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Mistral's Daughter

3.93  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,957 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
They were three generations of magnificentred-haired beauties born to scandal, bred to success,bound to a single extraordinary man--Julien Mistral,the painter, the genius, the lover whose passionshad seared them all. Maggy--Flamboyant mistress ofMistral's youth, the toast of Paris in the '20s.Her luminous flesh was immortalized in thepaintings that made Mistral legendary. ...more
Paperback, 592 pages
Published August 1st 1984 by Bantam (first published 1982)
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Mar 22, 2012 Maria rated it really liked it
This novel sweeps fifty years of art and fashion and women.

The story starts with Magali, born a bastard because her father died of smallpox before he could marry her mother. At seventeen she ran away to become a model, became wildly successful thanks to Paula Deslandes, and fell ruthlessly in love with Mistral. But Kate Browning showed up on the scene and Maggy left. She had a daughter with a rich American (married), waited for him to get divorced, but he died before that was possible, and Théod
Miko O.
Sep 19, 2012 Miko O. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult
Ahhh, so enjoyable. Sure, it's shallow and formulaic and melodramatic, but Judith Krantz can sure string a pretty sentence together, packing in TONS of fancy details along the way. And it's so much fun to read about people that are impossibly good at what they do. (For example, Maggy the model is in her seventies but she looks SEVENTEEN. Haha!) The sex scenes are kind of tame, compared to Princess Daisy, anyway. I wish they'd make a movie again out of this book, with Rachel Hurd-Wood as Fauve.
Tanya C.
Dec 13, 2012 Tanya C. rated it it was amazing
I know, I know. But I loved this book. Loved it so much I've read it probably once every two years for the last 20 or so years. Seriously. I don't know if it's that I love the three generations of ginger women who inhabit this book, or because of the glamour of the settings and the people, or because she is actually a wonderful writer who paints lovely, and detailed pictures with her words, regardless of the fact that it's a glorified romance novel. It's a family saga, not just a love story.

Dec 11, 2015 Martin rated it liked it
Could have been so much more. Full review:
Aug 03, 2013 Sally rated it really liked it
Classic beach read, decadent escapist fun and I loved it.
Virginia Markhart
Nov 20, 2014 Virginia Markhart rated it really liked it
Very interesting book. Very long book. I read a paperback versionwith 564 pages. At first I was confused about who was who. You have a grandmother who had a long ago affair, then her daughter from another affair has an affair with the same man. The daughter has a daughter with the man who the grandmother previously had an affair with!!! WHAT. So the story begins with the death of the main man who is a world famous artist. Not a particularly nice man, but very talented. His one true love was the ...more
Emily Von pfahl
Feb 15, 2016 Emily Von pfahl rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, romance, trashy
I also read this book in high school and while it is still a trashy sort of novel it was a lot better than Princess Daisy. Again, Krantz employs the technique of multiple narrators, but in this case it moves through generations. Once the focus shifts to the next generation we no longer get into the minds of the parents etc. There is the uncomfortable aspect of Mistral having sex with a mother AND her daughter, but as the daughter is not his, and he did not see her grow up the creep factor is mit ...more
Mar 31, 2011 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Judith Krantz is a Francophile. Many parts of this book read like an extended love letter to the country, the language and the lifestyle. Fortunately, Krantz has also populated her book with interesting, dynamic characters whose lives allow Krantz to depict at length Paris and the Provençal countryside. Beginning in Paris in the 1920’s and continuing until 1975 with stops in 1950s New York, World War II era Félice, and Rome in 1975, Krantz’ generational saga is lush with descriptiveness, quirky ...more
Mar 05, 2013 Amanda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an epic novel spanning three generations. Krantz uses this story (parallels to Vlaminck, Derain and Matisse and Picasso) to span Impressionism and the Fauves. She moves through world wars and and how people survived and tells these tales of perseverance through a three generation love story. It is a masterful historical romance.
There was a mini series with Stacy Keach and Stephanie Powers which was not too bad, but I saw it in the late 80's so I am quite sure it won't hold up to the pass
Oct 26, 2007 Kathy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-novels
It was a good book and a good miniseries with Stacy Keech (Mistral) and Stephanie Powers (model), and Timothy Dalton (married man). An artist model poses for Mistral and he becomes successful. They break up and she moves to New York and becomes involved with a married man. He enters a loveless marriage to an ambitious woman who become his manager and makes him rich. In the meantime the model has an illegitimate daughter, Teddy. The married man dies and doesn't make provisions for them in his wi ...more
May 01, 2009 Monette rated it it was ok
This book was recommended to me by a much older co-worker of mine. She considered it one of all time favorites. I was doubtful as to whether or not I'd be able to relate to the book due to the difference in generations and all, but decided to give the book a try.

