The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. #2020

The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. By Carole DeSanti The Unruly Passions of Eug nie R As fiercely depicted as the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec Stephanie Cowell author of Claude and Camille Love and war converge in this lush epic story of a young woman s coming of age during and afte
  • Title: The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R.
  • Author: Carole DeSanti
  • ISBN: 9780547553092
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. By Carole DeSanti As fiercely depicted as the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille Love and war converge in this lush, epic story of a young woman s coming of age during and after France s Second Empire 1860 1871 , an era that was absinthe soaked, fueled by railway money and prostitution, and transformed by cataclysmic social upheaval Eug nie R As fiercely depicted as the paintings of Toulouse Lautrec Stephanie Cowell, author of Claude and Camille Love and war converge in this lush, epic story of a young woman s coming of age during and after France s Second Empire 1860 1871 , an era that was absinthe soaked, fueled by railway money and prostitution, and transformed by cataclysmic social upheaval Eug nie R born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eug nie spends the next ten years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary Then, as the gates of the city close on the eve of the Siege of Paris, Eug nie comes face to face with her past Drawn into a net of desire and need, promises and lies, she must make a choice and find her way to a life that she can call her own Eug nie R s story drops us into the dark velvety centers of sex, sin, and political intrigue, and takes us along on her own instinctive journey to modern womanhood Lynn Hunt, Eugen Weber Professor of Modern European History, UCLA This astonishing debut is a panoramic story of war and peace, love and betrayal, innocence and hard won wisdom Lauren Belfer, author of A Fierce Radiance
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      Carole DeSanti is a longtime book editor and champion of new voices in fiction Her work has appeared in The New York Times and the Women s Review of Books.


    1. This book is a nugget of good story, wrapped in several layers of unnecessary description In the end, the story becomes both dry and bogged down, which is too bad, because I really enjoyed the concept.I guess I also expected that Eugenie s passions would be a little , I don t know, unruly While there is no doubt that her passions and poor judgement are the start of the book, most of it feels like she is coping with circumstances She even becomes a generally respectable person in her world rather [...]

    2. I have started this book and put it down several times, and this time it s being put down for good Literary fiction and I just don t get along, and I m going to make a great effort never to touch it again Too many pretty words and long descriptions signifying nothing YMMV As far as I read, the book begins around 1860 in Paris Eugenie R was a goose girl who came to Paris I really don t understand the circumstances of how she got there , falls on bad times and ends up in a house of prostitution Ya [...]

    3. Carole Desanti colors the pages of this drawn out French period novel with mountains of purple majesty The dreaded purple prose, flowery and full of poetic nostalgia, much like Hemingway, works to romanticise the time period, which is muddied by sin and war The premise of the book has all the makings, but suffocates any tension with gruelingly prolonged descriptions Instead of building the scene, I felt this approach drained any footing gained by forcing the reader into a poetic, meandering tira [...]

    4. I didn t know what to expect with this book The bare bones summary is Eugenie is abandoned by her lover in Paris Once she realizes this, she does what she has to to survive She soon realizes she s pregnant and eventually has to give the baby up, determined to get her back again Along the road of survival, she meets many interesting and revolutionary people, friends, lovers, etc.The book was told in the first person, which doesn t always work It almost didn t work here, but once the story got goi [...]

    5. I m not quite sure what to say about this book There were chapters that I loved, chapters that I skimmed, chapters that I hated, and chapters that made no sense In fact, much of the book made no sense to me It is beautifully written as to prose style It certainly creates the period in which it takes place Its plot is buried like a dog s bone in a closely planted garden difficult to spot and even difficult to dig up without harming the plants around it I read to the end to find out what happens [...]

    6. In this grand repas of a novel, the author, and therefore her readers, inhabits the heart and mind of a woman who, like most, wants romantic love, wants a child, and wants the freedom to live a productive life But unlike most, Eugenie R savors and endures the chaotic place and times that are her lot with absolute subtlety and insight Seldom have I read a book this intelligent and artful I read it at bedtime, and soon I was turning back the covers an hour earlier than usual and turning out the li [...]

    7. I listened to this on an MP3CD, read by the incomparable Kate Reading It was a joy to listen to her beautiful Parisian French accent made me want to pull out my old school French texts and brush up The story is lush but over long, I think It s an eye opening look at the few, difficult options open to women in 19th century Paris, and a woman s eye view of the Franco Prussian War, about which I knew absolutely nothing Interesting, but a VERY leisurely read.At novel s end I concluded that I enjoyed [...]

