The Last Nude

The Last Nude

Book - 2012
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"A story about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the world wars. Paris, 1927. In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant-garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka. Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara's most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished-and coveted-works of art. A season as the painter's muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons: Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice. And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history's darkening tide. Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination. Ellis Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781594488139
1594488134
Characteristics: 310 p. ; 23 cm

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Ulla11
Oct 22, 2012

I too almost gave up on the book midway through. It dragged a bit but it ended up keeping me interested enough to want to finish it. I really enjoyed Part 2 from Tamara's point of view. Her suspicions and thought process were really well portrayed. What I found funny was the standard blurb from the publisher and the author that the characters in the book are purely fictional and any resemblance to real persons aliver or dead is purely coincidental. This book is very much based on very real persons. I have always liked de Lempicka's painting and now, after reading this book, I have a new appreciation for their author and the models she used. If you like the paintings, it is worth your while to read this book.

dramaana May 19, 2012

A really interesting premise and I especially enjoyed the first 1/3 of the novel. However, around the middle the plot starts to get a bit muddled and drags on for quite awhile. In some parts I was very confused by the author's writing (dialogue can be difficult to decipher), but overall enjoyed the story.

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vera4life
Mar 30, 2012

Poorly written, I wanted to put it down several times, but I was curious about the painter, Lempicka. 2 stars max!

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