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Another wonderful short story collection from Byatt As always, her descriptions of everyday life and items are exceptional Having just visited a Matisse exhibition a couple of months ago, learningabout his paintings and his temperament was very interesting I had no idea Matisse was considered to be a misogynist, for example The main theme of this book is of course art, pretty fitting as I consider Byatt to be an artist of words She s also a very knowledgeable writer and reading these Another wonderful short story collection from Byatt As always, her descriptions of everyday life and items are exceptional Having just visited a Matisse exhibition a couple of months ago, learningabout his paintings and his temperament was very interesting I had no idea Matisse was considered to be a misogynist, for example The main theme of this book is of course art, pretty fitting as I consider Byatt to be an artist of words She s also a very knowledgeable writer and reading these stories really taught me a lot Byatt is my favorite author I reread this book in one morning sitting last week My memory for individual short stories is pitiful, yet I have never forgotten the first of three stories in this volume, so I focus on it here with a close re reading In Medusa s Ankles, a middle aged woman goes berserk in a hair salon but it all turns out fine I remember imagining what that would be like to let go, to behave badly with no thought for others opinions, to act purely on instinct and for ther Byatt is my favorite author I reread this book in one morning sitting last week My memory for individual short stories is pitiful, yet I have never forgotten the first of three stories in this volume, so I focus on it here with a close re reading In Medusa s Ankles, a middle aged woman goes berserk in a hair salon but it all turns out fine I remember imagining what that would be like to let go, to behave badly with no thought for others opinions, to act purely on instinct and for there to be no consequences.I d forgotten all the particulars of the event Susannah, a linguist, is drawn to the salon by the Rosy Nude reproduction she sees through the window She becomes a reluctant receptacle for her stylist Lucian s stories, including tales of his wife s fat ankles and his mistress greater appeal He confides in her his plan to run away I don t want to put the best years of my life into making suburban old dears presentable I want somethingSusannah holds in all her contempt for Lucian and his hip shop redesign until the day he fobs her off on another stylist even though she s said she needs an especially careful job this time because she is to appear on TV to accept the Translator s Medal When Deirdre is done, Susannah forgets about English politeness and says just what she thinks It s horrible I look like a middle aged woman with a hair do Never mind that that s exactly what she is In a whirlwind of fury, she trashes the salon Byatt describes the aftermath, indulging her trademark love of colors It was a strange empty battlefield, full of glittering fragments and sweet smelling rivulets and puddles of venous blue and fuchsia red unguents, patches of crimson streaked foam and odd intense spills of orange henna or cobalt and copper You can just imagine the atmosphere in the salon everyone exchanging horrified looks and cautiously approaching Susannah as if she s a dangerous dog Lucian steps in to reassure her We all feel like that, sometimes Most of us don t dare The insurance ll pay Don t worry You ve done me a good turn in a way Maybe he ll go off with his girlfriend and start a new business, after all Predictably, the man has made it all about him.The ironic kicker to this perfect story about middle age and female rage comes after Susannah goes home to a husband we hadn t heard about yet He saw her Usually he did not You look different You ve had your hair done I like it You look lovely It takes twenty years off you You should have it doneoften Art Work briefly, unnecessarily, uses a Matisse painting as a jumping off point A bourgeois couple, a painter and magazine design editor, hire Mrs Brown, a black woman, to clean their house and are flabbergasted when she turns out to be an artist in her own right The Chinese Lobster, the final story, is the only one explicitly about Matisse An academic dean invites her colleague out to lunch at a Chinese restaurant to discuss a troubled student he s supervising This young woman has eating disorders and is doing a portfolio of artwork plus a dissertation on Matisse s treatment of female bodies Her work isn t up to scratch, and now she s accused her elderly supervisor of sexual harassment The racial and sexual politics of these two stories don t quite hold up, though both are well constructed.Originally published on my blog, Bookish Beck Artist Henri Matisse is known for his use of color in his paintings Author A.S Byatt uses his art as an inspiration for the three stories in this collection Her colorful descriptions are as vibrant as his painting as she combines artistic themes with those about the human condition Medusa s Ankles features a woman growing old, and feeling unattractive and neglected In Art Work , two married artists fail to recognize the talent that their housekeeper possesses The Chinese Lobster asks Artist Henri Matisse is known for his use of color in his paintings Author A.S Byatt uses his art as an inspiration for the three stories in this collection Her colorful descriptions are as vibrant as his painting as she combines artistic themes with those about the human condition Medusa s Ankles features a woman growing old, and feeling unattractive and neglected In Art Work , two married artists fail to recognize the talent that their housekeeper possesses The Chinese Lobster asks what kind of works can be considered to be art, and also touches on mental illness This collection will be enjoyed by readers who love literary fiction 3.5 stars Three short stories which have Matisses s art as a common theme In one of the stories taking place in a hair salon, there is a Matisse poster which coordinates with the d cors colour scheme In the last story, an art student working on her thesis is offended by Matisse s portrayal of