I have always enjoyed Monet’s body of work. In fact, the painting on the cover of the book has always been a particular favourite of mine. However, I didn’t know anything of his life so I was eager to read about it.
I loved the book from the moment I read the first word. To put it simply, I was transported. I was in Paris, in the dingy apartment, in front of the blank canvas with paintbrush in hand. Stephanie Cowell is one of those authors who has the ability to write in such a way that you feel like you’re in the places you’re reading about and almost feel shock when you move the book from your face and realize you’re still in your own living room.
Because I knew nothing of Monet beforehand, I can’t attest to the historical accuracy of the book. To me, it didn’t matter. I liked the fact that she added other painters to the mix – Manet, Renoir and Monet’s great friend, Pissaro. It was a nice touch and added so much to the story. I also really liked the short ‘interludes’ between chapters that take the reader back and forth from ‘young’ to ‘old’ Monet. It really helped tie the story together for me and gave just enough of a taste of what was coming.
Writing about someone as famous as Monet is ambitious. And not all authors could pull it off. Stephanie did so – magnificently. I recommend it for anyone with a love of history, art or anyone who just loves a good book.
I’m happy to have one (1) copy of Claude & Camille to give away to one lucky ready of my blog. The contest to open to Canada and the US. For one entry, leave a comment with your email address. For an additional entry, Tweet about this giveaway and leave the link to the Tweet. And then come back on May 16 and see if you’ve won! Good luck!