Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel Kindle Edition
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"I felt I'd had a virtual trip to Romania and am now ready to take one live! An inquisitive and personal literary bouquet." —Mari Carlson, Midwest Book Review
"This book felt like a philosophical version of Friends" —Annika Stanger, book blogger
"Full of musical references and art history, this story completely embraces the lifestyles of its characters. . . . In many ways, this book is a celebration of those who walk the artistic path in life. . . . the conviction and emotional power of the characters makes this story worth reading." —The US Review of Books
About the Author
- Publication Date : August 4, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Mira Tudor (August 4, 2017)
- ASIN : B074L8W7XS
- Print Length : 165 pages
- File Size : 1011 KB
- Language: : English
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,757,385 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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A group of friends enjoy monthly parties at each other’s homes in the beautiful country of Romania. They are each artists in their own right: poets, musicians, sculptor, writers, and professors. Life is good, and there is so much to be discovered about one’s self. The cast of characters find themselves twisted in a love plot: Henriette, Ela, Anca, and Maria are all enraptured by Pamfil throughout the whole book. Relationships are disrupted and one can only hope that they can be repaired.
I’ve reached the stage in life where ‘romance’ books are not my go to read. I find most of them cheesy and not close to real life at all. But I really enjoyed Poets, Artists, Lovers (and the acronym is PAL! How wonderful is that?). It had the right amount of romance to soften my heart, while also being believable.
I do wish there was more background on Henriette and Haralambie’s relationship. I did not get a glimpse into it at all. I would have connected more with Henriette if I knew what it was like to be with Haralambie. I also wish the same for Pamfil and Ela. This is one of the relationships that wasn’t quite believable for me. I craved more interaction between them so I could grow with Ela and understand her fascination with Pamfil.
The interaction between the female characters is SPOT ON. I want to be part of their girl group. All of them were so relatable! From being in love and feeling confused, to eating brownies and complaining about weight gain, and to finding out one’s true passion to pursue. I could definitely connect with them on this level.
The story follows the lives of a group of Romanian artists and musicians, jumping between present and past in a way were you can learn about how the different characters met.
The writing style itself is good and I liked the references to different arts expressions (music, poetry, sculpture) and to some artists and writers that you can find through the book.
I highlighted many quotes while reading this book, among them the following by a character named Anca:
“ De gustibus”, Anca said: “We sometimes need sadness in order to tease away sadness”. -
In this book some of the characters struggle with the realities of adult life, intricate relationships and finding a balance and at times they seem to be experiencing some kind of existential crisis (also they seem to enjoy having a lot of intellectual and kind of philosophical discussions).
I finished the book, but I feel like I didn’t really “connect” with the main characters, also there is one male character whose appeal I just "didn’t get" and I would have liked to have a little more background story of characters like George and Haralambie.
Maybe this book could appeal more to people interested in Literary Fiction or as an exercise in analysis behind the motivations and psychology of the characters.
“I received from the author a gift card to purchase the ebook via Amazon in exchange for an honest review”.
The story follows a group of friends in Romania as they navigate their way through their 20s and 30s as artists. Tudor jumps back and forth in time so we can see how these relationships were cultivated and changed. The way these artists live, with monthly parties of elaborate food and meaningful music, seems a bit chaotic but totally appealing.
It was especially interesting for me to experience the dialogue between the 30-somethings of the group and the 20-somethings of the group. I feel the differences and similarities between those close age groups were explored nicely. As a 24 year old, it gave me a bit of hope!
One of my favorite quotes of the book was as follows:
"But that's the idea, ... To live in love and happiness in a way that benefits other people rather than expect them to make you happy."
This is an idea that I personally need to keep in mind. It is a way to create your own happiness and spread your own beauty in this crazy world.
Overall, PAL was beautiful and I truly enjoyed reading it!
