A picture hides a thousand words . . .On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . ....
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The Muse Reviews
9,5 de 10*
Que livro fantástico! Que leitura agradável e intensa! Adorei cada pedacinho desta história, principalmente da surpresa no final. Muito bem escrito, com uma narrativa muito bem construída, “A Musa” encheu-me as medidas.
Já tinha anteriormente lido “O Miniaturista”, que embora tenha apreciado, pela sua originalidade e ambientação, achei um pouco arrastado. Já “A Musa” não tem nada de arrastado, a história flui e dá vontade de o ler sem parar.
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I received this arc from Edelweiss and Harper Collins, in exchange for an honest review.
*all these quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof of the book, so they might be subject to change.
"My life was a beanstalk and I was Jack, and the foliage was shooting up and up, abundant, impressive, at such that I could barely cling on. I loved and I lost love; I found new creativity and a sense of belonging. And something deeper happened, something darker, which we have all gone through - and if we ha ...more
(3.5) I enjoyed this more than The Miniaturist. One of my chief criticisms of that overhyped novel was that the setting – a few months in Amsterdam – felt claustrophobic. Well, Burton has certainly changed things up: in her new book the action spans 40 years and encompasses London, Trinidad and Spain during its Civil War. Again there’s plenty of melodrama, but I liked the contrast between the two time periods and Odelle’s voice is easy to fall for.
There have been a number of novels recently abou ...more
I must have been living under a rock for the last few years. I had never heard of Jessie Burton or her first, immensely popular novel “The Miniaturist”, before The Muse came into my radar. I don’t tend to read much historical fiction, so perhaps that is why it was lost on me. There has been a lot of hype surrounding this book because of the former, and I got to ignore all of that and come at my review with fresh eyes and a fresh perspective.
The Muse is set in two time frames; In the 1960’s, Odel ...more
‘’...and that’s all that matters, isn’t it? What people believe. It doesn’t matter what’s the truth; what people believe becomes the truth.’’
I finally found the time to read Jessie Burton’s sophomore novel and I am very glad to conclude a wonderful reading month with a beautiful work of Fiction. The Miniaturist is among my 10 all-time favourite novels and while The Muse wasn’t as magical and haunting, it was no less exciting and complex.
The novel opens with Odelle, a young woman from Trinidad, ...more
I pressed on beyond half-way but then gave up. First DNF in a while. In truth, I thought it was simply dreadful.
I’d read a good deal about Jessie Burton and I know her first book, The Miniaturist, has proved to be something of a literary sensation. This book, her second, sounded interesting too: interlocking stories set in 1930’s Spain and 1960’s London. There’s a mystery concerning a painting too – I liked that, it reminded me of the excellent The Last Painting of Sara de Vos. And I was attra ...more
This is the first time I read for the author. The book has an attractive cover, but unfortunately the content was underwhelming for my taste. However, art lovers might enjoy it. Despite that I do love art, it still didn't capture my senses. I'll refine this review later and mention the points that I disliked.
Confession; I'm a shallow person who often falls for looks. I bought The Muse merely because of its cover. I eyed this pretty thing and thought "how gorgeous would i ...more
Description: When on a summer's day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the steps of the Skelton gallery in London to take up a position as typist, she little realises how significantly her life is about to change. For there she meets the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who soon takes Odelle into her confidence and encourages her to pursue her dream of writing. But Odelle senses there is something that Quick is holding back, and when 'Rufina and the ...more