A picture hides a thousand words . . .On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . ....
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The Muse Reviews
I received this arc from Edelweiss and Harper Collins, in exchange for an honest review.
*all these quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof of the book, so they might be subject to change.
"My life was a beanstalk and I was Jack, and the foliage was shooting up and up, abundant, impressive, at such that I could barely cling on. I loved and I lost love; I found new creativity and a sense of belonging. And something deeper happened, something darker, which we have all gone through - and if we ha ...more
Review to come.
It's funny how Jessie Burton is able to write stories that are quite similar, but that are still able to evoke very opposing emotions in me. Some years ago, I read "The Miniaturist" and I wasn't impressed. I still appreciated the story, though, and so I decided to get "The Muse" as well and read it. I'm so happy I did! It turned out that I liked this novel a lot better, and in many ways I read it at just the perfect time of my life.
"The Muse" tells the story of two women: Odelle living in 1960s ...more
This is the first time I read for the author. The book has an attractive cover, but unfortunately the content was underwhelming for my taste. However, art lovers might enjoy it. Despite that I do love art, it still didn't capture my senses. I'll refine this review later and mention the points that I disliked.
Confession; I'm a shallow person who often falls for looks. I bought The Muse merely because of its cover. I eyed this pretty thing and thought "how gorgeous would i ...more
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Actual rating: 3.5 stars
Is there anything that holds as much sway over humankind as art?
Whether it takes the form of music or a painting or a sculpture or the written word, nothing speaks to our souls like art. This gives artists a power over their fellow men and women. But no one doubts art so much as its creator, and so an artist’s audience holds within themselves the approval and pra ...more
Description: When on a summer's day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the steps of the Skelton gallery in London to take up a position as typist, she little realises how significantly her life is about to change. For there she meets the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who soon takes Odelle into her confidence and encourages her to pursue her dream of writing. But Odelle senses there is something that Quick is holding back, and when 'Rufina and the ...more
Αρκετά καλό και ευχάριστο θα έλεγα αλλά όχι κάτι παραπάνω....
Στο βιβλίο παρακολουθούμε 2 διαφορετικές χρονικές περιόδους:
Η μια το 1967 με πρωταγωνίστρια την Οντέλ Μπαστιέν μια κοπέλα από το Τρίνινταντ που πήγε να ζήσει στην Αγγλία για μια καλύτερη ζωή. Εκεί αρχικά πιάνει δουλεία σε ένα υποδηματοπωλείο, αλλά στην συνέχεια της δίνεται η ευκαιρία να εργαστεί ως δακτυλογράφος σε ένα ινστιτούτο τέχνης, κάτι που θα φέρει τα πάνω κάτω στη ζωή της.
Και μετά έχουμε και την Όλιβ Σλος από το 1936. Η Όλ ...more
I did not care for The Muse very much. Don't get me wrong, the writing was well-crafted, but I just couldn't connect with the story and the characters. When it comes to the plot, you'd think that a mystery involving two generations, lost art, feminist undertones, and Spanish Civil War would create a perfect narrative, but alas it failed to excite me. The characters that were supposed to glue this narrative only dragged it down with their illogical behaviors and shallow exteriors. The two protago ...more