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Author – Jessie Burton

Publisher – Ecco

Genre – Historical Fiction

Source – Purchased Copy

Rating – 5 Stars

Summary

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 . . .


MY REVIEW

I just finished this book. And I’m too exhausted to turn on my PC so I’m writing this review from my phone. So do forgive me if the formatting is off. But if I don’t write reviews immediately I’ll never get around to them.

The Muse is about Olive, Terese and Issac. Actually it’s about a painting and Odelle and Lawrie. It’s about a lot of things. It’s about love. It’s about unrest. It’s about racism. It’s about passion. I wasn’t sure how the book would go since I didn’t really bother reading the gist. I just saw the name of the author and preordered it after reading The Miniaturist. So I was a bit thrown by the beginning. Who was this Odelle. Was she Quick’s muse? And why wasn’t Olive admitting to her work. Because you see, however progressive and feminist I am (SPOILER) I couldn’t for the life of me imagine that a man could be a woman’s muse.

The book threw me for a tiny bit of a loop in the most unexpected way possible. And I’m both excited and embarrassed that it did. But I will tell you this, I’m glad I read it. And I’m sure I’ll read it again.


WHAT I LIKED

Everything. I particularly liked Quick’s character. How secretive she is. How friendly. Not the friendliness you would expect from an upright woman of the time but of course, she is friendly and you’ll know why. I love how the characters fit. How they aligned perfectly with their actions. I thought it was very intelligent and painstaking done.


WHAT I DISLIKED

I thought the narrator of the audiobook could have done a better job. (I had to stop at the 50% mark and switch to paperback).


IN CONCLUSION

Buy this book. Read this book. Especially if you liked All The Light We Cannot See. If you liked that. You will love this.


Available for purchase on Amazon India, Flipkart, Book Depository and Wordery.



MY REVIEW

I just finished this book. And I’m too exhausted to turn on my PC so I’m writing this review from my phone. So do forgive me if the formatting is off. But if I don’t write reviews immediately I’ll never get around to them.

The Muse is about Olive, Terese and Issac. Actually it’s about a painting and Odelle and Lawrie. It’s about a lot of things. It’s about love. It’s about unrest. It’s about racism. It’s about passion. I wasn’t sure how the book would go since I didn’t really bother reading the gist. I just saw the name of the author and preordered it after reading The Miniaturist. So I was a bit thrown by the beginning. Who was this Odelle. Was she Quick’s muse? And why wasn’t Olive admitting to her work. Because you see, however progressive and feminist I am (SPOILER) I couldn’t for the life of me imagine that a man could be a woman’s muse.

The book threw me for a tiny bit of a loop in the most unexpected way possible. And I’m both excited and embarrassed that it did. But I will tell you this, I’m glad I read it. And I’m sure I’ll read it again.


WHAT I LIKED

Everything. I particularly liked Quick’s character. How secretive she is. How friendly. Not the friendliness you would expect from an upright woman of the time but of course, she is friendly and you’ll know why. I love how the characters fit. How they aligned perfectly with their actions. I thought it was very intelligent and painstaking done.


WHAT I DISLIKED

I thought the narrator of the audiobook could have done a better job. (I had to stop at the 50% mark and switch to paperback).


IN CONCLUSION

Buy this book. Read this book. Especially if you liked All The Light We Cannot See. If you liked that. You will love this.


Available for purchase on Amazon India, Flipkart, Book Depository and Wordery.


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