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The Muse

A picture hides a thousand words . . .On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever. Having struggled to find her place in the city since she arrived from Trinidad five years ago, she has been offered a job as a typist under the tutelage of the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick. But though Quick takes Odelle into her confidence, and unlocks a potential she didn't know she had, she remains a mystery - no more so than when a lost masterpiece with a secret history is delivered to the gallery.The truth about the painting lies in 1936 and a large house in rural Spain, where Olive Schloss, the daughter of a renowned art dealer, is harbouring ambitions of her own. Into this fragile paradise come artist and revolutionary Isaac Robles and his half-sister Teresa, who immediately insinuate themselves into the Schloss family, with explosive and devastating consequences . . ....

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ISBN : 9780062409928
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 393 pages
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The Muse Reviews

  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

    In her follow-up to her acclaimed novel The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton adopts a dual timeline structure, following the lives of two creatively gifted women separated by time and place, but linked by a luminous, long-hidden painting that bodes well to take the art world by storm, and a decades-old mystery about the artist. The Muse (2016) lacks the subtle element of magical realism that lent a mysterious aura to the dollhouse and the titular miniat

    But her presence does seem a macabre end to that chapter of my life. Did she see in me a kindred vulnerability? Did she and I occupy a space where our only option was to fill the gap with paper?
    The Muse is a little slower-paced and may not resonate with all readers, but I found it a meaningful story with an appealing cast of characters and intriguing settings that complemented the plot. Olive’s artwork is so vividly described that it felt real to me, like I was seeing it in my mind’s eye. The Muse is similar in structure and feel to a Kate Morton dual timeline mystery like The Forgotten Garden or The Secret Keeper (complete with some romance and a twist), and will appeal to readers who like that type of a story, but it’s more ambitious in its concept and scope, and doesn’t go for the easy resolution. It’s a rewarding read. ...more

  • Giovanna

    I received this arc from Edelweiss and Harper Collins, in exchange for an honest review.

    *all these quotes are taken from an uncorrected proof of the book, so they might be subject to change.

    "My life was a beanstalk and I was Jack, and the foliage was shooting up and up, abundant, impressive, at such that I could barely cling on. I loved and I lost love; I found new creativity and a sense of belonging. And something deeper happened, something darker, which we have all gone through - and if we ha
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  • Kyriaki

    3,5*

    Αρκετά καλό και ευχάριστο θα έλεγα αλλά όχι κάτι παραπάνω....

    Στο βιβλίο παρακολουθούμε 2 διαφορετικές χρονικές περιόδους:

    Η μια το 1967 με πρωταγωνίστρια την Οντέλ Μπαστιέν μια κοπέλα από το Τρίνινταντ που πήγε να ζήσει στην Αγγλία για μια καλύτερη ζωή. Εκεί αρχικά πιάνει δουλεία σε ένα υποδηματοπωλείο, αλλά στην συνέχεια της δίνεται η ευκαιρία να εργαστεί ως δακτυλογράφος σε ένα ινστιτούτο τέχνης, κάτι που θα φέρει τα πάνω κάτω στη ζωή της.

    Και μετά έχουμε και την Όλιβ Σλος από το 1936. Η Όλ
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  • Will Byrnes

    As an image it was simple and at the same time not easily decipherable—a girl, holding another girl’s severed head in her hands on one side of the painting, and on the other, a lion, sitting on his haunches, not yet springing for the kill. It had the air of a fable.
    I am sure most of you have had the experience of seeing a painting and wondering what was the inspiration for its creation. Or pondered what might lay behind the mystery, of, say an enigmatic painted smile. The Muse take us back thr ...more

  • Laura

    I generously received a copy of the book from Harper Collins Publishers/Ecco. First, I absolutely loved Burton's debut novel The Miniaturist, so I was skeptical as to how I would like the 2nd novel. The books are totally different in nature. But, honestly, they are both fabulous reads and receive 5 stars from me! So, if you are a reader that loved or hated The Miniaturist, The Muse may be one to take a chance on. Seems like a win/win situation to me. I found with each of these novels, one must ...more

  • Anne

    The Muse is a book that could have been written just for me, it's a dual-time story and is set in 1930s Spain and 1960s London, the latter being one of my all time favourite eras for fiction. It's a vast, complex story that spans the decades and the continent and at its heart it has some wonderfully created female characters. It is a total joy to read, snaring the reader from page one as we meet Odelle; a young girl from Trinidad, who arrived in London a few years previously and works as a shop ...more

  • Aditi

    “Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.”

    ----Pablo Picasso

    Jessie Burton, an English author, has penned a deeply moving and intoxicating historical fiction novel, The Muse that narrates the story of two women separated by a timeline of almost thirty years, where the one is an aspiring Trinidadian woman who finds work as a typist in art gallery of London whose odd boss encourages and explores her talent in writing stories and one day, a mysterious painting lands up in that gallery
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  • Bettie☯

    BABT

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07j47q2

    Description: When on a summer's day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the steps of the Skelton gallery in London to take up a position as typist, she little realises how significantly her life is about to change. For there she meets the glamorous and enigmatic Marjorie Quick, who soon takes Odelle into her confidence and encourages her to pursue her dream of writing. But Odelle senses there is something that Quick is holding back, and when 'Rufina and the
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