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The Dress Thief Paperback – June 5, 2014
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The plot centers on Alix a girl who wants to be a top fashion designer but ends up stealing from a top design House in Paris and then sells them for a profit. The main character, Alix, is not likeable. IMHO ,when you dislike the main person nothing else seems to fall into place.
The plot is all over the place. Characters come and go with no explanation. Her love interests are there then gone, then another love interest is introduced whom she hates but justifies that it's better to sleep with the guy then be alone at night REALLY? Unbelievable interventions when Alix seems to get stuck and needs help. And finaly, everything comes together all tied up in a nice little bow.
My personal suggestion to you is : If the book is free it's an ok read but do not spend your hard earned money on this one.
In "the Dress Thief" I hoped for an intelligent good read, and got it. It is very well plotted, and whilst fun, is also multi layered. The story is set in Paris in the late 1930s, at the time of the Spanish civil war, and the rise of fascism throughout Europe. Its heroine, Alix, aspires to design, but her way into a great fashion house is through deceit.
Every character comes with baggage, and I found myself believing in even the most minor: Suzy, Laurentin, Hubert.. Natalie Meg Evans has a way of saying much in few words so that people and places become believable. I know those people, trod those streets, heard Dulcie sing, smelt those smells. Major characters have both baggage and a dark side, so that I felt as if the story we were being told was one of many stories in a matrix of lives and places, with many other stories to tell.
" The Dress Thief" is well researched, and the author's command of detail creates a sense of security and trust, so that one is pulled along with the story. I found myself caring about couture, sympathising with Alix's concerns, whilst as a matter of fact, it is of no relevance to my life. And couture was linked to money and to France’s identity, both nationally and internationally, and thus to politics, so this is a book which can be enjoyed simply as a good story, or appreciated for its insights into a world where information travelled more slowly than today, at a time of great importance. Fascinating to learn, for example, that Picasso's Guernica was exhibited in the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exposition alongside the anti-communist German pavilion and the militaristic Soviet Pavilion, and to imagine the discussion and consternation which ensued.
It seems that Natalie Meg Evans next book is set in the same period, and I look forward to more. Recommended