- Title: The Paris Winter
- Author: Imogen Robertson
- ISBN: 9780755390113
- Page: 177
- Format: Hardcover
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Imogen Robertson s break out novel a deep, dark and opulent tale of Belle Epoque Paris, and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade Maud Heighton came to Lafond s famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys oImogen Robertson s break out novel a deep, dark and opulent tale of Belle Epoque Paris, and the secrets and dangers hidden beneath its luxurious facade Maud Heighton came to Lafond s famous Academie to paint, and to flee the constraints of her small English town It took all her courage to escape, but Paris eats money While her fellow students enjoy the dazzling joys of the Belle Epoque, Maud slips into poverty Quietly starving, and dreading another cold Paris winter, Maud takes a job as companion to young, beautiful Sylvie Morel But Sylvie has a secret an addiction to opium As Maud is drawn into the Morels world of elegant luxury, their secrets become hers Before the New Year arrives, a greater deception will plunge her into the darkness that waits beneath this glittering city of light.
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3.5/5Paris in 1909 was at its height of the Belle Époque - a period during which the city experienced a surge of hopefulness, peace and economic growth; a time when the arts rapidly developed in new and exciting ways. Europeans flooded the city to take in the aura of affluence, wonder and exotic entertainment. There was also, by contrast, the existence of a large lower socio-economic class particular to Paris, who lived in its densely poverty-stricken slums, and who would never glimpse the gild [...]
THE PARIS WINTER, BY IMOGEN ROBERTSONA long time, ago, when I was a baby crime writer trying to find a publisher for my first book (‘darling, we love the plot, but we just can’t publish lesbian characters. Can’t you change them?), my agent brought me in due course of time to The Women’s Press who said, ‘Darling, we love the characters, but the plot… we don’t publish thrillers, we only publish mysteries. Yours is too thrilling. Can you make it into a mystery?’Thus began a search f [...]
This book started very slowly, but I love reading books set in Paris and especially during the Belle Époque time period, so that was enough for me to keep reading. I actually ended up liking all the history, the flooding of Paris in 1910 and one of the only art studios where woman had a chance to learn to paint. Although the studio in the book had a different name, it was based on a real such studio. Also enjoyed the descriptions of the paintings that fronted each chapter and the origin of thes [...]
Now this is a book that can pull you right into the heart of Paris, in the winter of 1909, at the height of La Belle Époque. And it’s a book with a rich, dramatic story to tell.Maud Heighton came to Paris to study art, to paint. She loved the world she found, but she was struggling. She had little money, she was always cold, she was always hungry. Maud didn’t know what to do, but she did know that she wasn’t going to go home to her disapproving family.The Paris WinterFortunately an angel [...]
Superbly atmospheric novel of bohemian Paris, and a top-flight mystery as well. The heroine, a fierce young art student, is sensitive and appealing, and her little band of friends (a Russian heiress, a cynical French model) have stories of their own and aren't just shuttled onto the stage as side-kicks. The ending is unexpected and very satisfying.
This historical fiction had a slow start, picked up and then plunged into a labor to read. While I enjoyed the plot, it seemed to stop half way through.
Un encanto de historia. Una novela de misterio con un punto gótico muy heavy y ambientada en una época muy bohemia. Tiene de todo, amor, intriga, aventura. Pero por encima de todo, lo mejor es la magia de la pintura que envuelve el relato.El personaje principal, es una joya, del que no tenia ni idea, un descubrimiento para las amantes del arte como yo. Las inundaciones del Sena también me han parecido muy interesantes, algo que disfruto mucho de un libro es que me descubra cosas nuevas.Es una [...]
This is the third novel I've read by Imogen Robertson, the other two were the first and second in her Crowther and Westerman series. I did attempt to read the third book in that series but gave up at over a hundred pages into it. I liked the very first book in that series and I thought this book might be as enjoyable as it was.I did make it all the way to the end of 'The Paris Winter' but it felt like an accomplishment rather than a pleasure, often the details seemed tedious. As with the third C [...]
