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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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  • Bettie☯


    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

  • 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

  • Eman

    This is the first time I read for the author. The book has an attractive cover, but unfortunately the content was underwhelming for my taste. However, art lovers might enjoy it. Despite that I do love art, it still didn't capture my senses. I'll refine this review later and mention the points that I disliked.



    Confession; I'm a shallow person who often falls for looks. I bought The Muse merely because of its cover. I eyed this pretty thing and thought "how gorgeous would i

  • 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

  • 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

  • karen

    proper review now written, following my long anecdotal tale.

    when i was packing up my go-bag to prepare for my recent adventure in back surgery, when there was still a 50/50 chance i would have to stay at least one night in the hospital following the procedure, and remembering the mistakes i made years ago during back surgery #1 when the "you will be staying here for three nights" announcement came as a complete surprise and i told sean of the house to "just grab me a stack from near the bed" and

    Her father always said that of course, women could pick up a paintbrush and paint, but the fact was, they didn't make good artists. Olive had never quite worked out what the difference was…But right now in Paris, Amrita Sher-Gil, Meret Oppenheim and Gabriele Münter were all working - Olive had even seen their pieces with her own eyes. Were they not artists? Was the difference between being a workaday painter and being an artist simply other people believing in you, or spending twice as much money on your work?

    As far as Olive saw it, this connection of masculinity with creativity had been conjured from the air and been enforced, legitimised and monetised by enough people for whom such a state of affairs was convenient - men like her father. Thus, for centuries it had become the status quo. The artist as naturally male was such a widely held presupposition, that Olive, to her shame, had come at times to believe in it herself. As a nineteen-year-old girl, she was on the underside; the dogged, plucky mascot of amateurship. I'm not 'good' enough; I don't have the grit, the vision, the flair, the spine, the spark.

    odelle has a similar observation, listening to the BBC'c Caribbean Voices on the radio as a little girl

    Here's the mad thing: poets from Barbados, Trini, Jamaica, Grenada, Antigua - any part of the British Caribbean - would send their stories all the way to London's Oxford Street, in order to hear them read back again in their homes, thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean. There seemed no local facility to enable these stories to be processed, a fact which impressed upon me at a very young age that in order to be a writer, I would require the motherland's seal of approval, the imperial sanction that my words were broadcastable.

    The majority of the work was by men, but I would listen enraptured by the words and voices of Una Marson, Gladys Lindo, Constance Hollar - and Cynth would pipe up, 'one day you be read out, Delly' - and her little shining face, her bunches, she always made me feel like it was true. Seven years old, and she was the only one who ever told me to keep going. By 1960 that programme had stopped, and I came to England two years later with no idea what to do with my stories.

    it's an excellent book, clearly very well-researched, and if the appeal of the storylines is a little unbalanced, that's probably just my personal preferences talking. it's a little more handled and predictable than The Miniaturist, but her writing is gorgeous enough that it didn't stop me from loving the guts out of it. ...more

  • Morana Mazor

    Nakon Minijaturstice u kojoj ostajemo bez odgovora na kraju knjige, Muza je sasvim fino zaokružena cjelina. Iako se meni više svidjela atmosfera i ideja Minijaturistice i u Muzi nam je Jessi Burton pružila lijepu priču u seoskom ozračju Španjolske.

  • Kyriaki


    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