The Muse

The Muse

Large Print - 2016
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The interconnected stories of Caribbean émigré Odelle Bastien in 1967 London and English heiress Olive Schloss in 1936 Spain, their lives and fates linked by the painting of the young artist Isaac Robles.
Published: New York, NY :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
Edition: First HarperLuxe edition.
Copyright Date: © 2016
ISBN: 9780062471611
0062471619
Branch Call Number: F BUR
Characteristics: xii, 570 pages (large print) ;,23 cm
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johnjsims
May 18, 2017

Wasn't sure I was going to like it at first, but I enjoyed how the two stories came together.
Highly recommend this book.

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cherstaite
Apr 19, 2017

It was a pretty easy read. The prose had a nice effortless flow. Definitely a few steps up from a Harlequin. It was however, full of chic cliches ... sex, wealth, glamour, violence.

The ending was a little too 'pat'. I said to myself, "oh puleeze" not another stereotypical happy ever after inheritance filled ending.

Characters were not fleshed out enough ... not even aptly described from a physical standpoint. It was impossible to visualize people, situations, places etc. Considering it was about art, that's rather odd

MGBustillo Oct 07, 2016

Odelle, a London resident from Trinidad in 1967, tells one part of a story about a picture and the many lives it encompasses. The other part is the Schloss family in Spain during the outbreak of civil war 1936. Burton ties it all together with a picture and the woman who are changed by its creation.

abruzzo79 Sep 21, 2016

"I was - both by circumstance and nature -a migrant in this world, and my lived experience had long become a state of mind."

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laphampeak
Sep 20, 2016

An artfully crafted story! Burton combined two time periods in an easy to follow way. Yet, the later day claiming of authorship of the painting, and who's who, became somewhat predictable. Although I think her "Miniaturist" bestseller was more unique The Muse still proved a good read.

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MindfulDaydreamer
Sep 14, 2016

I enjoyed The Miniaturist, but The Muse kept me completely enthralled. This is a beautifully written book with a carefully laid out plot, rich with elements of mystery, symbolism, and a sense of place in London and a small Spanish village.

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1_Great_Book
Aug 22, 2016

Now this is a well-read, well-trained and accomplished author! Excellent plot development, description, and narrative technique. Her mastery plot weaving leads us through two stories developing on parallel lines through two different decades, but which are completely dependent on each other. Never do you lose sight of the focus, and she chooses the exact, precise moment to break and take up in the other decade, leaving you anxious to get back to your thread to carry on. Bravo! On my watch list for further novels.

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Cleko
Aug 19, 2016

One of the best book I have read,every page was a turner for me I love the way Jessie burton put this book together by having two storie bit by bit amazing read.

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gabym17
Apr 18, 2017

“...Is there ever such a thing as a whole story, or an artist's triumph, a right way to look through the glass? It all depends on where the light falls.”

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