This historical mystery is set in the glitzy Belle Epoque of Paris; a period when the arts flourished and many masterpieces gained recognition. Young Maud Heighton flees her small English town to take art lessons at the esteemed Académie Lafond. But life in Paris is expensive, and Maud sinks into poverty. Alone and hungry, she is overjoyed to gain employment as a companion to the wealthy Sylvie Morel. Maud is gradually drawn into the Morels’ secret world, and, as the new year of 1910 dawns, a [...]
Wonderfully fun. Loved so very much this portrait of female friendship, unencumbered by love triangles and other kinds of competitiveness. Robertson's evocation of art and Paris were wonderful; if I had this in print, I'd no doubt have been underlining away like crazy. My only miff is the very rapid POV shifts in the second part of the novel -- some within the same paragraph -- but otherwise, this historical thriller had me enthralled. Loved the real life drama of the flood of 1910 as backdrop t [...]
"Invierno en París" es un thriller psicológico ambientado en el París de la Belle Époque. Las descripciones del entorno, tanto físico como cultural, son excepcionales y la autora mezcla sus personajes ficticios con otros de reales con mucha elegancia. El ritmo de la novela atrapa porque crea una especie de nerviosismo; sabes que está a punto de pasar algo pero no sabes qué será ni cuando. En este sentido, me ha recordado a lo que sentí cuando leí mi primer Stephen King. La protagonista [...]
Quite an interesting historical novel, which takes place in the artistic Paris at the time of the 1910 flood. An interesting plot, good characters, not too perfect, (Maud often got on my nerves), with interesting developments. I liked the way each chapter started with the description of a painting and the artistic milieu depicted by Imogen Robertson. Very well read, too. I will be looking for more novels by Ms Robertson
Wonderfully descriptive read. I was totally immersed in the atmosphere of this book.
Я дуже давно хотіла прочитати “Зиму в Парижі“. Британку Імоджен Робертсон до того знала лише за першим історичним детективом в декораціях Британії XVIII (це єдина її книжка, перекладена російською). “Знаряддя темряви” – книжка цікава, але щось в ній здавалося недокрученим. [...]
2.5-3 stars, as in it was ok, I sort of liked it but will give it 3 stars since I am a huge fan of Robertson's Crowther and Westerman series, and jumped at the chance to read this book when it was offered on 's Vine program.The plot summary is aptly handled above so I'll skip right to what I did and didn't like. I was pleased to find Robertson's amazing gift of fleshing out every character, no matter how minor: from the wealthy, sheltered Tanya's battle axe aunts to her hovering, nurturing maid [...]
Who wouldn't want to spend the winter in Paris? Maud was in Paris starving and freezing as an art student when Tanya, a wealthy woman, befriended her and helped Maud obtain a position in a home to take care of a young lady.Maud found out the accommodations brought about more than a warm place to stay and good meals. Sylvie, the young lady she was taking care of, smoked opium and stole things, her "brother" wasn't very honest, and nothing was what it seemed. What else was going to [...]
I think I enjoyed this book so much because I had zero expectations. It caught my eye because Paris was in the title. This Paris, though, was not the romantic city of lights. Maud, the heroine, describes Paris, "the flâeurs and the thieves, street hawkers* and shop girls! the philanthropists! chancres and visionaries! the blandishments of Paris wrapped around its dirty, defiant soul." Not so pretty.The story takes place in Paris, 1909, during the Belle Époque, a time when art was flourishing. [...]
This book is a perfect example of what I love about good historical fiction. Set in Paris in the Belle Epoque, the novel transported me to that time and place with its evocative, poignant descriptions of streets, cafés, dressing styles, umbrellas, architecture and more. Add to that a bunch of (mainly) female characters that were either flamboyant (Russian), disreputable (French), well-behaved (English) or simply really wealthy (American), and you have a rich cast thrown into the opulent setting [...]
The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson is a powerful historical mystery that will lead the reader down a safe and unassuming path only to tear it out from under them in an unexpected and thrilling moment!"Valadon swept her eyes over them. 'Go home, Maud. You'll never be artists, either of you. Princess, you want everything to be pretty and Maud, you want everyone to think well of you so neither of you will ever tell any truth worth a damn.' 'Leave me alone, Suzanne,' said Maud. 'Madame de Civray w [...]
