The Optickal Illusion

The Optickal Illusion

In this vividly fashioned debut, Rachel Halliburton draws from the sordid details of a genuine scandal that deceived the British Royal Academy to deliver a stirring tale on the elusive goal of achieving artistic renown. It is 1797 and in Georgian London, nothing is certain anymore: the future of the monarchy is in question, the city is aflame with conspiracies, and the Fren In this vividly fashioned debut, Rachel Halliburton draws from the sordid details of a genuine scandal that deceived ...

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Title:The Optickal Illusion
Author:Rachel Halliburton
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Optickal Illusion
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

The Optickal Illusion Reviews

  • Melody
    Aug 20, 2018
    2.5 I was excited about a book with Mary Wollstonecraft though she is a pretty minor player in this story. ...
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    Jan 19, 2018
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  • Rebecca
    Jun 14, 2018
    I won an advance copy from a Bookish giveaway. All opinions are my own. ...
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    Feb 04, 2018
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    Nov 18, 2017
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    Aug 27, 2018
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    Mar 02, 2018
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    Dec 14, 2017
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  • Helen Hollick
    Jul 04, 2018
    This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review: Helen Hollick founder #DDRevs "... everything from clothes to food to interiors in the last few years of the 18th century are so vividly depicted. Her beautiful prose even manages to make a work of art out of one of the best d...
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    Oct 22, 2018
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    Dec 31, 2017
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    Feb 19, 2018
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  • Karen Mace
    Feb 06, 2018
    This is a sumptuous read, stepping back to Georgian times to take a look behind the scandal that rocked the art world, deceiving so many prominent artists of the time, and looks at those behind the deception. I have to admit to knowing very little of the art world, although reading ...
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    Jan 07, 2018
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    Dec 02, 2017
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  • Rebecca
    Dec 22, 2017
    (Nearly 3.5) Halliburton?s debut novel is inspired by a real-life scandal that shook the Royal Academy of Arts in the 1790s while American-born Benjamin West was its president. The descriptive language is rich with colors and patterns, creating what are basically miniature landscapes...
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    Oct 14, 2018
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    Aug 07, 2018
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    Dec 14, 2017
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    May 12, 2018
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  • Cathy
    Feb 07, 2018
    The author has taken a real life scandal that enveloped the art world of London in the 1790s and fashioned it into an intriguing story of artistic rivalry, deception and debate about the position of women in society. Much of the novel focuses on the attempts of Thomas Provis and his...
  • Debbie
    Jun 16, 2018
    I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. This is a really interesting book based on a true story in the artistic community of 18th century London. The author does a good job of laying the groundwork for the mystery of the story, concea...
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    Oct 24, 2017
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    Jan 30, 2018
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    Jun 26, 2018
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    Jun 02, 2018
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  • nikkia neil
    May 30, 2018
    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC. A instant classic for me. The satire, buffoonery, and fun of this book cannot be effused enough. ...
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    Oct 19, 2018
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    Dec 14, 2017
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    Oct 14, 2017
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  • Sarah Faulkner
    Sep 17, 2018
    To be fair, I'm stopping reading about 25% in because I just can't get into it at all. It is so boring and disjointed--I gave it multiple "second tries" hoping to be able to get into it because the period and topic are interesting to me, but it's just all blandness and obfuscation and ...
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    Dec 14, 2017
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    Feb 07, 2018
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    Feb 19, 2018
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    Jan 21, 2018
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    Jan 07, 2018
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    Jan 24, 2018
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    Jun 25, 2018
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    Apr 08, 2018
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  • Dawning  Moon
    Jun 30, 2018
    This was a book which kept my attention, most of the time. About a scandal which happened in the late eighteenth century, and was so much more than that. It began from a girl?s dream, a girl?s need, and finally a tribute to a person that was dear in her life. The story is all ab...
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    Nov 03, 2018
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    Sep 25, 2018
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    Sep 07, 2018
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    Mar 03, 2018
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