Paris Red

Paris Red Paris A young girl in a threadbare dress and green boots hungry for experience meets the mysterious and wealthy artist douard Manet The encounter will change her and the art world forever At s

  • Title: Paris Red
  • Author: Maureen Gibbon
  • ISBN: 9780393352238
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Paperback
  • Paris, 1862 A young girl in a threadbare dress and green boots, hungry for experience, meets the mysterious and wealthy artist douard Manet The encounter will change her and the art world forever.At seventeen, Victorine Meurent abandons her old life to become immersed in the Parisian society of dance halls and caf s, meeting writers and artists like Baudelaire and AlfreParis, 1862 A young girl in a threadbare dress and green boots, hungry for experience, meets the mysterious and wealthy artist douard Manet The encounter will change her and the art world forever.At seventeen, Victorine Meurent abandons her old life to become immersed in the Parisian society of dance halls and caf s, meeting writers and artists like Baudelaire and Alfred Stevens As Manet s model, Victorine explores a world of new possibilities and stirs the artist to push the boundaries of painting in his infamous portrait Olympia, which scandalizes even the most cosmopolitan city.Manet becomes himself because of Victorine But who does she become, that figure on the divan Intense, erotic, and beautifully wrought, Paris Red evokes the unconventional love story of a painter and his muse that changed the history of art.

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    1. Thank goodness for short sex scenes. Maureen Gibbons gets to the point, the characters have sex often and in various ways, and then get on with their lives. Have you ever read the nominees for worst sex scene in a novel? They go on and on for paragraphs and after awhile you feel like it was written by someone who never had sex. Paris Red doesn't make this mistake, which is good because the characters have sex so often that the book would be 500 pages long if it was all described in detail.Where [...]

    2. I chose this book thinking it would be similar to Sunflowers, the story of Van Gogh, and Claude and Camille, the story of Monet. I was greatly disappointed. Paris red is the mostly fictionalized account of the love affair between Manet and his favorite model, Victorine. I say mostly fictionalized because I had to do my own research to determine the facts as there were no author notes at the end, and found the true story of Victorine, which is nothing like this book. Since research is a huge plus [...]

    3. I was lucky to receive an advanced copy of this novel. I was intrigued about the subject matter of this book- the relationship between Eduard Manet and one of his muses, Victorine Meurent. She appears in several of Manet's paintings and drawings; but this book mainly focuses on his painting "Olympia." For me, it was a fast read. I was drawn into their relationship, I have to say, but it still left me wanting more. I have to say I grew tired of their sexual adventures. I wanted more substance, mo [...]

    4. I received this book from the giveaway.This book had such great potential, to let the world know about the woman behind Manet's "Olympia" painting. But I found it really had no plot. Manet meets "Louisa," they have a lot of sex and she poses for his painting. That is the entire book.It is also frustrating that the author included a lot of French in the book without translations. There was too much of it to Google translations every single time.

    5. French Realism: Édouard Manet and his “modèle de profession,” Victorine Louise Meurent (Paris, 1862): The first clue you get that Maureen Gibbon’s 19th-century historical novel about the French painter, Édouard Manet, and his muse, Victorine Louise Meurent – he 30, she 17 – is going to be risky and provocative is that of his more than 400 paintings, the one selected for the cover is Olympia. The full painting is a nude, one that caused such a stir critics did see red when exhibited [...]

    6. Grazie a Maureen Gibbon, conosciamo la figura di Victorine Meurent, la donna, la musa di molti capolavori di Manet. Per chi non lo sapesse, Victorine Meurent è stata la musa rappresentata in quadri quali Colazione sull'erba e soprattutto Olympia. Non è un caso che il romanzo si intitoli Rosso Parigi. Il rosso Parigi del titolo è il rosso dei capelli di Victorine, ma è anche il colore della passione bruciante che scoppia tra la musa ed E. Rosso Parigi è un tuffo nell'erotismo, nella passione [...]

    7. This book is told from the point of view of Manet's model, Victorine Louise. After meeting Manet when he helps her with a sketch she is making, she becomes his lover and muse. Much of the story focuses on the painting of "Olympia" which created much scandal in its time. Victorine was young, only 17, working in a silver factory when through Manet she begins to discover more about Paris, about art, and about her own sensuality. Much of this story is beautifully told and Victorine has a fascinating [...]

