Paris in 1847 was a city of Bohemian excess and social unrest. Into this strange and beguiling world, Louis Daguerre sets off to capture his doomsday images, with the help of the womanizing poet Baudelaire and a beautiful prostitute named Pigeon, in this moving story of ruined love, fame unraveling, and a prodigious mind coming undone.
©2006 Dominic Smith; (P)2006 Blackstone Audiobooks
"A compelling psychological study, a thoughtful tracing of the birth of a new art form, and an atmospheric portrait of 19th century France: impressive on all three counts." (Kirkus Reviews)
I downloaded this book because I am interested in photography and wanted to know more about Louis Daguerre. Although the book is a work of fiction, it still was very interesting and informative regarding Daguerre's development of the first camera and photographic images. The love story of his life-long obsession with his childhood maid was a little far-fetched, but it kept me hooked until the end. I liked his relationship with Pigeon and the fact that he was a father figure to her, rather than a love interest.
Well, I know why this one was on sale. It wasn't horrible, just ho-hum. It read like hundreds of other fictional bios of 19th century French artists.
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