francicbaconiybIf you are looking for a biography of Francis Bacon or a book discussing his paintings, may I suggest one of the OTHER books on Francis Bacon that Michael Peppiatt has written because THIS one is a memoir of Peppiatt’s time (over a decade) he spent with the painter hanging out in restaurants, bars, parties, doing all sorts of drinking and whatnot.

Francis Bacon is probably one of my top 3 favorite painters of the 20th century. So already I figured I would like this book. What I did not count on was this being such a dishy memoir! Which, if you know me, you know I love dish. So I enjoyed this very much. It did tend to get a little repetitive, but I guess when you write a book about all the times you went out and got hammered with Francis Bacon it would tend to repeat on the same themes.

The only thing I was disappointed in was the lack of when things were happening. The book was set in three parts, so you would know kind of when things were happening. But while you were reading you never knew what year it was and I found that annoying.

So, if you’re looking for something scholarly, pick a different book. Still and all, if you want a pull-no-punches, kind of gossipy book about one of the 20th century’s greatest painters, get this and put it in your face.

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