from them. This novelist gives a naive or uninformed reader a distorted picture of the past. It is a betrayal of what historical fiction aspires to do. Not recommended at all. Aug 28, Polekat rated it did not like it. This was a terrible book. Would not recommend to anybody ever, especially not as a clean read.

You know it's a bad book when, among other things, the main character ends up falling in love and kissing her cousin that she didn't know she had. Granted, it was the 16? There were some other things that really bugged me about this book like nude posing, bad language, etc. In conclusion, I would rate this This was a terrible book. In conclusion, I would rate this book 0 if I could.

Mar 19, Heidi rated it liked it. Since we are visiting Amsterdam this month, I wanted to read something about Rembrandt. While this wasn't the best writing I have read, it was an interesting and plausible story based on the life of one of Rembrandt's actual children - the daughter he had out of wedlock after his wife died from the plague.

It was fascinating to read about the process of his painting, and sad to learn that he had become penniless towards the end of his life. This book is beautifully written. Lynn Cullen writes amazingly rich stories. This is historical fiction, drawn from people and events.

I am Rembrandt's Daughter

Cornelia was a real person, and though there is little we know about her story, we get a glimpse of what she may have been like, what Rembrandt was very likely like, and life in Amsterdam in the 17th century, during years when the plague took a tremendous toll. Jul 09, Phyllis Elkin rated it it was amazing.

Cornelia van Rijn is the daughter of the once famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn and his maid. Cornelia feels shame and anger towards her father for not marrying her mother, making her life miserable and leaving Cornelia to be labeled illegitimate.

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