Three chapters in, I still was not convinced that I'd enjoy it, but I laboriously continued, hoping that the momentum would pick up and that the storyline would eventually pique my interest. It did, just a bit.

Krantz's writing style, in
Deb Sharp
Apr 25, 2014 Deb Sharp rated it it was amazing
This is the first Judith Krantz book I ever read back in 1986 I Loved it, I have read all her books she was one of my fave Authors, I don't think she has written a new book in the last 10 years or so ? :(
Zane Šturme
Nov 03, 2015 Zane Šturme rated it it was amazing
Shelves: american, romance, fashion
From the book's back cover you get a bit confused how all 3 women can be involved with Julien Mistral. At least, I had difficulty following through.

Story is well written, with many details about 20th century fashion, brands, model agency actions, architecture, art, and of course, above all- L O V E.
Made me want to finish each chapter with ever-growing anticipation.

Worth the time.
Mar 18, 2015 Joanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A family saga that follows three firey red headed Lunel women – Maggie, Teddy and Fauvre. The story covers 1920-1970s.

The book incorporates painting, life in Paris and the French countryside, World War II, the world of modeling and discrimination of Jewish people and children born out of wedlock. I thought the book was well written and covered interesting subjects and situations that the beautiful ladies endured. I felt Fauvre’s lust for her 25% Jewish heritage was a little exaggerated and leng
Mar 29, 2014 Kris rated it it was amazing
Read this when I was in high school. LOVED.IT. It became a mini-series, every bit as beautiful and tragic as the book. An oldie but goodie. I read several times.
Sep 11, 2015 Charlie rated it it was amazing
Incredibly well written book. I cannot begin to imagine the amount of research the author has had to put in to create this masterpiece. Each event is detailed just enough for everything to seem real, reading this book, I travelled both through time and from places to places. It was very interesting to see how intertwined the story of these three generation of strong ginger women and their lovers were. Despite how long the book was, I somehow I found myself interested about every detail of the st ...more
Feb 16, 2014 Shawn rated it really liked it
I read this many years ago and loved it. Re-read it this week and still found it enjoyable.
Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard
Jan 22, 2016 Dosha (Bluestocking7) Beard rated it it was amazing
I loved reading about the artists as people and enjoyed his daughter that " sees as an artist". Well done.
Aug 13, 2015 Choko rated it really liked it
Read it in the 80's... Ms. Krantz is the queen of melodrama! Aaaa, good times...
Judith van Praag
Aug 01, 2011 Judith van Praag rated it really liked it
This book was made into a mini series by Ms Krantz's husband. In 1989 when I was in Los Angeles to study screen writing, I sat in front of the TV taking notes on the scene changes etc. Never read the book. Thought I'd pick it up while working on my ScriptFrenzy scenario. It's a good read (I keep it on my night stand) and I enjoy re-visiting familiar places in especially Paris and the Provence. Ms. Krantz is the mistress of characterization, detail and dialogue, it's all quite believable.
Carole Dailey
Jan 21, 2016 Carole Dailey rated it liked it
Fluff alert - TV drama!!!!!!!!
Aless Waitomo
Leída en español, linda historia!
Effie Kammenou
Aug 28, 2015 Effie Kammenou rated it it was amazing
Still one of my favorites
Kate Barrett
Sep 09, 2014 Kate Barrett rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favourites
Conny Strik-Basemans
Jan 20, 2016 Conny Strik-Basemans rated it really liked it
Prachtig mooi boek
Feb 18, 2015 Marianne rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ebook, library, 2015
Such an entertaining read!
Aileen Gratton
Nov 21, 2014 Aileen Gratton rated it it was amazing
One of her best
Jul 01, 2015 Maggie rated it really liked it
Jun 15, 2015 Kristin rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, stand-alone
One of my favorite books. I've read it quite a few times but not in a long while. I finally bought it for my Kindle.
Farida Labaran
May 03, 2016 Farida Labaran rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
great book though, initiall i thought it was an average then i got to the last part. and i said wait a second its netter than i thought
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Judith Krantz (born Judith Tarcher), is an American novelist who writes in the romance genre. Her works include Princess Daisy and Till We Meet Again.
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