☆ Dansatoarea lui Degas || × PDF Read by Ñ Kathryn Wagner


  • Title: Dansatoarea lui Degas
  • Author: Kathryn Wagner
  • ISBN: 9789736896125
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback

  • In the city of lights, at the dawn of a new age, here is an unforgettable story of great love, great art and the most painful choices of the heart.Kathryn Wagner transports readers to an era of light and movement with this fresh and vibrantly imagined portrait of the Impressionist artist Edgar Degas as told through the eyes of a young Parisian ballerina An ambitious and eIn the city of lights, at the dawn of a new age, here is an unforgettable story of great love, great art and the most painful choices of the heart.Kathryn Wagner transports readers to an era of light and movement with this fresh and vibrantly imagined portrait of the Impressionist artist Edgar Degas as told through the eyes of a young Parisian ballerina An ambitious and enterprising farm girl, Alexandrie enters the prestigious Paris Opera ballet with hopes of catching the eye of one of the ballet s wealthy patrons thereby securing not only her place in society, but her family s financial future But her plan is soon derailed when she falls in love with the enigmatic artist whose paintings of the private off stage lives of the ballerinas scandalized society and revolutionized the art world As Alexandrie is drawn deeper into Degas s art and Paris s darkest secrets, she will risk everything for her dreams of love and of becoming the ballet s star dancer.
    Kathryn Wagner
    Kathryn Wagner currently resides in Washington, D.C Dancing for Degas is her first novel Foreign publications for Dancing for Degas include Spain, Holland, Poland, and Romania She holds a B.A in journalism with a minor in art and has worked as a staff writer and columnist for several newspapers in North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Virginia She is currently at work on her next novel.


    Commentaires:

    Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"
    This is the kind of book that was made for negative star ratings, which unfortunately are not an option. I would assign this one a minus 2 stars. This book is so bad that I just want it out of my life! I got as far as page 189, then had it sitting around for weeks. I kept telling myself I should finish it and write a review because it was a First Reads win. Dumb on my part, since I now know for certain that reviewing First Reads books has no bearing on future wins. The first 106 pages of the boo [...]

    Julia
    Liked this book because I like historical fiction about art, artists, dance, and dancers. It was a good story, not perfect by any means, but one that I looked forward to picking up and continuing. Would recommend to readers who enjoy Paris, the ballet, and/or Degas as a part of a novel. Also makes me want to review Degas' art.

    Jinny
    Not a lot here for discriminating readers. The first parts of the plot are predictable, and the end abrupt and not well connected to preceding events. Most of the characters are one-dimensional, and there is little emotional nuance to plumb. As historical fiction, the book lacks a really distinctive sense of nineteenth-century Paris. Disappointing, as the situation and scenes of the action have potential. Unfortunately, this book is a great example of the "telling vs. showing" that writing teach [...]

    Christine Goldbeck
    Being an artist predispositions me to read books about artists. Alas, I have found there are GREAT books, good books and no-so-good novels that re-create the lives of our master painters. "Dancing for Degas: A Novel" is a GREAT book and Wagner is a darn good writer and storyteller.The Impressionists, visual art, dance, Paris, politics, and women's history play prominent roles in this novel, which was obviously well researched. Of course, liberties were taken. After all, this is a novel of histor [...]

    Karalee
    I found this book to be utterly enthralling. Sounds dramatic, I know, but I just couldn't put it down. The story captivates to such a extent that the outside world recedes. I was reading it on the train during my morning commute and was so engrossed that I didn't realize my train had been off-loaded due to mechanical problems, a fellow passenger had to tap me on the shoulder and tell me to exit the train. The story is set in the late 1800s in France. The main character is a young woman named Ale [...]

    John
    Dancing for Degas by Kathryn WagnerGenre: Historical fiction, Belle ��poqueRating: ������������It is the Belle ��poque ("beautiful era") in France, a period in French history occurring between 1871 and the beginning of WWI, a time of optimism and when literature, music, theater and the visual arts flourished. Alexandrie, an ambitious and talented ifarm girl from Southern France, has auditioned and been accepted as a ballerina into the Paris Opera Ballet. A student [...]

    Sterlingcindysu
    I wish there were pictures whenever Degas' sketches or pastels were mentioned. I was quite apprehensive reading this book--I packed it for a trip and it had to kill time on a 4 hour flight--and my friends' averaged reviews were quite dismal. I thought it was rather good, perhaps a 3.25. Unlike The Luncheon Of The Boating Party this wasn't about a single painting/pastel/sketch but just Degas' work sketching at the ballet during the 1860s. The story of a poor ballerina could have stood on its own [...]

