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Bluebeard was written in 1988. Rabo Karabekian is an old abstract expressionist painter who is obsessive about his painting collection. He his missing one eye from the war. In the beginning the reader learns that he is very private, with a sense of humour. A young woman, Circe Berman shows up on his property and Rabo, not knowing that she planned to stay for a long time, invites her to stay with him. She makes him write to get out his frustrations so he writes an autobiography. The plot jumps back and for the between the autobiography and what is happening in present time. He begins with his move from Armenia to California, and his childhood in New York. He tells the reader about how he obtained his place in the art world, and talks about being an apprentice for a famous artists and the work he had to go through like having to paint a room so well the it looked like a photograph. When he speaks about the present it is revealed that he is hiding a huge secret in his locked up potato barn, and that Circe wants to get in and find out what it is. No one except Rabo knows what's in there.
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The review of this Book prepared by Brittany Kube

Bluebeard is the "autobiography" of painter Rabo Karabekian. Once an important painter and friend of Jackson Pollack, Karabekian no longer paints because the material he used for his works had a flaw that made it peel up and flake off. His home is invaded by widow Circe Berman who browbeats him into writing his autobiography. Berman also dedicates herself to finding out what Rabo has hidden in his shed.
The review of this Book prepared by Steve Honeywell

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   artist Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   60's-90's    -   long lived adults Ethnicity/Nationality    -   American Indian    -   Greek


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   California Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog    -   little dialog

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