RIVETINGWhat part of the book could you not get enough of?I loved the romance of living in Paris in the early 1900's: the Moulin Rouge, going to Gertrude Stein's famous Salon, the poetry and artistry of the times - it made me wish I was living the Parisian/bohemian lifestyle. I love that Eva moved there with little more than a cent to her name and a dream to make something out of herself (without a husband, thank you) - such a wild notion for the times!
ELEMENTSHow did you relate to/care for the characters? What's your thought on the plot line and twists and turns?I really related to the main character, Eva, who also went by Marcelle Humbart, a name she chose that sounded more "Parisian" and sophisticated than Eva. She left home at 23, unmarried (gasp!), and without her parents blessing to start her life in Paris. She refused the offer of marriage from several men because she didn't love them - she was a true independent woman. The plot was pretty simple and followed a third person narrator style, which was nice, as many of the books I've read have been in the first-person, multi-narrator style. There were a few twists and turns that kept me on edge - Eva's friendship with Fernande, Picasso's long-term lover being the main one.
ASSOCIATEWhat other books are like thisone? If none, did it remind you o a particular TV or movie with it's themes and characters? Does it serendipitous-ly line up with the things going on in your life or the news right now?Of course, the only movie it reminds me of is one of my all time favorites, Moulin Rouge! (starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor) (if you haven't seen it, stop what you're doing and watch it now!) obviously because it focuses on the same bohemian lifestyle of many people living in Paris in the 1910-1920's.
DESIGNWhat did you think of the cover? How did it relate to the contents of the novel? Admittedly, I was first drawn to the book because of the cover - I mean, how many books do you see with the silhouette of a naked woman's backside?It definitely related to the themes/contents of the book - being that it was mainly surrounding Pablo Picasso and his lovers.
STARSI give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It was a good read, but not the best, and of course I detested a few of the characters and their actions, but it's hard to be perfect. I would definitely recommend this book!