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The Kings Cavalier. Samuel Shellabarger. Ward of the Sun King. Mildred Allen Butler. The story of Anne, a young countess and talented pianist, who meets Franz Liszt and gets swooned by him as many other women, is interesti I was looking forward to this book for two reasons: Franz Liszt and the time period — set against cholera-ravaged Paris. The story of Anne, a young countess and talented pianist, who meets Franz Liszt and gets swooned by him as many other women, is interesting.
However, the prose is the problem. It is simple with step by step descriptions. Sep 25, Hannah Hoyt rated it it was amazing. There is in fact a Liszt's kiss in this book, which is entirely the reason I read it. I never liked Countess d'Agoult and after reading this book I still don't like her. Sorry Marie. The actual plot was engaging, there was a mystery in it and I found myself curious to what the next chapter would bring.
Five stars for Liszt kissing scene. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Feb 06, Kane Cazares rated it liked it. This book chose third person point of view but first person multiple point of view would have made the story stronger. It has a slow start but the descriptions of the cholera outbreak in Paris and the differences between the upper and lower classes are very well written. The book stays true to most of its historical information and how life was like for people in France in It was upsetting to keep track of all the relationships and love triangles especially between Anne and Armand, Pierre, This book chose third person point of view but first person multiple point of view would have made the story stronger.
It was upsetting to keep track of all the relationships and love triangles especially between Anne and Armand, Pierre, and Franz Liszt. I am happy that all the misunderstandings were cleared up in the end, though. Marie finally learns that Franz did not have feelings for Anne and in a satisfying ending the two make up. The adventures of Anne at the end of the story and the marquis's suspicious acts make the plot much more exciting and finish the book with a surprising ending.
My reading notes on the themes and vocabulary of the book help make the story more understandable but spoiler warning as some of these notes are short chapter summaries. Jul 20, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: waste-of-oxygen , historical-fiction , belle-epoque-paris. This novel starts slow and boring but eventually picks up. I do wish this novel actually had been about Liszt, or more importantly about his affair with Countess Marie d'Agoult.
Instead I was subjected to the love and financial woes of the fictional Mary-Sue Countess Anne de blahblah who annoyed me greatly. Liszt came off as a womanizing pansy and I never got to know Marie's character since both historical f This novel starts slow and boring but eventually picks up. Liszt came off as a womanizing pansy and I never got to know Marie's character since both historical figures were forced to take a backseat. Anyways, apparently the real Countess Marie d'Agoult wrote a fictionalized take on she and Liszt's relationship, titled "Nelida" which I shall be checking out next.
Mar 12, Breeana rated it liked it. This was a semi-interesting novel, in my opinion. After reading about one quarter of the book, I skipped to the end to find out what happened only because it seemed to get a little slow, or just vaguely boring. Some parts were more interesting than others, and sometimes I had to force myself to keep reading, just to say I finished it I often start books and don't always finish them.
The timeframe and place of this story takes place during an awful epidemic of cholera. How thankful I am for mode This was a semi-interesting novel, in my opinion.
How thankful I am for modern medicine and that I have not witnessed hundreds and thousands of deaths due to one, awful plague! I'm also grateful I don't live in a day of arranging marriages. Good heavens. Jan 26, Lela rated it it was ok Shelves: 19th-century. You know how the formula of Three's Company was composed solely on misunderstandings that could easily had been resolved by simply talking to one another? Set that in cholera-stricken 19th century France and lose all the comedy, you have Liszt's Kiss.
The female characters are annoyingly desperate and whiney while the male characters are oblivious, unnecessarily ambiguous, and at times unreasonably foolish. I just couldn't really bring myself to care what happened to any of them. The ending was con You know how the formula of Three's Company was composed solely on misunderstandings that could easily had been resolved by simply talking to one another?
The ending was contrite and so rushed together, it reminded me of a farce. Spare your time, pass this over. I absolutely loved reading this book. It was the perfect mix of everything - 19th century Paris, classical music, romance, and intrigue. It was very well written -- in fact, this is the 2nd book I have read by this author. My husband jokes that she's writing these books just for me, since the subject matter is so perfect. As always, I loved reading about the interactions between the artists and composers living in Paris during that time.
If you have any interest in the arts scene in Paris during I absolutely loved reading this book. If you have any interest in the arts scene in Paris during the Romantic era, I highly recommend this book to you! You will not be disappointed. Feb 19, Kate Lawrence rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction.
February is a good time to read something deliciously romantic, and this was my choice this year. It has more depth than just a romance, though; I learned quite a bit about Franz Liszt, his love Marie D'Agoult also a historical character , and a little of what it might have been like to live in the Paris of their young adulthood. The author's knowledge of classical piano music was a bonus. I liked the fictional main character, and thoroughly enjoyed finding out how the various secrets and intri February is a good time to read something deliciously romantic, and this was my choice this year.
I liked the fictional main character, and thoroughly enjoyed finding out how the various secrets and intrigues of the story would work out. I think it's ironic that everyone hates THIS book by this author, when there are other books she's written that are far more deserving of that hate. I liked this book!
Not only does it take place during a pandemic, which is a topic that's barely explored in fiction, but it's a cholera epidemic! My favorite disease! My only qualm was that it takes place in France, which isn't a very fascinating place after you've read about a billion books about it. Jul 06, Cathy Caldwell rated it really liked it. This second novel by Susanne Dunlap is much improved over her debut novel, "Emilie's Voice". So many twists and turns, my interest was kept the whole story through. My one criticism was the French phrases that sent me searching for translations.
Perhaps they are obvious phrases to Ms. Dunlap, but I felt a little lost. Luckily she stopped the phrases as the story got exciting. Overall, I enjoyed this book. Dec 02, Alisha rated it liked it. This book was better than I thought. I had a hard time putting it down. It was historically interesting, with characters like Liszt, Chopin and Delacroix from history tied into an interesting fictional story line. Apr 08, Bambi rated it it was ok. This book had the potential to be really interesting, but given the fact that the author couldn't decide which "voice" to tell the story from and had a very unsatisfying ending, I couldn't really enjoy the book as much as I might have.
It did make me want to read more about Liszt, but I think I'll look for a well-written non-fiction piece on him next time Sep 09, Clara rated it liked it. Sep 22, Casey rated it liked it. It was hard for me to get through this one, probably because of the writing. It was written to have a lyrical sound to it, so I ended up confused sometimes.
Good book. It did take a while for it to move along, but I enjoyed it. May 14, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: awww. Okay, so my sister recommended this book for our AWWW trip, and from the sound and the cover, I was like And then started reading it. It grabbed me from page one! Jul 25, Briley rated it liked it.
I don't really know how much of this book is actually true in regards with Listz's life, but even if it was not true I still liked the book very much. I can't say that it changed my life, but i enjoyed it very much. Mar 25, Katiebee rated it really liked it. Apr 27, Laura Ungureanu rated it it was ok. The main character was annoying and the whole book was too much of a soap opera for me. Sep 02, Danesa rated it it was amazing. This book all about intrigue and little scandal during 17th century France. May 16, Candace rated it it was ok Shelves: books.
I could not get into this book. It should have been an easy read but the storyline felt a little slow. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed. Young Adult.
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