Line Muse drew me in and kept me nthralled to the last page Bravo Mary I wish writers shared your love of words Michael Bassey Johnson a Nigerian Poet Playwright Novelist Aphorist Satirist caricaturist and a Newspaper columnist uoted remarkably about carnal joy as Once you are defiled you can t get back your purity by any means instead you will only look for ways to be defiled over and over again Mary Novik an Canadian award winning author spun a spectacular tale called Muse tells us the life story of a orphan girl named Solange Le Blanc in the 14th century anti women society in Avignon in FranceSynopsis Solange Le Blanc begins life in the tempestuous streets of 14th century Avignon a city of men dominated by the Pope and his palace When her mother a harlot dies in childbirth Solange is raised by Benedictines who believe she has the gift of clairvoyance Trained as a scribe but troubled by disturbing visions and tempted by a carnal life she March Violets (Bernie Gunther, escapes to Avignon where she becomesntangled in a love triangle with the poet Petrarch becoming not only his muse but also his lover Later when her gift for prophecy catches the Pope s Zoete tranen ear Solange becomes Pope Clement VI s mistress and confidante in the most celebrated court in Europe When the plague kills a third of Avignon s population Solange is accused of sorcery and is forced once again to reinvent herself and fight against a final mortal conspiracy Period 14th century Place Avignon FranceThis was the period when women were destinedither to be an abbess of the church or someone s wife or Water Music everybody s harlotThis was the only place in the world where seven successive popes resided other than RomeThe author Mary Novik who is a truly remarkable auth Muse is a 14th century historical narrative about a clairvoyant woman trying to survive during the RenaissanceThroughout herndeavors she is accused of being a harlot a witch and Revived even a saint but she refuses to give up and fights to survive for the sake of her illegitimate childrenI trulynjoyed this book as it is beautifully written in my opinion I loved the challenging language used and the raw but yet delicate way that all of Solange s perverse ordeals are described Mary Novik really gives an inside perspective of what went on behind the closed doors of the Papacy In FranceI Was in FranceI was able to connect With Solange And Truly Felt Solange and truly felt her during all of her ordeals I cried with her losses and smiled with her victories and ingenuity She is undoubtedly a wonderful mother that would do anything for the sake of her children and surely a true heroin in my opinionThe storyline was just charming and I absolutely loved how it all tied together throughout and Student Research Projects in Calculus especially in thend Those of you that did not finish the book really missed out on the glory of it Mary Novik managed to transport me into the Renaissance and I was not able to put this book down until it was done My only regret is that I would have liked to find out the stories of her children afterwordsAssuredly this is one of the finest pieces of literature I have come across and it is truly a masterpiece of the written word Thank you so much for the opportunity to have read such a magnificent piece of artI received a free ARC copy of this book via Goodreads First Reads I won this book from the first read program and I loved it The writing and STORY WAS ENGAGING AND IN WAS was ngaging and in was into solange s story af This was a goodreads winVery well written throughout and an interesting storyRead and reviewed by my mother as whe was very keen to read In the most celebrated court in Europe When the plague kills a third of Avignon's population Solange is accused of sorcery and is forced once again to reinvent herself and fight against a final mortal conspiracy Muse is a sweeping historical pic that magically vokes the Renaissance capturing a time and place caught between the shadows of the past and the promise of a new cultural awakenin. ,
review Á PDF, Book or Kindle PUB free ☆ Mary NovikThis review and others can be found on Cozy Up With A Good ReadI had this book on my Waiting on Wednesday post a few weeks ago I had just finished reading CONCEIT by Mary Novik and I knew I wanted to read from her Lucky for me I nded up getting this in the mail a little while ago it was a great surprise and I m so happy to be able to feature a review for this book for Canadian Historical Fiction MonthThis book is very different from CONCEIT and yet I loved it just as much if not ven This book
"IS ABOUT SOLANGE S JOURNEY GROWING "about Solange s journey growing with the gift of clairvoyance and all the danger she is in throughout her life Solange moves around a lot but what I love about her is that she does things for herself in a world that is dominated by men Solange is the woman who tries to change things and be her own personThe one thing that I absolutely love about Mary Novik s writing is that she brings her characters to life She also really shows the dark and gritty parts of history I love that she doesn t shy away from making her stories dark Solange has good fortune very so often but much of her life is difficultThe book is intriguing and readers are kept wondering about what Solange will deal with next I definitely loved the love story between Solange and Petrarch and how it grows and changes over time She finds herself in love with this man who continually betrays her Novik writes this love story beautifully and really makes readers feel for Solange yet I also wanted to yell at her many times over as wellI really njoyed how this story is split into different sections depending on where Solange is in her life Solange becomes stronger And She Continually Fights For she continually fights for and what she believes she deserves I believe that this book gives female readers a hero that they can root for Solange picks herself up again and again and continually fightsI think it s great to see writers picking up female figures in historical fiction and bringing them to the forefront often I have fallen in love with Mary Novik s writing style and I hope she doesn t wait as long in between her