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
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
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:
In her follow-up to her acclaimed novel The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton adopts a dual timeline structure, following the lives of two creatively gifted women separated by time and place, but linked by a luminous, long-hidden painting that bodes well to take the art world by storm, and a decades-old mystery about the artist. The Muse (2016) lacks the subtle element of magical realism that lent a mysterious aura to the dollhouse and the titular miniat ...more
I must have been living under a rock for the last few years. I had never heard of Jessie Burton or her first, immensely popular novel “The Miniaturist”, before The Muse came into my radar. I don’t tend to read much historical fiction, so perhaps that is why it was lost on me. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book because of the former, and I got to ignore all of that and come at my review with fresh eyes and a fresh perspective.
The Muse is set in two time frames; In the 1960’s, Odel ...more
Nakon Minijaturstice u kojoj ostajemo bez odgovora na kraju knjige, Muza je sasvim fino zaokružena cjelina. Iako se meni više svidjela atmosfera i ideja Minijaturistice i u Muzi nam je Jessi Burton pružila lijepu priču u seoskom ozračju Španjolske.
I actually haven't read Burton before, although I was aware of the success of her debut, The Miniaturist, and its lovely cover. And so I can't speak to how this hold up as a sophomore effort, but on its own it's a thing of beauty. The sort of novel that really draws the readers in, emotionally devastates them, moves, awes, wows. In short, it's the book that makes you love books and their diverting, engaging and stirring powers. Plot wise, it's a story of two separate, intersected, although you w ...more
I pressed on beyond half-way but then gave up. First DNF in a while. In truth, I thought it was simply dreadful.
I’d read a good deal about Jessie Burton and I know her first book, The Miniaturist, has proved to be something of a literary sensation. This book, her second, sounded interesting too: interlocking stories set in 1930’s Spain and 1960’s London. There’s a mystery concerning a painting too – I liked that, it reminded me of the excellent The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. And I was attra ...more
Jessie Burton knows how to write beautiful books with mysterious plots and some wonderful twists and turns! I'd say I loved this one as much as the Miniaturist even though they are very different... And I really loved the Miniaturist.
The Muse is told through two storylines with narrators Olivia Schloss and Odelle Bastien in 1936 rural Spain and 1967 London respectively. It's a wonderful art-centred mystery! I thought I had the mystery all sussed out but Burton kept me in the dark after ...more
Review to come.