Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy 4th of July

2009 Clawson Fireworks, originally uploaded by Racergirl1313.

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope everyone is having a happy and SAFE holiday. Leave the fireworks to the professionals!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet

Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet by Stephanie Cowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I have always enjoyed the work of Claude Monet so I was interested to read this novel. I loved the portrait Cowell painted of a young artist struggling to make a name for himself in Paris. The story of Monet and his fellow Impressionists, many of whom you will recognize, is facinating. The relationship between Camille and Claude is compelling and tumultuous as they make a life together.

Cowell uses facts and weaves a wonderful story of an artist and his muse. I recommend this novel if you are interested in Monet, Paris in the late 18th century, the life of an artist or historical novels. All in all it was an enjoyable read.

I received this ARC via Random House's Read It Forward program.

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