    8. A compact story about Victorine Louise Meurent, the model for Manet's "Olympia" who later became an artist in her own right, but whose life was summarily reduced to that of a prostitute by Manet's early biographers. Maureen Gibbon does Ms. Meurent justice by presenting us with a story told through the eyes of a young, working-class girl, whose thirst for life and experience is unbound by convention. We see the beginnings of the woman Louise is becoming, as she navigates the world of the much old [...]

    9. Everything I think Maureen Gibbon set out to do with her historical novel, "Paris Red" -- a memoir about the famous painter Manet's model, Victorine, and her sensual and imaginative life that came into other special interpretations on Manet's canvasses in the 1800s -- I think she accomplished. Such a smooth, entrancing flow of events, thoughts, words! A great tale told, and unusually so. Thank you all for allowing me to read an advance copy through Giveaways!

    10. poteva essere un libro molto bello invece l'autrice ha voluto rovinare tutto! non si parla altro che di sesso, lei viene fatta passare oltre che per una di facili costumi anche un pó stupida! poteva essere un libro bello che raccontava l incontro tra Manet e la sua Musa e descrive così tutti i quadri con lei sotto un altra luce invece sembrava di leggere "50 sfumature di grigio".e tristezza!!

    11. A smart, sexy, fun read, Paris Red is erotic prose, well wrought and even richly literary. I enjoyed seeing the 19th century Parisian art world through protagonist Victorine's eyes, because although she is young, she lacks neither experience nor curiosity (sensual or intellectual). What I admire most is how Gibbon steered clear of recreating the tired cliche of the innocent, naif we see in most historical fiction about young women who go astray after modeling for famous (lecherous) artists. I lo [...]

    12. I picked up this book because I love historical fiction and love Paris, so why not? Little did i know that the red in the title does not refer to the main character's hair color. there is a lot of sex in this book, and it is fairly explicit. this book is about how we choose our paths in life, and how others' perceptions of us gives us strength - or robs us of it. about pushing boundaries and taking opportunities as they come. about the importance of friends to feel a little less lonely in the wo [...]

    13. This book is so very raw and succinct. If sex talk bothers you, don't read this novel. The author is very unapologetic about putting the heroine right in your faceher fears, her loves, her desire. But this book is so much more than a sex novel. It is about a young working girl in Paris learning to love herself and discovering what makes her tick. It is about complicated relationships between people and sometimes with yourself. I absolutely loved the way Maureen Gibbon gave us a peek into the his [...]

    14. Just saw this described as "historical fiction erotica" and that pretty much sums it up. Enjoyed the descriptions of life and art in Paris in the 1860s but it wasn't as informative as I hoped.

    15. Paris Red, a novel by Maureen Gibbon and published by W.W Norton and Company is an interesting read. It is told from the point of view of a poor, 17 year old girl in 1862, who works in a silver polishing factory. She enters into a love triangle with her roommate and a man they meet on the street. They play a little game of you touch her and then touch me for several chapters, before she leaves her roommate, and joins the man in his studio. He is a painter; an Artist, who ends up being Edouard Ma [...]

    16. My rating of this book is probably inflated because I expected . . . nothing from it. Actually, I sort of thought it was going to be actively bad. But it wasn't! Paris Red is actually rather good. It is maybe a little bit "a young girl's strange, erotic journey from Milan to Minsk" except that she stays in Paris the whole time, but I think that the book pulls it off. She's only 17 - self-possessed, but also self-obsessed.It reminded me a little of the film Augustine, which I think is really only [...]

    17. This book was incredibly mediocre. While the topic itself was interesting and the actual historical people gave the author a lot of material to work with, the story itself was boring. They meet, he’s briefly enchanted with both Trine and her friend Nise, Trine takes over the relationship, ditches Nise, and decides to abandon her entire life in favor of being Manet’s “muse”, whatever that means. (It means: they have sex, she poses naked, he paints her, he pays her, he controls her). Then [...]

