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A Tale of the Wind by Kay Nolte Smith
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Oct 23, 07

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This is the most absorbing book I have read in a while, great story and characters complimented by historical details of Parisian life, art and revolution in the 1800's.

"In some respects the world will never change, expecially its hostility to whatever is new and different. Remember when Romanticism was the shocking and hated thing? then it was Realism, and now it is Monsieur Zola and his Naturalism...It is not a coincidence that society is always eager to imprison those who do not accept its codes. A woman who dares to venture outside marriage, an artist who makes an easy suspect because he does not paint in the approved manner. As long as our world is what it is, one must respond to its nature."
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