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The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. | [Carole DeSanti]

The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.

Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists’ ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos. Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary.
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Publisher's Summary

Love and war converge in this lush, epic story of a young woman’s struggle with life and love during and after the Second Empire (1852 - 1871), an era that was absinthe-soaked, fueled by railway money and prostitution, and transformed by cataclysmic social upheaval.

Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists’ ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos.

Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary. Then, as the gates of the city close on the eve of the Siege of Paris, Eugénie comes face to face with her past. Drawn into a net of desire and need, promises and lies, she must make a choice and find her way to a life that she can call her own.

The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is a testament to the power of love, friendship, and the art of self-creation.

©2012 Carole DeSanti (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“I lost myself wholeheartedly in [Eugénie’s] story and would have followed her down any narrow alley into any candlelit room just to know what happened, to stay back there and to delay coming home.” (Sarah Blake, New York Times best-selling author )

“DeSanti’s debut novel paints an unflinching portrait of love and loss against a landscape of Parisian decadence.” (Deborah Harkness, New York Times best-selling author)

The Unruly Passions is both sweeping in scope and painstaking in detail.…Makes for wonderful, suspenseful reading.” (Karen Joy Fowler, author of the The Jane Austen Book Club)

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    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 04-05-14
    DK COLCHESTER, VT, United States 04-05-14 Member Since 2012

    HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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    "Wow! This is Not My Typical Genre-Hard to Read But"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This is deep, strong, heartbreaking novel set in Paris during and after the Second Empire. It takes a commitment and took me several tries to get into it. Once I was in I was in...however a lot of it was 'historical' recounts (the author's perception NOT true to history), especially near the end. I was more invested in Eugénie R. and her circle than the history going on around her. It read more like a history book than novel....Eugénie R. got lost.

    Love and war converge in this lush, epic story of a young woman’s struggle with life and love during and after the Second Empire (1852 - 1871), an era that was absinthe-soaked, fueled by railway money and prostitution, and transformed by cataclysmic social upheaval.

    Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists’ ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos.

    Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary. Then, as the gates of the city close on the eve of the Siege of Paris, Eugénie comes face to face with her past. Drawn into a net of desire and need, promises and lies, she must make a choice and find her way to a life that she can call her own.

    The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is a testament to the power of love, friendship, and the art of self-creation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.?

    The scene where Eugénie R. must decide what to do about her baby.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    She was wonderful - her accents were spot on and one could tell the characters from each other. She was perfect for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Some sexual situations

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Helen D. Maine 08-28-12
    Helen D. Maine 08-28-12 Member Since 2005

    Committed to Reading

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    "Seduced and abandoned - and boring!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who wants long descriptions and little plot.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The Name of the Wind. The author, Patrick Rothfuss, knows how to tell a story.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I really like her voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It seems to have been historically accurate. But, the action jumps forward in time somewhat jerkily.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not like the ending. In fact, because the very end is a timeline of the period 1848-1871 in France, read without being set off by a title from the rest of the book, I had to rewind several times to try to figure out how the book (I guess I mean the story) actually ended. After much overblown description, phrase piled upon phrase, thought upon thought, image upon image, the book ends rather abruptly, without a real sense of what happened to the title character. I was left thinking, what the heck just happened!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Carol B. Michigan 09-05-12
    Carol B. Michigan 09-05-12 Member Since 2002

    Reader & Wordsmith

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    "Definitely worth the listen"
    Where does The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank this as one of the best books I've listened to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story kept my interest. The characters were well developed. The setting was very real. This story took me back to the time period, letting me see the details of the dresses, the smells and sounds of the streets ... every detail. I could close my eyes and truly see what the author was describing.

    I got to know the characters intimately ... their feelings & emotions ... their suffering ... their ability to keep going despite the odds. I grew to respect Eugenie and a couple of the other characters.


    What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

    Kate's French was flawless. The voice for each character was different. I was immediatley able to regognize who was speaking.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book. It is educational and entertaining, all at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Morrison, TN, United States 08-29-12
    Pamela Morrison, TN, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "My notion of the perfect novel."
    What did you like best about this story?

    This novel has all my favorite ingredients. History, from the point of view of someone who has no control over events but struggles to do the best they can as they are dragged along. Characters that I can feel strongly about. Love them or hate them, DeSanti lets us see what makes them tick.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy Westerndorf Newburyport, MA 08-20-12
    Betsy Westerndorf Newburyport, MA 08-20-12 Member Since 2000

    consultant and coach

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    "Historical fascinating"

    This is a beautifully written book and surprising in the history of Paris - a period of time that I didn't know about even after living there for 5 years. Plus just seeing the city from a very different vantage point was compelling. I really enjoyed the book and liked the reader as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K WASHINGTON, DC, United States 08-14-12
    K WASHINGTON, DC, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "stunning"
    Would you listen to The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. again? Why?

    Yes, and I plan to. It's a stunning story that weaves initiate portraits through historical events. The language is beautiful. the narration is spot on for multiple voices, without being campy. The story, my god, the story. This may be the single best book I've listened to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. D. Mcrae Chicago, IL United States 08-13-12
    A. D. Mcrae Chicago, IL United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2010

    ADM

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    "Boring, too stylized reader"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who could deal with the reading style and a story that travels unwell.


    What could Carole DeSanti have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    n/a


    How could the performance have been better?

    less stylized reading. felt too stilted.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    no


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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