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Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet

Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet

  • Title: Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet
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  • ISBN : 9780307463210
  • Format : Hardcover
  • Language : English
  • Page : 352 pages


Sometimes he dreamt he held her that he would turn in bed and she would be there But she was gone and he was old Nearly seventy Only cool paint met his fingers Ma tr s ch re Darkness started to fall, dimming the paintings He felt the crumpled letter in his pocket I loved you so, he said I never would have had it turn out as it did You were with all of u Sometimes he dreamt he held her that he would turn in bed and she would be there But she was gone and he was old Nearly seventy Only cool paint met his fingers Ma tr s ch re Darkness started to fall, dimming the paintings He felt the crumpled letter in his pocket I loved you so, he said I never would have had it turn out as it did You were with all of us when we began, you gave us courage These gardens at Giverny are for you but I m old and you re forever young and will never see them In the mid nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father s nautical supplies business in a French seaside town Against his father s will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris But once there he is confronted with obstacles an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends But there were bright spots as well his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, C zanne, Pissarro, Manet a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years But even illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time His muse, his best friend, his passionate lover, and the mother to his two children, Camille stayed with Monet and believed in his work even as they lived in wretched rooms, were sometimes kicked out of those, and often suffered the indignities of destitution She comforted him during his frequent emotional torments, even when he would leave her for long periods to go off on his own to paint in the countryside But Camille had her own demons secrets that Monet could never penetrate, including one that when eventually revealed would pain him so deeply that he would never fully recover from its impact For though Camille never once stopped loving the painter with her entire being, she was not immune to the loneliness that often came with being his partner A vividly rendered portrait of both the rise of Impressionism and of the artist at the center of the movement, Claude and Camille is above all a love story of the highest romantic order


Author Stephanie Cowell

I was born in NYC where I still live and fell in love with history and fiction when very young For years I was a classical singer I am the author of NICHOLAS COOKE, THE PHYSICIAN OF LONDON, THE PLAYERS, MARRYING MOZART, and CLAUDE CAMILLE A NOVEL OF MONET I love Shakespeare, early and classical music and many things I am married and have two sons.and I have many books in progress




Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet Reviews (31)

  • Having previously read Emile Zola s The Masterpiece L Oeuvre , which gave me some idea of the Parisian art scene and the lives of aspiring impressionist painters of mid 19th century France, I found this dramatized life story of Claude Monet familiar and believable I don t know much about the [..]

  • NO SPOILERSFinished This book has the momentum of a huge wave It builds slowly but by the end it crashes down on the shore with a tremendous thunder that shakes you I did not think the beginning very well prtrayed the relationship between Claude and Camille, but as you follow the story an understnad [..]

  • So, clearly I am in the minority here since I only gave this book 2 stars I tried to put my finger on exactly what didn t work for me in this story, especially compared to the book I just finished, Girl in Translation which was terrific What I ultimately came up with is that, unlike most of the othe [..]

  • What a waste of a perfectly fantastic topic It was too, too 21st century with the detailed sexual events, overly angst ridden uncertainties, and the name dropping sort of like so Pissaro passed the wine to Renoir, while Manet sipped, and Cezanne asked for , if you can get my drift I mean, come on Wh [..]

  • The subtitle is all the synopsis you need A Novel of Monet Cowell gives us a fictionalized look at the early to middle years of Monet s career, when he met, wooed and married Camille Doncieux and painted her in many poses and settings The novel is told in two time frames, each section being introduc [..]

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