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The Painted Girls: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

35 out of 38 people found this review helpful.

A MUST READ!

The Painted Girls is a brilliantly written historical fiction set in Paris in the 1880's. A story about the lives of sisters trying to make their way through life under less than ideal circumstances. Do the girls have control over their destiny or is it fate that delega...
The Painted Girls is a brilliantly written historical fiction set in Paris in the 1880's. A story about the lives of sisters trying to make their way through life under less than ideal circumstances. Do the girls have control over their destiny or is it fate that delegates their position in life? Intertwining the tale of the sisters' lives and true facts from historical documents, paintings, ballets, plays, sculpture, murder trials and more this notion is explored. A true page turner! This book filled with sister love and rivalry had me hooked from beginning to end. An utterly captivating read!

posted by NancyRBuchanan on January 10, 2013

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

An Ok read

As a dancer, I was expecting more along the line of the dancing. The story line placed around the dancers was hard to take. The real facts revealed in the authors notes were very interesting and probably the best part.

posted by musiclistener on April 26, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Uninteresting

    Did not enjoy this book at all, unable to finish. Although the plot seemed interesting, the book in fact was rather tedious and boring. Kept on waiting for the story to " pick up", I had to force myself to continue reading it. I could not appreciate the language the author used to depict the story, Ifound it fustrating. I am in a bookclub with 6 other women, all of them agreed, and only one person finished the novel.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2013

    Disappointing: flat & disjointed

    I'm fascinated by ballet, so was intrigued with the idea of the book about the 'behind-the-scenes' story of Degas's sculpture of the little dancer. While rich in details, the book felt disjointed and the characters remained flat. I can't even call the characters 2-dimensional, because I didn't get any picture at all, as if there were no substance to Marie or to Antoinette. The relationship between Marie the little ballerina and Degas didn't even make it to a side-story in my mind, much to my disappointment.

    On the other hand, the book succeeded in depicting the incredible vulnerability of being female, poor, and young at that time. It made me shudder to imagine my own daughter growing up in Marie's or Antoinette's shoes. And the afterwards about the historical people and events that inspired this book was very interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2013

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    Disappointed. Was very interested in a personal view to Paris' B

    Disappointed. Was very interested in a personal view to Paris' Belle Epoque period as seen through a poor family. One often only reads of the middle and upper class perspective. The three sisters, who actually lived, would have been served having a journalist write their story. This fictionalized telling of the lives was stilted and did not add anything to my understanding either of the period, the Opera Ballet, Degas or the their perspective.

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    Posted January 31, 2013

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