Saturday, September 11, 2010

Claude and Camille Book Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
When I began reading this book, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy it.  I know someone recommended it--I can't even remember who--but I was expecting a mainly fictitious book.

I was so excited  when I discovered that this historical novel was well-researched and almost completely true!  Not only that, the characters in the book seemed to have personality and authenticity.

The author's writing style was superb in this book.  She seemed to truly capture the characters of Claude and Camille.  I actually found myself caring about these individuals.  It was heartbreaking to read at times, but I sometimes had to force myself to put it down so I could go on and do things that needed to be done.

Although I have given other books high rating recently and raved about them,  the level of writing in this book far supersedes the other books.  I think what made this book so good was its historical accuracy.  I appreciated the fact that the sex scenes were downplayed and the issue of profanity was almost nonexistent.  If you enjoy historical novels, I highly recommend this book.  I truly gained an appreciation for Monet in a way I never dreamed I would.


  1. I love history, so I think I would really enjoy this book.

  2. Thanks for the review. When I do have time to read, I like for it to be worthwhile.