I Always Loved You

I Always Loved You

A Story of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas

Book - 2014
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"A novel of Mary Cassatt and Edgar Degas's great romance from the New York Times bestselling author of My Name Is Mary Sutter The young Mary Cassatt never thought moving to Paris after the Civil War to be an artist was going to be easy, but when, after a decade of work, her submission to the Paris Salon is rejected, Mary's fierce determination wavers. Her father is begging her to return to Philadelphia to find a husband before it is too late, her sister Lydia is falling mysteriously ill, and worse, Mary is beginning to doubt herself. Then one evening a friend introduces her to Edgar Degas and her life changes forever. Years later she will learn that he had begged for the introduction, but in that moment their meeting seems a miracle. So begins the defining period of her life and the most tempestuous of relationships"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2014.
ISBN: 9780670785797
Branch Call Number: OLIVE
Characteristics: 343 pages ; 24 cm

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The writing style is so boring. I had to keep skimming to move on with the plot line. The description of period details are uninspired and the narrative of the historical characters and their conflicts are drawn out too long and in too much detail. I would not read anything else by this author.

FederalWayEdna Jul 12, 2015

Interesting historical (and political) background about the group of French Impressionists who were the instigators for breaking with The Salon. The writer's style presents itself like Vanity Fair drawing you in to the gossip of the day. Readers will want to even more about the relationships between these gifted artists including their own family dynamics and marriages. The title is not just about Degas's and Cassatt's relationship; there are more facets of love in this story, including passion for displaying their own interpretations of life and color in their art.

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Dec 07, 2014

The book made me interested enough to go look at the paintings created by the various artists mentioned in the book and as a result, I now have a basic understanding of this form of art.

Between the two relationships that were presented in the book, I preferred reading the one between Cassatt and Degas despite it being more confusing and frustrating.

It was interesting to read how all our major characters thought of love at the end of their lives and the decisions they made regarding it. I wonder if a life lived is an unhappy one if you did not "have love" as Cassatt stated? I wonder if they would consider their lives as unhappy.

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