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fiction historical, not historical fiction
on June 29, 2010
Wow! I'm so suprised by all of the good reviews for this book. I wonder if any of them stopped to remember that the women who danced for the Paris Opera were real. In my opinion, turning them into prostitutes and the Ballet Master (also a real person) into their pimp is an insult to the memory of some great artists who worked extremely hard for their craft.
In truth, ballet dancers were, for their time, some of the most independent women around. As a female, it upsets me that some of the best women artists have been degraded in this way. This is the Golden Age of Ballet!!! Certainly there was real to life stories that the author could have used to create a compeling story and romance.
Did some dancers become mistresses to very rich men? Yes, they did. But it was a fringe benefit, not the reason for their hard work and sacrifice. Heck, the current first lady of France was once the mistress of the french president. France has a very long history of mistresses and rich powerful men.
Paris Opera ballerinas were never ever forced into prostitution in order to stay in the ballet. It is so sick to create such a story line.
And I'm not even going to mention the distraction of her misuse of dance terminology and form. If you ever danced at a serious level, you will have a really good laugh.
The genre is historical fiction, not fiction historical. I would have given it no stars if amazon would have let me.