    8. This was not an easy book to read The style is almost stream of conciousness and at times very difficult to follow Much of the time it goes on and on about observances that have seemingly little to do with the actual plot line.We often hear about the ladies and fine gentlemen of history, but little of the people who had to struggle just to eat or stay alive Eugenie s story holds great promise even though it s sad and somewhat tragic Unfortunately though, for me, this book was just frustrating to [...]

    9. Actual rating is closer to 2.5 starsSomewhere during the course of this book I stopped reading for pleasure, stopped reading as an enjoyable pastime but began reading for the sheer determination of finishing what I d started That s not to say the book was entirely bad On the contrary, it had great bones The story wrapped up in overly descriptive and run on language was very interesting It was the cutting through them that was tedious and mind numbing I ll also say if you have not had some higher [...]

    10. Let me start by saying that I had a hard time writing this review for this story There is so much that I want to say, yet I m having trouble finding the words for it If you enjoyed Memoirs of a Geisha or Great Expectations you will probably enjoy this book as well.Desanti s The Unruly Passions of Eugenie R is a story of a girl being a woman, her fall from graces, loss of innocence, and naivety of the world Born to a respectable family in a provincial French town, she is raised to always be a goo [...]

    11. I am haunted by this extraordinary historical novel I ve told everyone I know to read it, and I ve given many copies as gifts The detail in the depiction of characters is lush The story of Eugenie is so compelling I had to allocate reading the novel to post 10 pm or I would have skipped work to read it all day, night, day till I reached the end It is politically important without clobbering readers over the head The setting and characters are so vivid I wonder if the author was in a trance when [...]

    12. DeSanti s debut is fairly kick ass Why The atmosphere it left me with remains potent and haunting This novel is packed with sensory and observational detail, not failing in that aspect once through the lengthy readt remains so strongly cohesive that it reads like an actual memoir I am a proponent of reincarnation, and the Paris I know I have known before was within reach through this book Heartbreaking, horrifying, sensual, and human A wonderful account of a woman s rather tumultous journey thro [...]

    13. This is about a young woman who lived in Paris during the tumultuous mid 1800s It was a time when women had few choices, and men held all the power She makes her way through a life of prostitution and has a child she leaves at a convent, which is her greatest sorrow Through her wits and her talents, Eugenie slowly makes a better life, and searches for her little girl But it is the wonderful writing, the well drawn characters, and the powerful sense of time and place that the author draws that I [...]

    14. Historical fiction at its finest This is a fabulous exploration of a woman finding ways to empower herself in the most dire of unfortunate circumstances Not only did I learn the history of a period from a woman s perspective, but I also felt viscerally how we ve had to trade our flesh at times just to survive Eugeny R is the quintessential survivor, true to herself, and full of passion and wit The writing is flawless I find myself wanting to travel to Paris and retrace her footsteps, and drink a [...]

    15. Here s the thing Eugenie s passions aren t all that unruly Basically, she falls in love with an ass who takes advantage of her and leaves her pregnant and destitute in Paris where she is forced into a horrid life of prostitution So rather than being a story of passion, it s a story of an unhappy woman coping with the consequences of her na vet and bad taste in men Somewhat interesting to read about life in Paris during this time of political upheaval, but overall a forgettable story.

    16. I loved this book I really felt drawn back to an era with a big divide between the rich and royal set and the common people A well told story depicting the less savory side of life and the people who go on living their lives and finding their passion for living even in the middle of it all.

    17. Eugenie R was raised in the countryside of France on a farm that produces fois gras When a handsome and titled man professes his love for her she flees to Paris on the promise that he will soon follow When he does not show up at their meeting place Eugenie finds herself left to her own devices and quickly trapped in the underbelly of Parisian society Through Eugenie s eyes we witness Paris in the mid 1800 s, the artists, the bordellos, the politics and the scandals, but most importantly the trea [...]

    18. I like reading stories set in times that we only get a quick summary of in history class at least here in the US This one is set in France during one of the wars between France and Prussia, told from the point of view of a registered prostitute inscrit who finds a way to survive A great look at a female perspective on war, and how isolating a city can be, even with millions of people living there The discussion of what the women, the poorest of the poor went through to get fed everyday, to make [...]

    19. Average historical fiction novel set during France s second Empire and the Franco Prussian War Eugenie is a young woman who after falling in love with the wrong man and becoming pregnant travels from her small country town to Paris where she variously works as an artist model, a prostitute and a secretary procurer for a brothel The language is lush and very descriptive and I learned a lot about Paris during the time period I didn t know that prostitution was legal and highly controlled by the go [...]