    Anne Borgmeyer
    Terrible. I love this period in history and love historical fiction. This, however, was a poorly written book with a mind-numbing narrator. And to top it off, in the "interview with the author" at the end the author admitted to completely fabricating the shady practices of the Paris Opera Ballet which was pretty much the entire conflict of the story! The setting of historical fiction is NOT meant to be an alternate universe. I would think the Paris Opera Ballet would want to legally pursue this [...]

    Courtney
    This book wants to be "Memoirs of a Geisha" meets "Girl With a Pearl Earring." It is neither. It is, in fact, a very poorly-written, crashingly boring bastion of eye-rolling.I started off with excitement--a book about Edgar Degas' ballerinas! In 1860s Paris! At the Paris Opera Ballet! That excitement turned to confusion as our main heroine Alexandrie, who for no reason at all switches from a serviceable past tense to a god-awful present tense on page 105, quotes from Emily Dickinson's "Because I [...]

    Kimberly
    I'm so excited that I won this book through First Reads! It is a wonderful debut novel on par with Girl With a Pearl Earring and The Birth of Venus as far as the plot is concerned. I have a background in art and I thought that Wagner did a good job of capturing the essence of an artist in Degas. While there are romantic elements to the story, it is much more of a coming-of-age novel that also encompasses French/Parisian society during the later 1800's and the role of women in it. The ballet is o [...]

    Erika
    I was intrigued when I won this as a First Reads, and delved into it as both a lover of historical fiction as well as someone with an educational background in art history. While I do think it had promise, it ultimately was just okay for me.Of course it should be noted that I did receive an ARC - an uncorrected copy which still required editing. I do hope that an editor thoroughly goes through the book to clean up extraneous storylines and improve the writing. At times I found the prose a bit so [...]

    Heather
    Mercifully this was a quick read to page 177 when I finally got so fed up with the ridiculous banter in this book that I had to quit reading it. As someone who has a degree in art history, I am always interested in books that are based on art, especially a wonderful artist such as Degas. This book read like a high school diary of a mean mother, first time love, and petty cat fights among women. I also can't quite put my finger on how, but the writing itself is atrocious. While I respect Wagner f [...]

    Madalina Puiu
    Tema cartii e foarte bine aleasa, urmand exemplul lui Tracy Chevalier, cel mai probabil scriitoarea mea preferata, de a recrea o poveste si o atmosfera din lumea artei. In schimb insa, Kathryn nu reuseste sa creeze un personaj complet, ii pune in carca multe drame si nelinisti, dar nu ii explica complexitatea cat sa para credibil. In multe pasaje expediaza mult prea repede si necizelat o drama, stilul de scriitura nu ma convinge deloc si nu gaseste cuvintele adecvate pentru a se exprima.Cartea m [...]

    Sandy
    From what I have personally seen, this book is current in the way the dancers treat each other. From the outside looking in, you have no idea how competitive those woman are. All the public sees is the grace and poise radiated from the stage. I found it illuminating what is revealed about the life of dancers off the stage in Paris during this particular time period. I would hope ballet companies no loger expect woman dancers to prostitute themselves for contributions.Forget the love story. It's [...]

    Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Dancing for Degas tells the story of Alexandrie, a young girl who becomes a ballet dancer. She goes to Paris to join the Paris Opera House where she becomes a sort of muse for Edgar Degas, Impressionist painter of all things ballerina. Subsequently, she falls in love with Degas.I really liked the character of Alexandrie. The book covers several years of her life and it was very interesting to watch her come into her own.

    Kathy
    I picked this up at the library thinking it would be a fun guilty read, but by the last page I was simply annoyed with it: the plot, the characters, the writing, the ending, the hints at sex, the touch of violence and war It is essentially Memoirs of a Geisha, set in Paris.

    Emily
    Ok honestly I only read about 30 pages of this but I couldn't get any further. The idea seemed ok but the writing was so awful I couldn't stand going any further.

    Kim Berkshire
    I found myself blushing reading this. Ashamed of the publishing industry for the writing and editing of this book.

    Bonnie
    From March to Dancing for Degas by way of a minor figure in a major work: the father in Little Women, and the ballerina in Degas' paintings.

    Wendy
    One of the main problems with this book for me was that I never felt that the author connected the reader to the characters and thus their emotions felt flat. The other is that the plot becomes mired in a seemingly endless string of years where the dancers dance, the men choose mistresses, and Alexandrie models for Degas. I felt that the author could have either made more of the middle of the book to connect the reader more firmly to the story and more fully develop the characters or she could h [...]