Top reviews from other countries
Whilst one or two of her lines jar a little with a breezy casualness, there are some beautiful lines and observations here. One of the characters, Anca, writes a poem called Tell Me which, ‘considered whether life is ever more than swapping in a kitchen over a poor man’s meal shared threeways, each bite charmed with sunlight and music.’ Elsewhere, we're told that, 'for the first two years after their mother's passing, even as they lived together, the sisters avoided each other - and avoided facing their past, even as they dealt with it in their work.' At her best, Tudor is beautifully simple in her expression.
One of the more marginalised characters tells his girlfriend, ‘I want to understand why people do what they do.’ This is something which seems to exercise most of Tudor’s characters. Most of the relationships evolve around the enigmatic Panfil, who seems to collect women who play the piano, but I felt that the more convincing conversations took place between Tudor’s female characters, in particular between the sisters, Henriette and Alice, even if some of the romantic intellectual atmosphere was diminished by the later focus on weight loss and diets. I didn’t need so much detail about their clothes – this seemed at odds with the philosophical and artistic discussions being had – but I liked the emphasis on food and cooking, another sensory element in her narrative.
The one key issue I struggled with was the shifts in time. Whilst they do add to our sense of the characters’ histories together, I sometimes found it hard to keep up and, because some of the male characters are quite lightly dealt with, I often struggled to keep them in sight at times. Ultimately, this is an ambitious exploration of the lives of young bohemians who are driven by their desires and minds. It isn’t always the most coherent of narratives but it is interesting and I think Tudor is a writer to watch in the future.
I liked the friendships depicted between the four main characters. In a lot of fiction I've read which features female friendships their conversations are dominated by men. They aren't given much else to talk about. In Poets, Artists, Lovers we have a lovely mixture of topics. Yes, there is some talk about boyfriends, but the characters also talk about trivial things (gaining weight) and broach more serious subjects like art and philosophy. I felt that gave them more of a personality and you were able to care for them. In particular I liked the friendship between Henriette and Alice. They each had their own distinct voice which I liked, and I always enjoyed reading their debates, especially as one is an artist and the other studied art. You were given different perspectives on the same subject. I'm interested in art though know little about it so I found the facts Alice mentioned fascinating, and liked how Tudor got into the mindset of an artist trying to create work.
The one aspect of the novel I'm unsure of is the relationship between Henriette and Haralambie. I was never sure why they were together, or how they got together in the first place. That aspect felt underdeveloped, especially compared to the relationship between Henriette and Pamfil. As a result, I didn't quite see the struggle she had deciding between the two men (though admittedly I was pleasantly surprised by her decision). I would've liked to have seen more of Haralambie and maybe then her dilemma would have been clearer. There were also two spelling mistakes but they weren't frequent enough to ruin my enjoyment or pull me out of the book.
Overall I really enjoyed Poets, Artists, Lovers. I felt the friendships depicted were very realistic and my favourite parts were when they got together. The fact that the acronym for the title is PAL pretty much sums it up. If you are a massive fan of art you'll find plenty to enjoy as the discussions about the art world are interesting, or if you're a bit of an amateur (like me) you might learn something new. While there were a couple of flaws they didn't affect my enjoyment of the story and Mira Tudor seems a very promising author.
Book was sent for review by author.
You have Henrietta who is torn between two men and complicates the situation further by introducing her friend to the 2nd man in her life who then starts a relationship with said friend. Talk about complications, betrayals and feelings of hurt.
Although I really enjoyed the storyline, I better enjoyed the deep insights and words of wisdom the different characters gave.
Favourite Quote: “We are complex creature, Maria. Don’t let anyone tell you that there’s only one thing in this world for you. Be creative with your life. Learn many skills. Don’t ever get complacent or lazy. You never know what life may throw at you, and you have to be prepared.”
Why I liked it:
- I found the characters human, I could relate to their struggles. They want to do what they love - create art, but also have to make money :( (Adult problems!).
- They love art (Perhaps a simple point, but as I said I'm a sucker for arty related things) .
- Henriette was probably my favourite character in the entire novel. Maybe because that's who we meet first and I always prefer the first character I meet but she also had this whimsicalness to her.
- I didn't know how it was going to end. I guessed, as I always do, but I got it wrong so it was a nice change!