stories I really njoyed Muse I was with Solange from the opening pages and njoyed all her ups and downs immensely finding her was with Solange from the opening pages and njoyed all her ups and downs immensely finding her both Love Is a Fairy Tale exciting from a modern readers point of view and realistic for the time and setting which is fourteenth century Avignon France The characters and their relationships are very believablespecially the fatal attraction between Solange and Petrarch who writes the most incredible poetry to another woman the famous Laura because of her help Novik hit the right note for me not too modern and not too historical believable yet authentic a really good read from start to finish Mary s writing always bowls me over both in its precision and in its ability to unflinchingly Promise at Dawn expose what is gritty and beautiful Muse is a thrilling page turning read but it s also anxploration on poetry and how historical women seen and unseen shape the careers and lives of the men they love If I were to describe Muse in a single sentence I would say it is about the pleasures of the sensual world and the importance of choosing those pleasures dangerous as such a road might be particularly in an anti female society like 14th Century Avignon In this novel the ntire kingdom of sensuality is personified in the gorgeous wanton figure of Solange Le Blanc who after growing up in a Benedictine nunnery flees to Avignon where she becomes the lover of both Petrarch nabling him to write his love sonnets and of Pope Clement VI Generous Richly ngaging historical adventure in the vein of The Winter Palace and The Malice of Fortune Muse is the story of the charismatic woman who was the inspiration behind Petrarch's sublime love poetry Solange Le Blanc begins life in the tempestuous streets of 14th century Avignon a city of men dominated by the Pope and his palace When her mother a harlot dies in childbirth Solange is raised ,
Nd deeply sexual Solange is able to transition between these two men one s a sex god the other s like your aging grandfather with remarkable sangfroid and ase And there is something so comforting in this so real Solange is a woman of the world and she takes pleasure where she can get it drawing political power to herself along the way How different
is from all the hard bodied sex we ncounter in books like Fifty Shades of Grey or The SECRET how much interesting this isBut the deliciousness of the sensual world also shows up in the details Mary Novik uses to paint her world of 14th Century Avignon The street scenes the various guilds at work on the narrow streets the smells of baking and sewage The scenes in the Benedictine scriptorium where the illuminated manuscripts are created by nuns and where Solange gets her Darkmere early training as a scribe copying Dante s La Vita Nuova are among the most fascinating Novik takes great care to describe the slant of light or lack of it amazing to think how all those illuminated manuscripts were created in dimly lit rooms the feel of the paintbrushes the delight in thexpensive paints made from gold or from iris root It is a tribute to how good these scriptorium scenes are that for or from iris root It is a tribute to how good these scriptorium scenes are that for interest they rivalled the sex scenes with PetrarchUltimately this is a novel about female sexuality and power in a society bent on Et si la maladie n'tait pas un hasard ? erasing and sublimating both There is a wonderful scene mid book where all the wanton women and harlots of the town are rounded up during a ferocious lightning storm Solange among them and sent up to the towers of the many churches to ring the bells in order to draw the lightning to them as punishment and to protect the city Many are struck dead But Solange survives and she goes on to tell her tale which ultimately is a bell ringing for the joys of female desire fullyxpressed Muse is the story of Solange LeBlanc who was a scribe muse and lover of poet Francesco Petrarch It takes place in the 14th century in France when popes lived in Avignon instead of Rome Solange is raised by Benedictine nuns who believe her to be clairvoyant and she is trained to be a scribe an unusual career for a woman of her time She meets Petrarch as a teenager and becomes his scribe later his muse and then mother of his children The story of her life is filled with betrayal and suffering but she is strong and always finds a way to rise above after her many falls Novik says she based her story on this woman whom little is known about other than her being the mother of Petrarch s children but she marvelously fills in the blanks with her descriptions of life in the 1300 s Solange may be a fictional character but her story comes alive on the pagesthis is from all the hard bodied sex we ncounter in books like Fifty Shades of Grey or The SECRET
That is what I love about good historical fiction though the story may be an invention of the author sis what I love about good historical fiction though the story may be an invention of the author s the details of Den of Shadows (Gamblers Den every day life are real and it is obvious Novik did a lot of research to make this time period become real I loved her descriptions of the scriptorium I could almost smell the oak gall and wormwood which was used to make ink Her attention to the details allows the reader to step back in time If you like historical fiction I recommend this book I gave it 5 out of 5 stars Now I want to read Novik s first book titled Conceit which is about 17th century London I read Mary Novik s Muse in manuscript form some time ago and am pleased that the finished product retains the power of language that initially captivated me Too often I have begun novels only to put them down unfinished but line by. Y Benedictines who believe she has the gift of clairvoyance Trained as a scribe but troubled by disturbing visions and tempted by a carnal life shescapes to Avignon where she becomes Scraps Of The Untainted Sky entangled in a love triangle with the poet Petrarch becoming not only his muse but also his lover Later when her gift for prophecy catches the Pope'sar Solange becomes Pope Clement VI's mistress and confidante.