women as objects of desire and rightly or wrongly, accuses her male thesis adviser of sexual assault I love Byatt s work Details meticulously observed, both in the outer visual world, and the inner workings of th Three short stories which have Matisses s art as a common theme In one of the stories taking place in a hair salon, there is a Matisse poster which coordinates with the d cors colour scheme In the last story, an art student working on her thesis is offended by Matisse s portrayal of women as objects of desire and rightly or wrongly, accuses her male thesis adviser of sexual assault I love Byatt s work Details meticulously observed, both in the outer visual world, and the inner workings of the human spirit These three stories celebrate the eye even as they reveal its unexpected proximity to the heart For if each of AS Byatt s narratives is in some way inspired by a painting of Henri Matisse, each is also about the intimate connection between seeing and feeling about the ways in which a glance we meant to be casual may suddenly call forth the deepest reserves of our being Beautifully written, intensely observed, The Matisse Stories is fiction of spellbinding authority Full of delight and humorThe Matisse Stories is studded with brilliantly apt images and a fine sense for subtleties of conversation and emotion San Francisco Chronicle My glibly tossed five stars register an exquisite afternoon as much as this collection of three jewels from Dame Byatt All three caught me unexpected Medusa s Ankle s recalled the lead story in Pulse by Julian Barnes, though I could be mistaken, perhaps I am thinking of The Lemon Table Oh well the self awareness was piercing Art Work is brillaintly realized work, one which may have been a marvelous novel The Chinese Lobster likewise was transportive, though it waswhispered verse than My glibly tossed five stars register an exquisite afternoon as much as this collection of three jewels from Dame Byatt All three caught me unexpected Medusa s Ankle s recalled the lead story in Pulse by Julian Barnes, though I could be mistaken, perhaps I am thinking of The Lemon Table Oh well the self awareness was piercing Art Work is brillaintly realized work, one which may have been a marvelous novel The Chinese Lobster likewise was transportive, though it waswhispered verse than anything monumental You don t have to be an expert on Matisse or of art theory to understand and appreciate this rich collection of three stories by A.S Byatt In each story, Byatt frames a scenario with a Matisse painting in such a way that the story is not about the painting itself, but of the characters and they way life is reflected as if looking through a piece of art The prose is lush in color and texture Although art and art history are sprinkled throughout, these subjects aren t forced in a dry way and f You don t have to be an expert on Matisse or of art theory to understand and appreciate this rich collection of three stories by A.S Byatt In each story, Byatt frames a scenario with a Matisse painting in such a way that the story is not about the painting itself, but of the characters and they way life is reflected as if looking through a piece of art The prose is lush in color and texture Although art and art history are sprinkled throughout, these subjects aren t forced in a dry way and fall naturally into the plot.The most interesting approach in each story deals with the characters views of art whether they be pretentious, curious, critical, objective, or narrow and how those views can affect others In the first, Medusa s Ankles, an elderly woman sits at her hairstylist as the world flashes before her at an increasingly uncomfortable pace and she tries to grasp fragments of her youth the art is tied in by the paintings on the salon wall The second, Art Work, deals with a household of artists at different levels this one requires patience to begin with, but once pieces start to fall together it sgripping The third, Chinese Lobster, presents two points of view of a sexual harassment scenario within a university art department Engaging, subtle, and always thought provoking, A S Byatt is a literary wizard I loved these three loosely threaded together Matisse themed feminist short stories, though maybe not quite as much as her Little Black Book of Stories. This little book is one I picked up on impulse and I am very glad I gave in to the impulse Three short stories whose only point of similarity is that they each have a mention either brief or extensive of the artist Henri Matisse.In each story a woman in central to the plot in the first a middle aged academic goes to a hair dresser based on the fact that there is a Matisse Le Nu Rose hanging inside and we then follow her ongoing relationship with the salon and it s proprietor, with the s This little book is one I picked up on impulse and I am very glad I gave in to the impulse Three short stories whose only point of similarity is that they each have a mention either brief or extensive of the artist Henri Matisse.In each story a woman in central to the plot in the first a middle aged academic goes to a hair dresser based on the fact that there is a Matisse Le Nu Rose hanging inside and we then follow her ongoing relationship with the salon and it s proprietor, with the salon as a metaphor for her life or so it seemed to me.In the second a woman runs her life, family, job and artist husband with the assistance of the formidable Mrs Brown, who ends up having a secret.In the third a woman waits at her favourite restaurant to meet a visiting academic against whom a complaint has been made by a student.These are sketches of the backdrops for some beautiful descriptive writing characters that come across as both complex and complete with their own interesting inner life The plus for me were the links to Matisse, but the gorgeous exploration of colour and image, especially in the last story made the reading experience much like looking at a painting I assigned this book to a reading class The class was all from the inner city, and they all enjoyed the stories so much so that even the quiet ones discussed them in class It speaks heavily for Byatt s writing style that her work can connect with students who have such a different background than hers.