What are the best fiction books about arts and artists?

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    #1The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)

    The Da Vinci Code is a novel about Robert Langdon's journey in finding the Louvre. He will face many challenges that includes decoding cryptic messages that involves Leonardo Da Vinci's paintings. 


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    Jose Fuller
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I needed to find the best fiction book about arts and artists. I found The Da Vinci Code. I loved the movie and love the book even more. It's about Robert Langdon and his journey in finding the Louvre. He has many challenges on his journey that include decoding messages that revolve around Da Vinci's paintings. Strongly recommended!"
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    #2Cat's Eye

    Cat's Eye
    Cat's Eye is Margaret Atwood's story about Elaine, a painter who returned to her childhood city of Toronto and face life while reminiscing memories from her past. Feminism, art movements, and even war were discussed in this book.


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    Amanda Carter
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "I wanted to like this book because Atwood is a great author, but I just couldn't get into it. It was very depressing and left you with a very sad feeling and bitter taste in your mouth. I thought that it could have been different if the characters had not been so maudlin, but overall I did not like this, I didn't like the characters, and I Felt myself struggling to finish this book. I do not recommend this for anyone."
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    #3A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

    A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce and edited by Seamus Deane is published in 2003. This Penguin Classics edition portrays religious rebellion, including one's development intellectually and emotionally.


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    Arturo Vargas
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "A portrait of the Artist as a Young Man is the best fiction book about art and artists that I have ever read. If you want to read a fiction story about religious rebellion, then you must read this book. It is great!"
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    #4Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring

    Girl with a Pearl Earring is a historical novel fictionalizing the creation of Vermeer's painting of the same name. It tells the story of Griet, a maid in the Vermeer household, and how she came to be immortalized by the master of light.


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    #5Diary: A Novel

    Diary: A Novel
    Diary: A Novel is a young adult novel written by the famous author Chuck Palahniuk, creator of hit books like Fight Club and Damned. This story is about a failed artist who rekindled her interest in painting after some challenges in life.

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    William Alexander
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Diary a Novel is a fantastic work of fiction from Chuck Palahniuk. Detailing the life of a failed artist the book shows how painting and challenges throughout life impact someone. "
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    #6My Name Is Red

    My Name Is Red

    My Name Is Red is a turkish historical fiction novel written by Orhan Pamuk and translated by Erdağ M. Gökna. My Name is Red was published on August 27, 2002 by Vintage.


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    Mick Fang
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Rarely does a book about artists come off as entirely entertaining. However this work of fiction is so well written and so good at painting vivid images it can be seen as a work of art in itself. For all lovers of art and mystery this novel weaves an enchanting tale that is sure to be the masterpiece you are looking for."
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    #7Islands in the Stream

    Islands in the Stream

    Islands in the Stream tells the story of American painter Thomas Hudson living on the Gulf Stream island of Bimini during the World War II where he was visited by his three sons during as part of their vacation. 


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    Ann Pierce
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Islands in the Stream is a classic by one of the best well-known writers, Ernest Hemingway. I think I first read this book while I was in high school and it has now become one of my favorites. "
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    #8The Goldfinch

    The Goldfinch
    The Goldfinch is a coming-of-age, Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Donna Tartt that tells the story of Theo Decker and how his life was greatly shaped and affected by Carel Fabritius' painting of The Goldfinch.
    Hansika Rangarajan
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a great book about the influence of art on people. Although it's fiction, it deals with the beauty and inspiration of art in a real way."
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    Possession is a bestselling historical fiction novel by English author A.S. Byatt. It won the Man Booker Prize in 1990, and it tells the story of the academics as they study the lives of two Victorian poets.


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    Sofía Cabrera
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The thing I liked about this book was that it felt almost real, an engaging nonfiction narrative. I made a connection with the characters, both the contemporary and the victorian ones. It started a little slow, but overall an enjoyable read."
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    #10The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray

    The Picture of Dorian Gray is a philosophical book written by Oscar Wilde, which is about Dorian Gray whose painted portrait of himself done by Basil Hallward ages instead of him as he commits sins and vile acts. 


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    Eva Tang
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "A wonderful book! Eloquently written, with some parts that really made you pause and think. It's so insightful, and really makes rethink humanity. I love this book, it is one of the absolute best books I have ever read! "
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    #11Gently Awakened

    Gently Awakened
    Gently Awakened is a story about an artist and her faith. How she incorporate the word and teaching of God through her paint and canvas. Artists will surely relate to this story because it will make them understand the true meaning of faith.

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    Jack Cole
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The true meaning of faith is a concept that is ideal for me. This fiction books seems to solve it and improve upon the results. I read this frequently and recommend everyone to give it a shot. No harm in trying for yourself!"
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    #12Born in Fire (Born in Trilogy)

    Born in Fire (Born in Trilogy)
    Born in Fire is the first novel in the Born In trilogy by Nora Roberts. Set in Ireland, Born in Fire follows the life of Margaret Mary, a glass artist. When a gallery owner, Rogan Sweeney, sees her art, sparks abound between them.

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    Sharon Moreno
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This is a romance book, about an artist, and her family. I enjoyed it very much. It was very well written, and pleasant to read. "
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    #13An Object of Beauty

    An Object of Beauty

    An Object of Beauty is a contemporary novel written by Steve Martin which centers on Lacey Yeager who dreams to take the NYC art world by storm in the future.


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    Samantha Shaw
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Classic intellectual Steve Martin I think his writing is not for the masses, you should check this one out. His wit comes through in this classic type tale. "
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    #14The Lady and the Unicorn

    The Lady and the Unicorn
    The Lady and the Unicorn is a historical fiction novel written by Tracy Chevalier. This book was originally published in 2003 by HarperCollins. It entails the story behind the creators of the famous painting - The Lady and the Unicorn.

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    Ryan Hart
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This book has a clever setup and is a fine offering in the historical romance fiction genre. The idea of taking tapestries that not much is known about and "weaving" a story around them is inspired. Well done."
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    #15Memory and Dream (Newford)

    Memory and Dream (Newford)

    Memory and Dream is an urban science fiction fantasy and the second book in Newford series written by Charles de Lint. This book is about an artist Isabelle Copley. It is first published in 1994 and Orb Books reprinted it in 2007. 


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    Sandra Enríquez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I've been big into sff books lately. After reading about the same kinds of protagonists on repeat, it was nice to read from a slightly different character. It was nice reading from the viewpoint as someone with the same profession as I, an artist, but the writing kind of dragged. "
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    #16Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds

    Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds
    Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds is a turkish book written by Stephen Kinzer. Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds was published on September 4, 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.

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    Andrés Carrillo
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is Stephen Kinzer's outstanding contemporary history of the Republic of Turkey. Crescent and Star captures all of the paradoxes of modernism, Islam, Western liberal values and Eastern despotism that make Turkey one of the most interesting and relevant nations in the Middle East. I really love this book. "


Best What are the best fiction books about arts and artists
1The Da Vinci Code (Robert Langdon)Books 35 Paid
2Cat's EyeBooks 31 Paid
3A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManBooks 31 Paid
4Girl with a Pearl EarringBooks 29 Paid
5Diary: A NovelBooks 26 Paid
6My Name Is RedBooks 25 Paid
7Islands in the StreamBooks 20 Paid
8The GoldfinchBooks 16 Paid
9PossessionBooks 15 Paid
10The Picture of Dorian GrayBooks 3 Free

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