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Posted November 7, 2003
Magnificent Artist; Poor Author
This was a very disappointing book! Thankfully the author gives credit to her researchers,which pretty much leaves her with credit for nothing. What an opportunity lost! Sargent was a magnificent talent! Madam X was certainlly an interesting story, with big names and scandals enough for a soap opera. Yet the author wrote neither a good novel nor a good biography. The writng is so bad it is irritating to read. The organization and structure is even worse. The book does not even inlude a list of illustrations! Size information is available for only the color prints, and this information is tucked away in the back of the book. Framing is only referred to once--the missing original frame for Madam X which apparently disappeared after the painting was removed from it for shipping to California. All the way around, this lady needs to restrict her writing to Hollywood, leaving the art world alone--if this is her best effort.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2003
I wish someone else had written it!
Such a good story, but I am sorry that it was put forth by this author, who lacks so much of the insight and scholarship needed. It was interesting to note in the author's bio that she is a former movie exec and story analyst, professions known for skimming over big topics and a strained, lackluster imagination. Sadly, I think this applies to the book's writing as well.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.