Benchere in Wonderland

What is the role of art in the world And what is the responsibility of the artist After the death of his wife, Michael Benchere, a well respected sculptor and once famous architect, looks for ways to redefine the meaning of his life through the purpose of his art Determined to create a sculpture that celebrates nothing than the pure beauty of art, Benchere heads inWhat is the role of art in the world And what is the responsibility of the artist After the death of his wife, Michael Benchere, a well respected sculptor and once famous architect, looks for ways to redefine the meaning of his life through the purpose of his art Determined to create a sculpture that celebrates nothing than the pure beauty of art, Benchere heads into the Kalahari desert where he is followed quite unexpectedly by a ragtag mix of people Over the course of his months in the desert, Benchere must address not only the relationship of his art to the world at large, but his own relationship to the world and how our responsibilities, our loves and dreams don t ever fade in time but, in effect, become ever defined.
Benchere in Wonderland What is the role of art in the world And what is the responsibility of the artist After the death of his wife Michael Benchere a well respected sculptor and once famous architect looks for ways to

  • Title: Benchere in Wonderland
  • Author: Steven Gillis
  • ISBN: 9780990437055
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Benchere in Wonderland”

    1. Every now and then I get a hold of a book that makes the reading experience just a little bit more special—more than the pleasure of reading the story—it’s what I think about while I’m reading it and the churning of thoughts after I’ve set it aside. When I started writing this—this, whatever it is, my review in a sense, but not a review in another sense, my musing or my study, my pondering. I done dragged out a trunk load of notions, harvested quotes from the book and mined from art [...]

    2. If Benchere himself was asked to comment on Steven Gillis’s "Benchere in Wonderland", I’m pretty sure he’d decline, preferring the novel to stand on its own and readers to draw their own conclusions. “Art for art’s sake” is Benchere’s position, at least early on in this compelling narrative, before he goes to the Kalahari Desert where his immense though highly personal sculpture takes on a life of its own.What follows is a lively interplay involving art, politics, altruism, the soc [...]

    3. Good writing. It's an interesting exploration of the role of art in the human world, what involvement it can have and what separations are even possible. The exploration of the patterns of human group behavior is interesting as well. It avoids the pedantic though, keeping the focus on the story and the characters. It's a good read, vivid and engaging.

    4. A line from John Keats, "Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter," popped into my head after reading this book. The story concerns a sculptor, Benchere, whose construction on the African soil is so fraught by a gathered community of spies, the curious, the opinionated, and the hustlers that, by the end of the book, one almost wishes the thing were never built. The artist, the sculptor, believes essentially in art for art's sake. Inspiration, the entelechy of the materials used: t [...]

    5. Steven Gillis’“Benchere in Wonderland” delighted me from beginning to end. I loved the exuberant, independent artist, Michael Benchere, and the half dozen characters (and a dog) that make up his family and friends. Also, I admired and enjoyed Gillis’ finesse in writing about art—and the meaning of art. He has a marvelously light touch. But perhaps ever rarer and more wonderful, I loved the way the characters’ different sensibilities toward art, philosophy, and politics were intrinsic [...]

    6. This is the fifth novel of Steve's that I've read and the seventh book overall. It's the best of his that I've read, which is saying quite a bit, especially after the last trio of Temporary People, The Consequence of Skating, and The Law of Strings.Benchere in Wonderland seems to "simply" ask What is Art? and What is Art's role in the world? I think it goes beyond that though and pushes the reader to think about what it means to be human--what it means to think, to act, to love, to grieve, to ad [...]

    7. I did not think I was going to like this book at first. The description didn't sound all that appealing to me and a couple of typos that the copy editor missed in the first 20 pages made me doubt the credibility of it. But then it started to click. I viewed it as a Wes Anderson movie in type and could almost hear that quirky soundtrack as I read. In a nutshell it's a story of an artist turned architect turned artist who is constantly trying to escape an audience for his work . all the way to the [...]

    8. I won this book in a First Reads contest.I am passing it on to another reader who has interest in it. I am sure they will enjoy it.

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