The idea was ok, the characters were fine but overall it was kind of pathetic and slow. I just kept waiting and waiting for it to go somewhere and then it just didn't seem worth the journey.
I loved everything about this book. It was intriguing, mysterious, romantic and scary. The author/composer's music was bad and really interfered with the story telling but that is my only complaint!
I really enjoyed this book. Some of the stories are more compelling than others but over all it is really pretty great. My only complaint is that the author doesn't fess up and give you any of the real information that the stories are built on. In my studies and discussions of art I have come across many rumors and some of them have been put to use in this book. The result is thoroughly entertaining but difficult to separate from reality.
I really enjoyed this book. It moved along well and kept my interest better than most. The narrorator's voice is a little fussy at times but it doesn't interfere too much. It really made me see John Singer Sargent's portraits in a more intimate way. As an Art Historian, I always cringe just a little at fictional interpretations of artists and their subjects since people often just accept it as truth. Thankfully there is a short but straightforward bio of Madame X at the end to clear up any misconceptions though after such a convincing story it is hard to forget the imagined details.
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