The mesmerizing and untold story of Eva Gouel, the unforgettable woman who stole the heart of the greatest artist of our time.
When Eva Gouel moves to Paris from the countryside, she is full of ambition and dreams of stardom. Though young and inexperienced, she manages to find work as a costumer at the famous Moulin Rouge, and it is here that she first catches the attention of Pablo Picasso, a rising star in the art world. A brilliant but eccentric artist, Picasso sets his sights on Eva, and Eva can't help but be drawn into his web. But what starts as a torrid affair soon evolves into what will become the first great love of Picasso's life.
With sparkling insight and passion, Madame Picasso introduces us to a dazzling heroine, taking us from the salon of Gertrude Stein to the glamorous Moulin Rouge and inside the studio and heart of one of the most enigmatic and iconic artists of the 20th century.
©2014 Diane Haeger (P)2014 Recorded Books
This book takes place in 1911-1915 but is so full of 21st century cliches it was almost impossible to listen to. The main character's emotions are "a perfect storm," she would do something "in a heartbeat," she "didn't see that one coming!" etc, etc. I found myself saying aloud "Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooo" so many times. Plus, overall the writing is clumsy with consistently awkward sentence construction--"she felt fear in her heart" instead of "she was afraid"--- and the only reason I finished it is that the characters-- Picasso, his lovers, and the other artists of that time---are of great interest to me. There are so many excellent historical novels out there, give this one a pass.
Factually-based, historical novel about the relationship between Pablo Picasso and a young French woman, Eva Gouel. They met and fell in love during the period 1911 and 1914. The story was a little repetitive, but for those who like historical fiction it provided an excellent description of Paris life in the early 20th century. The narrator did a terrific job with the various accents and characters.
Pretty terrible really - interesting and promising premise, but let down by some sort of odd ahistorical chick-lit stylings in the writing. At one stage Eva is said to have a 'trendy' haircut. Omg. What?! Then there is the abomination of the narrator's Spanish accent reading Picasso. Just so no! Could not wait for it to stop.
Santa Fe Painter
The narrator's Spanish accents did not add to the performance. Otherwise, I enjoyed the presentation.
disclaimer - I adore the Outlander series of book by Diana Galbaldon, narrated by Davina Porter. They made me love historical fiction. I am always searching for more like it. The story and performance of Madame Picasso does not come close to the perfection I find in listening to the Outlander books, and maybe it's just not fair to use those books & Davina's performances as a measuring stick for other books. That being said, I was able to finish this story, it was OK, but I didn't love it. I didn't really end up caring so much for the characters that were depicted and I never got a vivid feel for that specific moment in history or the places that were described. The accents by the narrator seemed 2nd rate to me. I would probably not recommend it to anyone I know, especially to those I know who are already familiar with the quality of story and performance of the Outlander books.
Pity. The story was enjoyable. Poor performance. The Eva / Picasso dialogues sounded more like ValleyGirl / Count Dracula. Would not recommend
It was hard to turn this story off when it was time to get work done. The people, art, music and Picaso's' Paris was brought to life through the eyes of Eva. I paused partway through to look at images of his masterpieces again to see the details of the paintings described in this loving story.
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I enjoyed Madame Picasso. The story was engaging and well done. But I found the reader's Spanish dialogue and certain French pronunciations torturous. I could barely stand to listen to the passages with Picasso and wished throughout that the reader had used some other means to signal Picasso's speech, anything other than attempting to render him with such a thick Spanish accent. In fact, at times the accent seemed more Russian or even German. It was so bad I almost gave up on the book several times. A real shame!
It was a lovely sighting of Picasso and his love. I enjoyed it once I got into it. And it was fun to visit his group, his friends his perches. I had always wondered if the cubist period was a huge completion to say to his friends, look I can do better than you and then some....he had an amazing fullness in his art, and I loved his Ava.
Interesting premise and historical fiction. I didn't find the story to be very believable nor were the characters very likable. I would give this 3.5 stars
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