Sobre la historia, más allá de que es un cuento oscuro de intrigas, engaños y traiciones, diré que, en contra de lo leído en unas cuantas reseñas, a mí no me ha parecido para nada destacable. Es más, hasta más o menos la mitad del libro transcurre de forma lenta y pesada, se enrosca sobre sí misma y resulta tediosa de leer. No miento si confieso que me arrancó más de un bostezo y que, a pesar de que iban surgiendo detalles que pretendían dejarte con la intriga de un capítulo a otro [...]
Actual rating:3.5 starsThis was a clever read! I almost gave up on it 1/4 of the way through, but I am so very glad that I didn't! The art sections started to bore me, but read them all! There is a point to them all in the end. A very clever conclusion to this book!I absolutely loved the female characters in this novel! Tanya, Yvette, and Maud were quite the crew! I loved how this was a historical fiction, but I didn't feel a distance between myself and the main characters. Many times in HF, I f [...]
Izuzetno liričan roman koji verno oslikava intimnu dramu u Parizu s početka XX veka, koji gleda u lice radikalnim društvenim promenama. Kroz priče nekoliko likova, pratimo različita dešavanja, afere, izdaju, ljubav, umetnost, u jednom nepredvidivom dobu. Dekadentni model dobrog srca (Ivet), ambiciozna i moralna mlada slikarka (Mod) i svestrana ruska naslednica (Tanja) proživljavaju najbitniji period svojih života u gradu svetlosti, Parizu. Izuzetna atmosfera, široko postavljene scene, d [...]
A fairly lackluster historical melodrama. With its suspenseful atmosphere and a setting among a group of bohemian artists, The Paris Winter might recall Matthew Pearl’s thrillers and Jane Harris’s Gillespie and I. But as the title suggests, Paris is the real star here: bleak and menacing at times, but always harboring the promise of a better future. (See my full review at We Love This Book.)
This was a wonderful book that drew me in from the beginning. Lushly written with words that painted a Paris in my mind that was beautiful and cold and mysterious. The story line is not predictable and held my interest through to the very end. A truly beautiful book and now one of my favorites! I highly recommend The Paris Winter.
I must have breathed while reading THE PARIS WINTER, but I could not say when. Robertson’s dark tale in the City of Light will haunt the reader long after closing its pages.
Romanul ăsta mi-a plăcut și nu prea mi-a plăcut. I-a lipsit ceva, ceva important, acel ceva care face diferența între un roman bun și unul de duzină. Nu are o intrigă care să te captiveze din prima și nici personajele nu sunt memorabile. Autoarea nu s-a străduit prea mult ca să o pună în valoare nici măcar pe Maud, personajul principal. Nu prea mi-am dat seama ce a vrut de fapt să scoată în evidență prin povestea asta - dacă a vrut să readucă în prezent faimoasa Belle Ep [...]
The young women in The Paris Winter are battling against poverty, overbearing relatives and other constraints that existed in early twentieth century Paris.The protagonist Maud Heighton is a middle-class Englishwoman, determined to continue with her study of art, even if she has to go hungry during another Paris winter.We are given glimpses of the desperation she must have endured the previous winter when “she had been feeding herself too little, been too wary of lighting the fire when the dam [...]
Maud Heighton is one of the female students at the Lafond Academie, a Parisian art school in the early 20th Century. Lessons in the segregated school are not cheap, and Maud is running out of both money and food at the beginning of the tale. When she takes advantage of an opportunity to earn some extra money, as well as having room and board, by teaching a young French woman to speak English, she falls into a situation of intrigue over which she has no control. With her two friends, Tanya and Yv [...]
I recommend The Paris Winter to people who, like me, devour any book set in the City of Light. It is also great for fans of historical novels and thrillers. You will be satisfied by the ending; I am sure you’ll find a new favorite in it, as well.Maud Heighton is employed as companion to the sister of wealthy, mysterious Mr. Morel. She is to teach Sylvie to draw, something she can do easily. It seems she’s finally found stability—she’s eating proper meals and sleeping in a warm room.It wa [...]
This one was a Robertson miss for me. Maud became known but it seemed slow and rather cliché, insipid to me. In describing the art? Maybe I have read too many books with art critique as a central feature? In this one being an artist or in the creative process, most of that aspect- it was just not alive to any depth. It's also not one of my favorite periods, so that definitely added to the tedium.
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