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This is the kind of book that was made for negative star ratings, which unfortunately are not an option I would assign this one a minus 2 stars This book is so bad that I just want it out of my life I got as far as page 189, then had it sitting around for weeks I kept telling myself I should finish it and write a review because it was a First Reads win Dumb on my part, since I now know for certain that reviewing First Reads books has no bearing on future wins The first 106 pages of the book seem [...]
Liked this book because I like historical fiction about art, artists, dance, and dancers It was a good story, not perfect by any means, but one that I looked forward to picking up and continuing Would recommend to readers who enjoy Paris, the ballet, and or Degas as a part of a novel Also makes me want to review Degas art.
Not a lot here for discriminating readers The first parts of the plot are predictable, and the end abrupt and not well connected to preceding events Most of the characters are one dimensional, and there is little emotional nuance to plumb As historical fiction, the book lacks a really distinctive sense of nineteenth century Paris Disappointing, as the situation and scenes of the action have potential Unfortunately, this book is a great example of the telling vs showing that writing teachers warn [...]
Being an artist predispositions me to read books about artists Alas, I have found there are GREAT books, good books and no so good novels that re create the lives of our master painters Dancing for Degas A Novel is a GREAT book and Wagner is a darn good writer and storyteller.The Impressionists, visual art, dance, Paris, politics, and women s history play prominent roles in this novel, which was obviously well researched Of course, liberties were taken After all, this is a novel of historical fi [...]
I found this book to be utterly enthralling Sounds dramatic, I know, but I just couldn t put it down The story captivates to such a extent that the outside world recedes I was reading it on the train during my morning commute and was so engrossed that I didn t realize my train had been off loaded due to mechanical problems, a fellow passenger had to tap me on the shoulder and tell me to exit the train The story is set in the late 1800s in France The main character is a young woman named Alexandr [...]
Dancing for Degas by Kathryn WagnerGenre Historical fiction, Belle poqueRating It is the Belle poque beautiful era in France, a period in French history occurring between 1871 and the beginning of WWI, a time of optimism and when literature, music, theater and the visual arts flourished Alexandrie, an ambitious and talented ifarm girl from Southern France, has auditioned and been accepted as a ballerina into the Paris Opera Ballet A student of dance from early childhood, working for her classes, [...]
I wish there were pictures whenever Degas sketches or pastels were mentioned I was quite apprehensive reading this book I packed it for a trip and it had to kill time on a 4 hour flight and my friends averaged reviews were quite dismal I thought it was rather good, perhaps a 3.25 Unlike The Luncheon Of The Boating Party this wasn t about a single painting pastel sketch but just Degas work sketching at the ballet during the 1860s The story of a poor ballerina could have stood on its own except th [...]
Terrible I love this period in history and love historical fiction This, however, was a poorly written book with a mind numbing narrator And to top it off, in the interview with the author at the end the author admitted to completely fabricating the shady practices of the Paris Opera Ballet which was pretty much the entire conflict of the story The setting of historical fiction is NOT meant to be an alternate universe I would think the Paris Opera Ballet would want to legally pursue this matter [...]
This book wants to be Memoirs of a Geisha meets Girl With a Pearl Earring It is neither It is, in fact, a very poorly written, crashingly boring bastion of eye rolling.I started off with excitement a book about Edgar Degas ballerinas In 1860s Paris At the Paris Opera Ballet That excitement turned to confusion as our main heroine Alexandrie, who for no reason at all switches from a serviceable past tense to a god awful present tense on page 105, quotes from Emily Dickinson s Because I could not s [...]
I m so excited that I won this book through First Reads It is a wonderful debut novel on par with Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Birth of Venus as far as the plot is concerned I have a background in art and I thought that Wagner did a good job of capturing the essence of an artist in Degas While there are romantic elements to the story, it is much of a coming of age novel that also encompasses French Parisian society during the later 1800 s and the role of women in it The ballet is of course [...]
I was intrigued when I won this as a First Reads, and delved into it as both a lover of historical fiction as well as someone with an educational background in art history While I do think it had promise, it ultimately was just okay for me.Of course it should be noted that I did receive an ARC an uncorrected copy which still required editing I do hope that an editor thoroughly goes through the book to clean up extraneous storylines and improve the writing At times I found the prose a bit sophomo [...]
Mercifully this was a quick read to page 177 when I finally got so fed up with the ridiculous banter in this book that I had to quit reading it As someone who has a degree in art history, I am always interested in books that are based on art, especially a wonderful artist such as Degas This book read like a high school diary of a mean mother, first time love, and petty cat fights among women I also can t quite put my finger on how, but the writing itself is atrocious While I respect Wagner for t [...]
Tema cartii e foarte bine aleasa, urmand exemplul lui Tracy Chevalier, cel mai probabil scriitoarea mea preferata, de a recrea o poveste si o atmosfera din lumea artei In schimb insa, Kathryn nu reuseste sa creeze un personaj complet, ii pune in carca multe drame si nelinisti, dar nu ii explica complexitatea cat sa para credibil In multe pasaje expediaza mult prea repede si necizelat o drama, stilul de scriitura nu ma convinge deloc si nu gaseste cuvintele adecvate pentru a se exprima.Cartea mi [...]
From what I have personally seen, this book is current in the way the dancers treat each other From the outside looking in, you have no idea how competitive those woman are All the public sees is the grace and poise radiated from the stage I found it illuminating what is revealed about the life of dancers off the stage in Paris during this particular time period I would hope ballet companies no loger expect woman dancers to prostitute themselves for contributions.Forget the love story It s weak [...]
