Michael Frayn

Read December 2002

Not Rembrandt's in the attic, but Bruegel's in the breakfast room. A weak plot propping up an enjoyable analysis of Bruegel's paintings and, eventually, the painter himself — the more you know of his oeuvre, the more thrilling the chase becomes. As the farce deepens, though, it's hard to feel much of anything for the protagonists. But if you care for 16th century Dutch painting, the intellectual fervor centered around Antwerp or the details of the Counter-Reformation, this book does the job.