paul gauguin still life
Seated woman with bent knee by Egon Schiele
egon schiele arthur roessler
seated Girl Facing by Egon Schiele
Discovering your true identity. Embracing newfound freedom. Finding your first love. All of these have inspired plenty of coming-of-age novels. Between first loves, first heartbreak, and the serious work of fine-tuning one’s identity—these stories of self-discovery are packed with emotional heft and nostalgic highs and lows. We’ve put together a few of our favourites—and while they span identities, eras, and circumstance, each protagonist can agree on one thing: growing up is hard to do!
Cider with Rosie - Cider with Rosie is a wonderfully vivid memoir of childhood in a remote Cotswold village, a village before electricity or cars, a timeless place on the verge of change. Growing up amongst the fields and woods and characters of the place, Laurie Lee depicts a world that is both immediate and real and belongs to a now-distant past.
Bonjour Tristesse - Bonjour Tristesse tells the story of Cecile, who leads a carefree life with her widowed father and his young mistresses until, one hot summer on the Riviera, he decides to remarry - with devastating consequences.
The Adventures of Augie March - 'The Adventures of Augie March is the Great American Novel. Search no further' Martin Amis.A penniless and parentless Chicago boy growing up in the Great Depression, Augie March drifts through life latching on to a wild succession of occupations, including butler, thief, dog-washer, sailor and salesman.
Olivia - When Olivia turns sixteen she is sent to a Parisian finishing school to broaden her education. Soon after her arrival, she finds herself falling under the spell of her beautiful and charismatic teacher. But Madamoiselle Julie's life is not as straightforward as Olivia imagines and the school year is destined to end abruptly in tragedy.
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