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Book Title: Mistral's Daughter|
The author of the book: Judith Krantz
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 722 KB
Edition: Corgi Childrens
Date of issue: May 11th 1984
ISBN 13: 9780552123921
Read full description of the books Mistral's Daughter:This novel sweeps fifty years of art and fashion and women.
The story starts with Magali, born a bastard because her father died of smallpox before he could marry her mother. At seventeen she ran away to become a model, became wildly successful thanks to Paula Deslandes, and fell ruthlessly in love with Mistral. But Kate Browning showed up on the scene and Maggy left. She had a daughter with a rich American (married), waited for him to get divorced, but he died before that was possible, and Théodore was born. She grew up ostracized until college, where she played with boys' hearts until she met Mistral.
They fell wildly in love, and had Fauve. Mistral, however, was married to Kate Browning. Even had a daughter, Nadine. And so Fauve was born a bastard as well.
These are the five women connected to Mistral, and though only three of them count, both Kate and Nadine have very vital importance in the narrative. Kate is the reason Maggy leaves, the reason she falls in love with the rich American, and in the end the reason Teddy is born. She is part of the reason that Fauve went to live with her grandmother, and she is the reason for the separation between Fauve and Julien.
And Nadine is a twisted creature, slightly reminescent of Cathy from East of Eden. She'll do anything for status, anything for friends and money and the social life. I can't understand her, but she's one of the people that's necessary in this world. One of her last actions in the book is gruesome, but it provides the catalyst for the last half. And she's grown into something just as cruel as her mother, in a way, only perhaps a bit worse. By the way, if you haven't read East of Eden yet, go and do yourself a favor and pick it up.
Both Kate and her daughter are hateful creatures, but without them, there simply wouldn't be this book. Maggy would not have fallen in love with Perry, and she would not have had Teddy. And if Teddy had not been born, Fauve would not be either. And if Fauve hadn't been chased away by Kate, neither Julien nor Fauve would have grown. And though they're hateful creatures, they have motivations. Motivations that shine out and make them real enough to make one shiver.
I'm not sure which of the Lunel girls I liked the most.
Maggy, who struck out on her own at the age of seventeen and became famous, scandalous, and then famous again? Who started her own business? We know Maggy the longest. We see her grow from seventeen to fifty-something. We see all her life— Mistral, Perry, Darcy. Though she fades out of the spotlight when Teddy and then Fauve come onto the scene, there is still enough of her in it that you don't miss it much. Maggy is steadfast and reliable and you can see her change— not just because Darcy notices, too. I loved her proposal scene.
Teddy I could not respect for a while. A hedonistic lifestyle is never something I could appreciate. Drinking and partying and flirting with boys just didn't make sense. And then she fell in love. In a way we know less about Teddy than any of the other girls, and yet… it's alright. She is ridiculously carefree in a way most people don't ever expect to be, and she's wildly happy up until the very end.
Fauve grows up loved and sheltered and loved. I loved the descriptions of her as a baby, her meetings with her father… and I loved her ball, when she meets 'Roland.' She's quiet, determined, and in a way the character we get to know the most. Though we meet her 3/5ths of the way through, she promptly takes over the rest of the novel and holds it. And she's spellbinding and joyous. I read this book when I was seventeen. Fauve falls in love and becomes an adult at sixteen. And she does it in a way that's more accessible to me than Maggy's growing up (escaping from home) or Teddy's growing up (losing her lifestyle). Fauve becomes grown up by losing her faith in her father.
Mistral I could not understand. I was never as passionate about anything as he is. But the paintings— I would like to see paintings like what his are described as.
Perry is understandable— a bit of an uncle.
Darcy is funny— his meeting with Maggy, his relationship with Maggy and Fauve… he's steadfast.
And Eric? He's a dear. He's exactly, almost, what any girl would want. Except for the architecture, perhaps, but then, if he was not obsessed with architecture parts of the story would never have happened.
It's a beautiful, nuanced book. I love books with nuances and characters and in-depth details about each of them. This is exactly what that book was. At first I was put off by the fact that there are 'three generations of women, all linked to Mistral,' but then I read it and I was engrossed. Entranced. It's definitely worth a read.
Read information about the authorJudith Krantz (born Judith Tarcher), is an American novelist who writes in the romance genre. Her works include Princess Daisy and Till We Meet Again.
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