    18. I was lucky enough to receive this book in the Good reads giveaway!This is a very sensual book about a very heady time in Paris - and the narrator, Victorine, given to reflection on minor details. This sounds like it could be boring - but is, in fact a lovely exploration of the meaning of such details - in relationships, artwork, and her own slowly forming drive to create her own artwork. You might guess from the cover and from Victorine's fame that it is about the painting of the Olympia, but i [...]

    19. I was lucky enough to get an advanced reading copy of this book. The story is told in the voice of the real 17 year old working class girl in 19th century Paris who became the muse and model of Edouard Manet. As a lover of Art and an amateur painter, I was sucked into the art angle of the book immediately. Manet was one of the first to paint what was real, what he saw, and saw as the truth. We read this play out through the girls eyes. To watch the girls mind work out life, love, friendship, pow [...]

    20. I just won this in the giveaway. I am really looking forward to reading this one. :) Well this book was a hard one to rate. I finally settled on 3 stars just because it's a middle of the road rating. Like how the book is middle of the road. I mean Paris Red isn't a BAD book, but it's not a GREAT book either. I think what I was expecting was some kind of grand romance between an artist and his muse that led to the "Olympia" painting. Something passionate and beautiful. Instead it all was a littl [...]

    21. I recieved this book as part of the first reads for an honest review. As someone who has studied art history this book was very exciting to me to get to read. It is always intersting to have a story with the art that you love so much. I found the book be charming, and made me want to research farther into the realationship of painter Eduard Manet and model Victorine Meurent. I did appreciate that the sex scences where short and sweet. I do wish that we got to see deeper into thier relationship a [...]

    22. I received an Advanced Readers Copy through a Giveaway. I had high hopes for this book, especially since I loved "Girl With The Pearl Earring" and the description said it was for fans of that book. Aside from the premise of being about the muse of a famous painting there weren't many other similarities. It took me a lot longer to finish this book because I couldn't get into it even though I wanted to. There isn't much plot aside from a lot of sex. I don't normally like books with sex, I prefer [...]

    23. Thanks to the publisher for an advance reader's copy.Edouard Manet is my favorite artist, Second Empire Paris is my favorite historical period, and Olympia is my favorite painting. If I could have a full-size print of it on my wall without creeping out any visitors, I would absolutely do it. This book should have been perfect for me, but after 100 pages of no art and lots and lots of sex, I wasn't interested anymore. While I started the book eagerly, I found that I was using any excuse to avoid [...]

    24. Now I had been warned off this book by a reliable source, but did I listen? There it was near my hand at the library and out of curiosity I picked it up. Read the first chapter standing therequick, breezy, slightly quirkywhat is the harm of checking it out? Well,slightly quirky quickly turned slightly irritating. Nothing was happening, which became slightly boring until, oops it became slightly porny. Ewww, ick. Now these were real people, don't make me look at Manet funny from now on. Couldn't [...]

    25. The idea behind "Paris Red" is good. It's the story of the relationship between Manet and Victorine Meurent, his great muse and the model for his masterpiece "Olympia". Victorine holds one of the most intriguing faces in the world of art history. She's known for her knowing expression and shameless nudity. The topic is irresistible.Unfortunately, the book itself is quite boring. "Paris Red" begins with some intriguing details--but the most interesting relationship in the novel, that between Vict [...]

    26. I struggled with writing a review for this book. I really wanted to like it, as it had been described as similar to Girl with a Pearl Earring, which is one of my all-time favorites. In fact, I am surprised this book was ever compared to Girl with a Pearl Earring at all - the only similarity these two books share is that the authors were inspired to write a story about a girl in a painting. I found the writing somewhat basic, and personally, I didn't care for the sex scenes - they were written in [...]

    27. What a great book this sounded like. I couldn't wait to read it. Having a minor in art history, I was interested in learning more about the story behind Manet's painting Olympia. I understood going into it that this was fiction. But I have read lots of historical fiction, and this was not what I was expecting. If you like a mindless books with little plot and lots of sex, then this is the book for you. If you are looking for an interesting book about Manet and his paintings or models or life, th [...]

    28. This was such a beautiful book, a piece of art, really. I love when I read a book and it takes me to another place and another time. I've had an affair with an artist and I went back to the smells of his apartment, the colors, the textures, the ambiance of creativity.I may never get to Paris, but through this book I have felt it and touched and tasted it. Maureen Gibbon is a gifted writer.

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