    20. The story was convoluted by the over use of flowery prose, which leaves the reader feeling distracted and bored I was so focused on the descriptions and language that I found myself having to go back and re read chapters or passages to make sure I had a full grasp of what was going on The prose was elegant and beautiful but it just took up too much of the story Overall this story was just meah for me and that is heartbreaking because the cover is beautiful and stunning in a way that the novel ju [...]

    21. Today I gave up reading this book after 169 pages I thought I would enjoy reading this historical fiction about the Second Empire in France Very little was historical one could not tell what time period the Eugenie was living in Eugenie leaves her hometown with her lover they live an empassioned life for a few months and then Stephan sends her to Paris with the promise that he will join her Of course he does not, the money runs out and Eugenie becomes the model for an artist and then he leaves a [...]

    22. I won this book on a Giveaway, and was thrilled to get it The book is a beautiful and engrossing journey following Eugenie, a French young woman who is inadvertently thrown into the rough streets of Paris The book was hard to get tied to at first, with very heavily written descriptions and thick French language references thankfully there are glossaries in the back for those of us that took Spanish instead Once Eugenie has found her comfort in her unfortunate role in life, the books pace is enjo [...]

    23. Left me than a little sad We all love tragic stories that turn good However, sometimes as we all know, things don t turn up roses But something left me wanting something in this book I finished it, but it isn t one that is on my mind for days later, wondering about the characters, for the right reason I just have this nagging feeling that I didn t get something from the book for a conclusion.None of the characters connected with me Eug nie, Odette, Stephan or Jolie Not one Which makes me inten [...]

    24. A very complicated historical novel about the changing role of women during the time of the Franco Prussian War Eugenie, duped in love, pregnant, goes to Paris to find her lover Life gets tangled from there, her daughter is placed in an orphanage and she spends a life time trying to find her while she survives the turbulent times In some parts it reads like poetry, in other parts like history, and, still yet, parts are confusing I think DeSanti tried to put too much into one novel However if you [...]

    25. I struggled and struggled and made it through 80% of this novel, then out of frustration stopped to read the reviews Turns out it wasn t just me I join in the many readers who really tried to understand this book, but found it vague, confusing, unnecessarily flowery, and disappointing I was really starting to wonder about my reading comprehension when I kept thinking, what when did he reappear where is she what just happened I would back track and try to put the pieces together, unsuccessfully L [...]

    26. I spent about 3 weeks trying to read and love this book The premise was great, the setting was great, but I just could not read this book The author is gifted with words, but perhaps not with the arranging thereof some people can write vast, complex, twisting trains of thought and have them work and work deliciously, but in order to do that, you need to actually CONNECT them Having little reveries, little disconnected wanderings through pretty prose took away from the story, and I got about half [...]

    27. Great title Great cover Not a good book.I hated the writing The sentence fragments Especially.The book was also horribly overwritten Or should I say that the tome was filled, brimming with excessively verbose passages, and a surfeit of simile and mountainous metaphor The plot is vague until the end when it becomes stupid It is either the worst history book ever or the worst novel ever, or both This is a book that made me miss Forever Amber , because at least that made sense.

    28. I guess I will have to give the author full credit for creating a vivid picture of Paris during the 1860s and during the Siege and Commune of 1870 The details provided have the ability to transport the reader back to an earlier era However, I felt the description also obscured the plot to a degree Eugenie s story seemed as much about the taste and texture of her times as it was about progressing the plot This is clearly a tale for those who like description over plot, particularly since the endi [...]

    29. The historical background was interesting, and the author succeeded in painting a vivid picture of the era, the environment, tastes and sounds But the story seemed to keep running off the rails because of the overuse of too much intricate detail The story gained momentum in the last 3rd of the book, but I found the end very unsatisfying as there didn t seem to be a real resolution for Eugenie trying to avoid spoilers The audio narration by Kate Reading was excellent, however, and helped a great [...]

    30. 19th century Paris, France during the time of Louis Napoleon and the Second Empire A young woman searching for her lover arrives in Paris and takes us into bright hotels, dark alleys, artist studios and into battle with the Prussians I will say that the author really captured the essence and atmosphere of this time period I must admit though that I was engaged for about 3 4 of the book but then felt impatient to get it over with But I did then like the ending and wonder if there is perhaps a seq [...]

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