Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review - Confessions of a Left-Handed Man by Peter Selgin

Confessions of a Left-Handed Man 
An Artist's Memoir
By Peter Selgin

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About The Book:
A collection of autobiographical essays (including the title essay featured in Best American Essays, 2006) that forms a memoir of eccentric childhood leading to an embrace of art. 

"On the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, in the central panel of the most famous painting by that other Renaissance lefty, God, floating on a cloud of purple silk, bestows life on the first man, Adam, through the fingertip of his right hand. Adam, however, who has been created in God's image, accepts the gift with his left hand. Michelangelo knew what he was doing. According to the Roman poet Isidorus, a secret blood vessel runs directly from the index finger of the left hand to the human heart- the heart, not the brain. God wished to bypass the intellect and launch his spark straight into the heart of man, who reaches out to lend Him a hand. The left one." —from Confessions of a Left-Handed Man

Review by Lynda: 
By means of essays, this author gives an inside view of his life, both as a man and artist. What things shaped his  character, affected his inner spirit, and refined his appreciation for the beauty and expression of ART? What difficulties forced changes that seemed insurmountable? What did he loose, and what did he find in the loosing?

Written in a warm and truthful style, Peter Selgin bears his story to us in a procession of sad and triumphal clips, vivid with unforgettable candor. This book will give you reason to smile, lift your spirit, and at times, drop you into a well of introspection along with the author. It's not a light reading, so be sure to find a place without distraction when you begin to read.

 

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