Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Claude & Camille

Claude and Camille

Stephanie Cowell

You've probably heard of Claude Monet, the painter, does lots of flowers and lily pads? Well this is the story of how he became the impressionist that is known and loved. He struggles with his art, with his friends and of course with his love life. He meets Camille, who turns out to be the love of his life, but does she have a secret? Though they come from different classes and have a difficult life today they are truly in love.

I was pleasantly surprised with this novel. I'm a huge fan of historical fiction, and if you share that love this is most likely a story for you. Told entirely from Monet's perspective you get a real feel for the life of a poor artist in Paris. It was interesting to see the interactions of Monet with his other artists friends, like Renoir, Cezanne, Dega's and Manet.. Monet is a flawed character, and his drive to paint nearly costs him everything on several occasions. While this isn't the most original story it was good and engaging. Like i said, if you're a fan of the likes of Chevalier and Vreeland this is a novel for you.

My Rating
4/5

Thanks to Jen at The Introverted Reader for the ARC copy

5 comments:

Book Quoter said...

This books sounds great. I will have to check it out. Thanks for the review.

Katelyn said...

I'm a huge fan of Monet's work and I've really been wanting to read this book, I'm not big on historical fiction but I'm hoping that I'll still love this one, great review and thanks for the rec!

Stephanie Cowell said...

Sarah, thank you so much for the lovely review! Someone told me about it so I visited!

Gratefully, Stephanie (the author!)

Letter4no1 said...

@Katelyn - It was definitely worth checking out, especially if you like Monets work. I'm not a huge fan of his art but am aware of some of his more well known paintings (The Chicago Art Institute has a whole Monet room) but it would have been even more intriguing to have a deeper knowledge of his work

Letter4no1 said...

@Stephanie Cowell - Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I can't wait to read more of your work!