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Syncopation: A Memoir of Adèle Hugo

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In nineteenth-century France, a woman’s role was explicitly defined: she was a daughter, then a wife, then a mother. This view was held by novelist and poet Victor Hugo, but not by his daughter, pianist and poet Adèle Hugo. Under such constraints, what’s a woman of passion to do? Syncopation, by Elizabeth Felt, breathes life into the unconventional thoughts of this controv ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 20th 2012 by Cornerstone Press
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Helen Hollick
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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"...an engrossing story, flawlessly told and with characters that come to life and fill our imaginations to the brim. "
Vicky
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I won a copy of "Syncopation: A Memoir of Adèle Hugo" through the Goodreads giveaway.

Delightful seems an appropriate word to describe this novel! I simply loved it!

It is playful, disrespectful of conventions, willingly disrespectful that is! That fact is well establish by the posthumous conversations that takes place after each chapter. Conversations between Adèle and her dead sister Didine who is her conscience as much as her anchor into sanity.

It is not a biography of Adèle Hugo... It is a "
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Cynthia Mcarthur
Apr 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
This novel is billed as Adèle Hugo’s personal memoir, written only as Adèle could write it: scattered, sometimes tortured, passionate and very much told from inside her own head. It begins with her early childhood, when her mother is banned by her jealous and overbearing husband – Adèle’s father, Victor – from visiting her best friend because they are in love, and continues through the joy of Adèle’s relationship with her older sister, Didine; the ambivalence she held for her brothers (who get a ...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is billed as Adèle Hugo’s personal memoir, written only as Adèle could write it: scattered, sometimes tortured, passionate and very much told from inside her own head. It begins with her early childhood, when her mother is banned by her jealous and overbearing husband – Adèle’s father, Victor – from visiting her best friend because they are in love, and continues through the joy of Adèle’s relationship with her older sister, Didine; the ambivalence she held for her brothers (who get a ...more
Sharlene
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, memoir
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.


This book is a page turner! I have to admit I was quite in the dark about who Adele Hugo was and I have to admit I Googled her before reading this book. One could make the easy connection between Victor Hugo and Adele as a relation but who was Adele? Imagine my surprise to discover she one of Hugo's daughters and was placed in an institution! This memoir is an excellent attempt at an explaination as to why she ended up there.

Working with real people as ch
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Monette Bebow-Reinhard
Syncopation is a passionate and remarkable piece of work. That I only give it three stars is more a reflection of my taste than the quality of the writing. After reading the author's notes at the end, I understood the odd contrivance of the third person memoir with the cryptic 1st person notes scattered throughout, but it did not give me further appreciation of them. For me, reading a memoir means certain things, and though the author said she did it in third person so that she could visit other ...more
Emma
Last Tuesday, I reviewed a historical novel on Victor Hugo and his daughter Léopoldine. And here is another one! Both books start from the same fact: Victor Hugo’s daughter, Léopoldine, drowned in a boat accident shortly after her wedding.

The parallel stops here. Just as Victor was deeply shocked by his loss, Léopoldine’s sister, Adèle, was also inconsolable. She does not seem to have really enjoyed her father’s séances where he tried to connect with his dead daughter, but Adèle seems to have be
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Desiree
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
So please let me start off by saying that I received this book free through Goodreads.
Once again it was the familiar scenario where I eagerly open my mail box everyday until the package arrives. The book seemed to take forever (but that is how it always is) and I stared to read it right away. It was an interesting novel, however to be honest I was expecting something...more. I love the idea, don't get me wrong its just I feel slightly cheated. The book took a unfamiliar character and presented
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Tinney
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a pure pleasure to read. The author has created a fascinating character in Adele Hugo, a woman who was both brilliant and unconventional. Adele's fierce intelligence dominates every page. Her voice is distinctive and vivid, the powerful voice of a creative human being whose society stifles her. Secondary characters, too, stand out as fully-developed individuals, and relationships are complex and believable. The author also gives a good sense of the times and places involved, and th ...more
Marl
Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
I won this book through Goodreads. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Sometimes we forgot how far we have come as women. "Wives were to obey their husbands and children speak only when spoken too." I am very thankful for women like Adele that tried to be their own person.

A great book and a very enjoyable read.
Lexie
May 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography-memoir
I recieved this book through the Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

I really ejoyed this book. A must read for any feminists out there, because the core of this book is about a woman being defined by herself. Though this book is not 100% true to life, the author treats the subject of the book with a lot of respect and fills in any holes in her past nicely.

Scolumbus
Feb 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The story kept my attention until the end. I didn't know anything about Adele Hugo or the Hugo family before reading the book. It was frustrating to experience Adele's repression within her family and society yet I was rooting for her to succeed in her quest for independence and hoping that she would find happiness. Very well written.
Aftan
Jun 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was an excellent read. It was written with a tortured grace as only Adele Hugo could. Perfect for cuddling up and reading over a weekend as it wasn't too long and drawn out. Elizabeth Felt did a fantastic job!
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