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Mad Enchantment

Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies
De : Ross King
Lu par : Joel Richards
Durée : 11 h et 56 min

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We have all seen, whether live, in photographs or on postcards, some of Claude Monet's legendary water lily paintings. They are in museums all over the world and are among the most beloved works of art of the past century. Yet, ironically, these soothing images were created amid terrible personal turmoil and sadness.

The extraordinarily dramatic history behind the creation of these paintings is little-known; Ross King's new audiobook tells that story for the first time and, in the process, presents a compelling and original portrait of one of our most beloved artists.

King tells the full history of the special circumstances in which Monet created the Water Lilies. As World War I exploded within hearing distance of his house at Giverny, he was facing his own personal crucible. In 1911, aged 71, his adored wife, Alice, died, plunging him into deep mourning. A year later he began going blind. Then his eldest son, Jean, fell ill and died of syphilis, and his other son was sent to the front to fight for France.

Within months a violent storm destroyed much of the garden that had been his inspiration for some 20 years. At the same time, his reputation was under attack, as a new generation of artists, led by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, were dazzling the art world and expressing disgust with Impressionism.

Against all this, fighting his own self-doubt, depression, and age, Monet found the wherewithal to construct a massive new studio, 70 feet long and 50 feet high, to accommodate the gigantic canvases that would, he hoped, revive him.

Using letters, memoirs, and other sources not employed by other biographers, and focusing on this remarkable period in the artist's life, Ross King reveals a more complex, more human, more intimate Claude Monet than has ever been portrayed and firmly places his water lily project among the greatest achievements in the history of art.

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  • Stephanie Croquez
  • 23/06/2017

Wonderful book. Awful awful narration.

They must re record this if it to remain an audiobook. The book has a french word or location in every sentence and this narrator destroys the french language. At best he doesn't know any pronunciation but frankly this ruins the book as he even changes the words by his terrible reading. I am telling everyone who would enjoy this to only read it. Do not get the audio. I hope the author hasn't listened to this or he would cringe.

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  • Gary
  • 04/11/2016

Pronunciation

I was appalled and disappointed with the very poor pronunciation of all foreign words ie French names and places Some were indecipherable
Book should be re recorded with a stand in
For all of the French or your reader needs a 5 hour tutorial
Wonderful story excellent angle on monet's
Life with so much political context.
Riveting

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  • Claire
  • 19/05/2017

Good Story, Disappointing Narration

I love this author and I think this book is engagingly written. However, I feel like I am going to have to abandon it half-finished because of how frustrated I am with the narrator. He clearly has no idea how to pronounce French words, to the point that I often have no idea who, what or where he is talking about. Would have been better off with someone just pronouncing things phonetically rather than a mangled distortion. It feels like a bizarre oversight.

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  • Robin B.
  • 15/05/2017

Poor French pronunciations by Richards.

Would you try another book from Ross King and/or Joel Richards?

I would NEVER listen to another book read by Richards. His French mispronunciations were awful and almost ruined the book for me. You should refund everyone who paid for this book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment with the reader, Joel Richards.

Any additional comments?

Refund all of us who paid for this book.

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  • Nathalia
  • 13/09/2019

This book was boring and very poorly read. The French accent of the reader was awful!

This was the most boring and poorly read. There was no emotion and the French accent was the worst!

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  • PC in TN
  • 15/08/2019

Bravo

I’m glad I didn’t pay attention to the complaints about the narrator’s French pronunciation. I thought to myself that since I don’t speak French, I wouldn’t know the difference. In this case ignorance is bliss. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, narration and story!

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  • Awake Tex
  • 31/05/2019

Good book<br />

This book provides an interesting history of Claude Monet's water lily paintings, now in the Musee l'Orangerie, Paris. It also conveys a strong flavor of the history of the period., particularly of France during WWI. I gained both knowledge about Monet the man and a strong appreciation for his artistic dedication and, frankly, his genius.

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  • Adrienne Childs
  • 17/02/2018

Great cultural history of art

I am not finished but I am enjoying the book and the detailed history of this period and Monet. I am an art historian and our literature lacks this kind of context often. But the narrators French accent is terrible. So bad that it distracts. He has a nice voice and good story telling skills. But they should have selected someone who could pronounce the many French words with some fluency.

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  • Katrina Mosher
  • 10/05/2017

Beautiful and sad story. OK performance

I love learning more about Claude Monet, the story is both beautiful and sad. Performance was just OK. A little bit monotone, I found myself drifting off quite easily. However overall, if you are into the time period And the artist you will definitely enjoy this Book.

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  • Luis
  • 08/12/2016

One of the greatest biographical books

Love the story telling skill of the author. Line after line I felt captivated and immersed in the life of the artist even though I possess no artistic inclination whatsoever. It kept me craving for more detail and it kept coming back. Most awesome career and era defining by a single artist. Highly recommend this book.