- By Rowena Wiseman

Bequest

  • Title: Bequest
  • Author: Rowena Wiseman
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 465
  • Format: ebook
  • Bequest Leonard wants to bequeath his tattooed skin to the National Gallery of Australia He has been almost completely inked by one of Australia s best contemporary artists but he is a canvas that nobody wan

    Leonard wants to bequeath his tattooed skin to the National Gallery of Australia He has been almost completely inked by one of Australia s best contemporary artists, but he is a canvas that nobody wants Strange things start happening to Leonard, Darwin s moth, a tattoo from his calf, flutters around him one night, he wakes with a Cold War gas mask on his head, Mao Tse TuLeonard wants to bequeath his tattooed skin to the National Gallery of Australia He has been almost completely inked by one of Australia s best contemporary artists, but he is a canvas that nobody wants Strange things start happening to Leonard, Darwin s moth, a tattoo from his calf, flutters around him one night, he wakes with a Cold War gas mask on his head, Mao Tse Tung appears in his bed Tattoos from his skin come alive before him and he becomes convinced than ever that his skin is truly precious.

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    1. Rowena Wiseman's short story "Bequest" is proof that self-publishing sites such as Wattpad are now home to some of the most original and provocative creative writing around."Bequest" tells the story of Leonard, a retired history teacher, who spent an earlier period of his life as a living objet d'art, his skin serving the canvas for artist X's tattoos. The narrative follows the gradual disintegration of Leonard's sense of self as he wrestles with the fact that X has in fact exploited him and tha [...]

    2. This book was published partially on Wattpad, but I got it when it was on sale. And dang, I love that I occasionally find a good writer on Wattpad. This is a novella about a man who is a literal art exhibition who wants to be displayed in a museum. but the artist that created him doesn't want him anymore and considers him not part of her repertoire. The magical realism element occurs as the man begins to see hallucinations of the art inked haunting his house and his life, as if they too are year [...]

    3. This was a beautiful and challenging short story. It follows the strange quest of Leonard to have his tattooed skin preserved in a museum. His entire body has been inked by an artist who as since gone on to great fame. What seems to be a macabre and narcissistic endeavor is slowly revealed to be more than a vain quest for immortality but a search for personal meaning and significance - to find value in a life that was not lived openly or to its potential. The story keeps a swift pace switching b [...]

    4. In February, I had the good fortune to read an advanced-stage draft of this story and really liked it. (I didn't know anyone had entered info on it into GR, or I might have reviewed it earlier.)Ms Wiseman has a good sense of art and artists. And she writes extremely well in that arena. I thought the story was kind of allegorical, as well. It has an interesting, heart-felt message about life, art, and legacies. This is the kind of modern story with depth that could be given to young people for a [...]

    5. Bequest is short enough to read in one sitting, but packs a lot in one punch. It's lyrical, poignant, unusual, creative and - fortunately for my squeamishness - not at all as creepy as I feared it might be given the description. This is the second work that I've read by Rowena Wiseman and even though Bequest and Searching for Von Honningsbergs are different in subject matter and tone, both are extraordinary in their ability to set my imagination on fire. Perhaps because they both involve art, I [...]

    6. This dark, twisted tale is told in poetic, seductive language. Leonard’s entire body, other than his face, has been tattooed by artist X. She has taken many years to turn Leonard into a walking, talking piece of art. Now Leonard wants to donate his body to the National Gallery of Australia after his death. He wants to have his skin preserved and saved as a national treasure.The opening scene is set in a tony art gallery where the old-money patrons are connected ‘like electricity’. The char [...]

    7. I devoured this in one sitting. The writing is dark and engaging, prompting me to keep turning pages (well, swiping the screen). It is a short story that combines character study and plot with a surreal twist, leaving me satisfied at the end. I didn't really like Leonard, but I empathised with him. I was amazed to find out it was inspired by a true story of a man from Sydney who wanted to donate his heavily tattooed skin to the museum. In real life, the story turn out quite different to this one [...]

    8. This story comes to life in the same way the tattoos on Leonard's body come to life, in vivid, hallucinatory passages. Leonard has had his entire body covered, the work of a famous artist, and wants nothing more than to leave his literal "body of work" to a museum, but nobody wants it, as nobody wants him either or to hear about the strange things that have started happening to him. The story also doubles as the story of an old man no longer valued by the very people he values most, the people t [...]

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