Reviewer Robert Adams likes the book!


I am delighted to share, with permission, a review of The Drawing Lesson written by Robert Adams, as he has quite a following and is a lecturer on English literature. In the text below the review, you will see other novelists that he has reviewed.

The Drawing Lesson: A Review by Robert Adams

“A most satisfying read. Two fascinating and intertwined stories—one of a painter’s struggle to rediscover his Muse, the source of the magical light in his work and the other a dramatization of the ongoing struggle between conceptual and representational art. Mary Martin handles a large cast of characters with great narrative skill. Each has a compelling story to tell and a past—sometimes shocking—to come to terms with. Martin brings her settings, including London and Venice, to vivid life.”

About the reviewer

Author and lecturer Robert Adams delivers five highly acclaimed reviews each year of contemporary novels to sold-out audiences in Toronto and Montreal. He has reviewed books by such novelists as Nobel Laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Saul Bellow, Herzog; Booker Prize-winning novelist J.M. Coetzee, Disgrace; Khaled Hosseini, The Kite Runner; and Jonathan Frazen’s The Corrections.

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About Mary E. Martin

Mary E. Martin grew up in Toronto, Canada. After earning an Honors Degree in History at the University of Toronto, she graduated with her law degree from Queens University, Kingston, Ontario. In 1973, she was called to the Bar of Ontario and began the general practice of law in Toronto, with emphasis on real estate, wills and estates and elder-care law. This law practice of more than 30 years was a great inspiration for The Osgoode Trilogy ("Conduct in Question," "Final Paradox" and "A Trial of One.") Her fourth novel, “The Drawing Lesson,” will be the first in the next trilogy, provisionally entitled “The Trilogy of Rmembrance.” She is also a photographer particularly with respect to her travels. She has had two commercial photography shows. Married in 1973, she and her husband live in Toronto. They have three adult children.
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