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Breath and Bones Hardcover – May 1, 2005
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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Famke searches for Albert, a narcissistic mediocre painter with whom she believes herself to be in love, throughout the story. Her quest takes her across the Atlantic and the United States, into a polygamist family, and in and out of numerous brothels in the west. Famke's story lacks bits of reality needed to keep this reader truly interested. Though she is a young woman who apparantly oozes sex and is traveling alone, she encounters no violence. She is blissfully ignorant and blind to obvious coercion, and appears to be an accomplice to her own "captivity" at times. Further, she is wildly successful posing as a man and a painter though she is neither and descriptions of her physical appearance and artistic abilities lead one to wonder how she could have pulled off either ruse. Her luck and ability to land on her feet, which I suppose may amuse some, seemed too contrived.
Stories of such a physical journey during the early years of a young woman's life often parallel an internal journey to finding a sense of self, self respect, etc. Famke's character, however, remains nearly one-dimensional. She is stubborn about her health to the point of her near death.Read more ›
A curious and feminine girl, Famke's precocious nature unsettles the sisters of the convent and they are happy to release her to work as a maid and goose girl. But Famke isn't meant for such a life and when she meets an artist, Albert Castle, she enthusiastically joins him as his model and lover. When Albert finishes his larger-than-life painting of the idealized beauty, he leaves for England, then later on to America. Waiting for Albert's return, Famke falls on hard times. When the opportunity arises, she follows Albert to America. So begins a long and desperate search that takes her to Utah, Colorado, the New Mexico Territories, Hygeia Springs, California and finally, to San Francisco.
Famke follows Albert's trail, always but a few steps behind, steadfast in her purpose.Read more ›
The repetition of the searching threatens to smother the reader until he or she falls beneath the surface of the plot to ponder the compulsions that drive humans toward that something they believe will make them whole.
Cokal bids us ask - Are our perceptions and reflections true or merely creatures of our soul's pursuits?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great fantasy writing. I know the author and she's awesome. I don't normally read fantasy, but she was a professor of mine and I wanted to see how she wrote.Published on November 18, 2013 by Joyce M. Lillemon Boschert
After the massive disappointment of her other book, I gave this one a try. Once again, flowery genre-fiction posturing as something of literary value. Don't waste your time.Published on March 25, 2013 by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven
I thoroughly enjoyed Breath and Bones, for the most part. The 'heroine' was lovable even through her misadventures, and even the sections on other characters' experiences were... Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Beth S
This novel had a good beginning with Famke the orphan growing up in a Catholic orphanage and running off with the sudden appearing Albert, an artist. Read morePublished on April 7, 2009 by Tara Chevrestt
Not written as well as I like. Cokal should have restrained herself a bit, instead of indulging herself and sending the protagonist on many ridiculous, not to mention fanciful,... Read morePublished on August 25, 2005 by Cathrine Reinke
From its stunning prologue to the disturbing, shattering beauty of its finale, Breath and Bones gets under your skin. Read morePublished on May 14, 2005 by Veronica