    Sarah
    What this book does really well is illustrate the dependence women had on men during the height of the Paris Opera. Our heroine's only options are as follows: 1) Find someone to marry, 2) Find someone who will set her up as a lorette (high-class prostitute), or 3) Sell her body every night after the show. Now, it bothers me a little bit that the author indicated that the Paris Opera was pimping out their ballerinas to the patrons on a nightly basis. There was a bit of pimping that went on, but t [...]

    Heather
    Alexandrie is a typical country girl. She helps her family with their pepper farm and doesn’t really expect much more than that. She shows an interest in taking dance lessons, which is a luxury – and that is where the conflict between her and her mother comes in. Alexandrie wants to be the best dancer she can, while her mother wants her to become a famous lorrette and send money home to her family. This tension really forms the heart of this story.Alexandrie goes to Paris and becomes a part [...]

    Leigh
    I won this book from . I was very excited when it came as I was just about to finish my other book and wondering what to read next. I entered to win this book because I have always been drawn to Degas' work surrounding ballerinas. I took dance for years and was just sure that I, too, would become a ballerina. Alas, I'm not but the movement and elegance of the dance and of Degas' work still entices me.I've been trying to step out of my regular genre of mystery/thriller books. Maybe I've just read [...]

    Sabina
    Alexandrie is a peasant girl who, after years of ballet lessons, joins the Paris Opera Ballet, with hopes of becoming prima ballerina, as well as the mistress of a wealthy patron in order to secure the financial future of her family. She falls in love with Edgar Degas who is a frequent visitor at the ballet. She models for him for years, resulting in some of his most famous works, yet in the end has to decide what she wants her future to be.I had expected so much more from this book, although I [...]

    Bookaholic
    Baletul este o modalitate de expresie a unei stări ce, la suprafaţă, nu poate însemna decât graţie, sensibilitate, candoare – feminitatea întruchipată. Ce se ascunde însă în spatele costumelor diafane şi a zâmbetelor îngereşti nu are, de multe ori, nimic de-a face cu aparenţa sclipitoare şi desăvârşită a dansatoarelor care fac ca dansul lor să pară ceva înnăscut, ceva contopit cu fiinţa lor şi care, tocmai datorită acestei contopiri, pare ceva lipsit de dificultăţ [...]

    Book Concierge
    Alexandrie leaves her small town for Paris in hopes of becoming a ballerina at the Paris Opera Ballet. The fortunes of her family are dependent on her success, but she’s shocked to discover that she will be expected to entertain the gentlemen patrons. If she is lucky and plays her cards right she’ll become a lorette (i.e. mistress) of a wealthy man. If not, she’ll be one of the courtesans engaged in “post-performance” work that is an open secret. Her independent nature and intelligent [...]

    Jen
    Have you ever had a character or a story resonate so deeply with your own life that you feel as if this was you in another life? That's what this book was for me. Alexandrie is a young girl who dreams of escaping her boring life, not to mention her family, in small town France. Her mother enrolls her in ballet lessons and Alexandrie finds the one thing in life for which she will always feel passion. As she dances her way up the social ladder to the Opera Ballet in Paris, she must learn some hard [...]

    Daphne
    This book was compulsively readable. I won the book on as a first read book. The historical fiction art genre that this book falls into is one of my favorites. Set mainly in Paris from 1865-1872 the story includes life of ballerinas at the Paris Opera Ballet and Edgar Degas' art from the same. The story of Alexandrie's life from a poor young farm girl, to living in Paris as a ballerina working her way up through the ranks in the ballet and her relationship with Degas was fascinating. I loved he [...]

    Kathryn
    Having finished all the books I brought along for my European Vacation I sorted through what my mom had available and picked this one. In the same vane as The Girl with the Pearl Earring this book seeks to tell the story behind a famous painting and the "muse" that inspired the great work. Once again for me the writing falls very flat just like Pearl Earring or The Other Boleyn Girl. The author struggles to produce characters who evoke real emotions and sensationalizes the life of Degas and the [...]

    Cynthia
    Alexandrie lives in her small village of pepper growers with her family and her dreams of dancing. After years of studying dance with a local ballerina she's deemed good enough to audition for the Opera Ballet in Paris. She makes it in and a new world opens for her. Most exciting is meeting Edgar Degas and becoming his muse or at least one of them. That's where her heartache begins because the more she poses for him, the more they talk, she falls in love but Degas is determined not to have a ful [...]

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