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Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell
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Apr 23, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: french, 2010-read, borrowed, ccclib, historical-fiction
Recommended to Lyn (Readinghearts) by: Seasonal challenge
Recommended for: art lovers, especially those interested in Impressionism

I picked up this book because my youngest son, Joe, is a painter, loves Impressionism, and his favorite painter is Monet. Due to this I have come to love Impressionism also, and Monet in specific.
That said, even though this book was about his relationship with his wife Camille, I learned a lot about Monet and the other Impressionists and the tribulations they went through trying to get their paintings recognized as art. In addition, I learned a lot about the life of Monet. It was also a pretty easy read.
This is also the first book that I have read by Stephanie Cowell. She has a very poetic writing style, which was the perfect style for a book about a painter. Often her words painted as beautiful of a picture as Monet's art. I think my favorite sentence was, "Late November, as dingy as the skirts of a prostitute." For some reason I just love the way these words flow, and the mental picture that they paint. I am looking forward to reading more by this author and may try Marrying Mozart next. All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable read!

I would definitely recommend this to people who are interested in the Impressionist movement in France.

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Reading Progress

April 23, 2010 – Shelved
May 1, 2010 – Shelved as: french
May 4, 2010 – Started Reading
May 5, 2010 –
page 55
May 6, 2010 –
page 140
May 10, 2010 – Shelved as: 2010-read
May 10, 2010 – Shelved as: borrowed
May 10, 2010 – Shelved as: ccclib
May 10, 2010 – Shelved as: historical-fiction
May 10, 2010 – Finished Reading

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Lynne Does Joe know about this book?

Lyn (Readinghearts) I haven't told him yet, but I plan to. It is a new book, and I have been waiting FOREVER for the library to get it in.

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