This novel moves back and forth between the points of view of the famous French artist Auguste Rodin and his lover Camille Claudel. They meet when Rodin becomes Camille’s teacher; she eventually is taken on as his apprentice and as a result they spend hours together working side by side.
The aspects of this book I like the most are the details about art, sculpture and the creative process. One only sees the beautiful finished works of great artists in museums, but what one doesn’t see is the hard work, sacrifice and dedication behind these works. Rodin and Camille are dedicated to their craft to the point where they no time for anything else and alienate other people in their lives. The reason they are drawn together is that no one understands them like they understand each other.
There are a couple of issues that I did have with the book; some of the dialogue became monotonous, especially when Camille was arguing with her mother. There is no affection or love between mother and daughter and they are constantly bickering. Also, I would categorize the book as a light romance and the two lovers spend a lot of time thinking about and longing for each other but not actually together. This is the case especially in the first half of the book which I found to lag more than the second part of the book.
Overall, RODIN’S LOVER is an interesting look at this famous artist and his process and inspiration. Scroll down to the end of the post to win your own copy of the book!
About The Author:
Heather Webb grew up a military brat and naturally became obsessed with travel, culture, and languages. She put her degrees to good use teaching high school French for nearly a decade before turning to full time novel writing and freelance editing. Her debut, BECOMING JOSEPHINE, released January 2014 from Plume/Penguin. Her forthcoming novel, RODIN’S LOVER, will release in winter of 2015.
When not writing, Heather flexes her foodie skills or looks for excuses to head to the other side of the world.
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