Secrets of the Camera Obscura

Secrets of the Camera Obscura Invented by two Chinese eccentrics stolen by Leonardo da Vinci and exploited by the Dutch painter Vermeer the camera obscura has a mysterious and eventful past that now appears to be linked to seve

  • Title: Secrets of the Camera Obscura
  • Author: David Knowles
  • ISBN: 9780811806558
  • Page: 349
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Invented by two Chinese eccentrics, stolen by Leonardo da Vinci, and exploited by the Dutch painter Vermeer, the camera obscura has a mysterious and eventful past that now appears to be linked to several murders In a contemporary American city, a beautiful young woman who frequented the camera obscura is found decapitated just beyond the range of its lens Another visitorInvented by two Chinese eccentrics, stolen by Leonardo da Vinci, and exploited by the Dutch painter Vermeer, the camera obscura has a mysterious and eventful past that now appears to be linked to several murders In a contemporary American city, a beautiful young woman who frequented the camera obscura is found decapitated just beyond the range of its lens Another visitor to the tourist attraction, a secretive art student, becomes the prime suspect Watching them all is the man who runs the camera obscura a black room with a moveable lens to the outside world From this cliff top perch he writes the enigmatic history of the camera obscura s invention and its use, all the while unveiling strangely parallel tales of love and obsession With sharp humor, historical revelations, and increasingly sinister clarity, author David Knowles unfolds this layered and unpredictable tale of duplicity and jealousy and the special powers of the camera obscura.

    One thought on “Secrets of the Camera Obscura”

    1. A strange, yet compelling and interesting, novella. I don't want to spoil anything, but it is fascinating, and although the ending leaves a measure of doubt, for me there is no doubt. Some people will not like the somewhat rambling style, as it is told through the eyes of the protagonist, but others will really enjoy. The fact that the author was a Benedictine monk is also fascinating. No doubt some have spent much time analyzing his words.

    2. This is a short novella about the owner and operator of a camera obscura. He is the narrator of the novel, and the story alternates between the present and times from the past that are relevant to the history of the camera obscura. The narrator reveals that a beautiful Italian woman has been decapitated recently near the camera obscura, and that makes him realize that there have been other decapitations connected to the camera obscura throughout its history. He retells these events while also tr [...]

    3. This is a strong book. And I think David Knowles graduated from the same writing program as I did at UC Santa Cruz. And even though it follows the same, first time novelist narrative of becoming unreliable as the surprise ending, (the same direction of labor I spent on my first narrative). The idiosyncratic research, the completely unique setting and the obsessive personality that the thing revolves around are all extremely worthwhile. Besides, I will never be able to forget that coffee grounds [...]

    4. Bom para caralho. Curto, narrativa simples, mas bem interessante. Algumas curiosidades históricas também constam no enredo. Uma rápida pesquisa pela me confirmou várias delas.Li a edição em Alemão. Achei tranquilo, mesmo ainda não dominando completamente o idioma. Recomendo para quem quer ler algo para treinar uma língua estrangeira.

    5. One of the most twisted books I´ve read. Four different perspectives mixed up in one story of hidden crimes.

    6. the plot is interesting but not unique. however, the author's ability to write the narrator's foggy perspective is amazing. this is a short read and well worth it.

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