Dancing for Degas tells the story of Alexandrie, a young girl who becomes a ballet dancer She goes to Paris to join the Paris Opera House where she becomes a sort of muse for Edgar Degas, Impressionist painter of all things ballerina Subsequently, she falls in love with Degas.I really liked the character of Alexandrie The book covers several years of her life and it was very interesting to watch her come into her own.
I picked this up at the library thinking it would be a fun guilty read, but by the last page I was simply annoyed with it the plot, the characters, the writing, the ending, the hints at sex, the touch of violence and war It is essentially Memoirs of a Geisha, set in Paris.
Ok honestly I only read about 30 pages of this but I couldn t get any further The idea seemed ok but the writing was so awful I couldn t stand going any further.
I found myself blushing reading this Ashamed of the publishing industry for the writing and editing of this book.
From March to Dancing for Degas by way of a minor figure in a major work the father in Little Women, and the ballerina in Degas paintings.
One of the main problems with this book for me was that I never felt that the author connected the reader to the characters and thus their emotions felt flat The other is that the plot becomes mired in a seemingly endless string of years where the dancers dance, the men choose mistresses, and Alexandrie models for Degas I felt that the author could have either made of the middle of the book to connect the reader firmly to the story and fully develop the characters or she could have cut whole [...]
What this book does really well is illustrate the dependence women had on men during the height of the Paris Opera Our heroine s only options are as follows 1 Find someone to marry, 2 Find someone who will set her up as a lorette high class prostitute , or 3 Sell her body every night after the show Now, it bothers me a little bit that the author indicated that the Paris Opera was pimping out their ballerinas to the patrons on a nightly basis There was a bit of pimping that went on, but there was [...]
Alexandrie is a typical country girl She helps her family with their pepper farm and doesn t really expect much than that She shows an interest in taking dance lessons, which is a luxury and that is where the conflict between her and her mother comes in Alexandrie wants to be the best dancer she can, while her mother wants her to become a famous lorrette and send money home to her family This tension really forms the heart of this story.Alexandrie goes to Paris and becomes a part of the famous [...]
I won this book from I was very excited when it came as I was just about to finish my other book and wondering what to read next I entered to win this book because I have always been drawn to Degas work surrounding ballerinas I took dance for years and was just sure that I, too, would become a ballerina Alas, I m not but the movement and elegance of the dance and of Degas work still entices me.I ve been trying to step out of my regular genre of mystery thriller books Maybe I ve just read to many [...]
Alexandrie is a peasant girl who, after years of ballet lessons, joins the Paris Opera Ballet, with hopes of becoming prima ballerina, as well as the mistress of a wealthy patron in order to secure the financial future of her family She falls in love with Edgar Degas who is a frequent visitor at the ballet She models for him for years, resulting in some of his most famous works, yet in the end has to decide what she wants her future to be.I had expected so much from this book, although I expect [...]
Baletul este o modalitate de expresie a unei st ri ce, la suprafa , nu poate nsemna dec t gra ie, sensibilitate, candoare feminitatea ntruchipat Ce se ascunde ns n spatele costumelor diafane i a z mbetelor ngere ti nu are, de multe ori, nimic de a face cu aparen a sclipitoare i des v r it a dansatoarelor care fac ca dansul lor s par ceva nn scut, ceva contopit cu fiin a lor i care, tocmai datorit acestei contopiri, pare ceva lipsit de dificult i i de efort Nimic mai fals de at t pe l ng orele ch [...]
Alexandrie leaves her small town for Paris in hopes of becoming a ballerina at the Paris Opera Ballet The fortunes of her family are dependent on her success, but she s shocked to discover that she will be expected to entertain the gentlemen patrons If she is lucky and plays her cards right she ll become a lorette i.e mistress of a wealthy man If not, she ll be one of the courtesans engaged in post performance work that is an open secret Her independent nature and intelligent mind cause her to c [...]
Have you ever had a character or a story resonate so deeply with your own life that you feel as if this was you in another life That s what this book was for me Alexandrie is a young girl who dreams of escaping her boring life, not to mention her family, in small town France Her mother enrolls her in ballet lessons and Alexandrie finds the one thing in life for which she will always feel passion As she dances her way up the social ladder to the Opera Ballet in Paris, she must learn some hard tru [...]
This book was compulsively readable I won the book on as a first read book The historical fiction art genre that this book falls into is one of my favorites Set mainly in Paris from 1865 1872 the story includes life of ballerinas at the Paris Opera Ballet and Edgar Degas art from the same The story of Alexandrie s life from a poor young farm girl, to living in Paris as a ballerina working her way up through the ranks in the ballet and her relationship with Degas was fascinating I loved her stren [...]
Having finished all the books I brought along for my European Vacation I sorted through what my mom had available and picked this one In the same vane as The Girl with the Pearl Earring this book seeks to tell the story behind a famous painting and the muse that inspired the great work Once again for me the writing falls very flat just like Pearl Earring or The Other Boleyn Girl The author struggles to produce characters who evoke real emotions and sensationalizes the life of Degas and the Paris [...]
Alexandrie lives in her small village of pepper growers with her family and her dreams of dancing After years of studying dance with a local ballerina she s deemed good enough to audition for the Opera Ballet in Paris She makes it in and a new world opens for her Most exciting is meeting Edgar Degas and becoming his muse or at least one of them That s where her heartache begins because the she poses for him, the they talk, she falls in love but Degas is determined not to have a full time woman [...]