The Bridal Chair, is not about Marc Chagall instead it is centered on his daughter, Ida. The author states that the novel, Bridal Chair is pretty accuThe Bridal Chair, is not about Marc Chagall instead it is centered on his daughter, Ida. The author states that the novel, Bridal Chair is pretty accurate on the life of Marc Chagall's daughter and her father, Marc and her mother Bella. Marc and Bella are in France raising their daughter.
Ida has gotten pregnant. Instead of Ida wanting to marry her lover, she is forced into the marriage. As a wedding gift he paints her the "Bridal Chair". The relationship of both her parents are very different than most of us. He is very eccentric, and hostile at a drop of a hat. As Ida grows to womanhood. Her parents are very dependent on her to make decisions for them.
As Hitler is on the prowl. The Chagall's are forced to make a decision. But, both her parents are very petty, compared to the entire picture of the war in Europe. Chagall's family worry about the silliest things compared to what is happening around them, and other Jews. Ida's husband's family is worse off than they are. They are forced to leave them behind. When they arrive by ship. All Marc thinks about is his paintings. He doesn't mention the family that is left behind.
While the Chagall's are able to escape, thanks to Guggenheim, in the US. Ida's parent's especially her father is in a false delusion. That the SS won't touch him because who he is. Finally as the SS gets closer and closer. They come to realize that just because he is an artist. He is not safe. Ida's husband saves Ida's parents.
The family arrives in the United States, specifically in upper state New York where he resides. Both her parents rely heavily on Ida to make decisions. So much so, it is unhealthy. It appears that Ida is the adult and her parents are the children. Ida is also, Marc Chagall's business manager. She is dealing, and selling, making arrangements for his paintings. When Bella dies from pneumonia. Ida enables her father. She doesn't want her father to fall in a deep depression. Instead he finds a woman that will be her housekeeper. Eventually they become lovers.
I felt sorry for Ida and her relationship with her parents. Her relationship with her parents was unhealthy. How they relied on her. She was stifled by her father. She thought she had the responsibility of finding someone to fill his wife's shoes after Bella died. What kind of life is that for her? Not much.. I can't tell you the saddest part after this because it will just ruin it. I will say, her father let other people control his life, at the end, Ida was free of Marc. Someone else took over. But, how it was done was a slap in the face!
One thought I had Gloria Goldreich has been around for a long while. I remember my grandmother loved to read her novels. Her writing is from the old school. There is not any writing secrets, gimmicks, or writing style. It is straight narrative. There is not any illusions. Most young authors write not with a straight narrative, with flash backs, or climax driven. Some writing styles after awhile they get old. It is refreshing to remember the old style of, straight narrative. Gloria calls the book, not historical fiction. Which, I am surprised about. Rather, she calls it, biofiction. New genre for me.
I love Marc Chagall's work. But, after reading about him. I look at him at a different light personally. But, that shouldn't change how you feel about him, as an artist. I think of his work sinomonus with Shalom Aleichem. Perhaps because the picture you draw of Shalom Aleicheim is Chagall's artistic shetl style. I loved reading the Bridal Chair. If you are familiar with Chagall. Also, love art, and history. I would think you would love to read this one as much as I did.
The Hours Count I enjoyed reading. It is not the type of book I usually read. I still enjoyed reading. This is the story of Millie, and Ethel RosenberThe Hours Count I enjoyed reading. It is not the type of book I usually read. I still enjoyed reading. This is the story of Millie, and Ethel Rosenberg. I would call this a speculative novel. Just like Margot, what if?? It the relationships of her friend Ethel. But also the relationship of Ethel, and Julius and their two children. It is also the relationship of Millie, and her husband, Ed's relationship. In between it there is a love interest between Millie, and her son's therapist, Jake.
The first 100 pages was dull. But, then after that, it starts speeding up. The story, has you ask too many questions, the social culture of the 1950's, the cold war, the spies, McCarthyism. Do you really know the person you live with? Can you trust him?
There is twists and turns you wouldn't expect. I just loved the ending. After reading the book. I did my own research. There is a documentary about Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. Also on PBS there is something on youtube. About the Atomic spies.
The book is a bouncing board for great discussion for our book club. I can see this happening already. There are so many unanswered questions. That is why such gresat discussion comes from this. Why would a mother do anything to stay with her children. Instead of being executed? Why didn't her husband say anything? Unfortunately, this was a scary time in history. There were many irational people in the government that wanted to see the Rosenberg's killed. I remember thinking they are dangerous people. I was born in the 50's. That was a time when the government and everyone was after you. That was a terrible time in history.