Paris Opera - the dark side,
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This review is from: The Painted Girls (Hardcover)
I loved this novel, set in the Paris of Degas. It tells the story of three sisters, one of whom becomes the model for Degas' Little Dancer Aged Fourteen.
At times it reads like Balzac but Buchanan gets inside the heads of these three girls and creates an inner monologue that is convincing and often moving.
This is a sordid tales of poverty, desperation, prostitution and exploitation as three young dancers struggle for fame and recognition.
Although it has strong biographical elements ist is essentially fiction and powerful fiction at that. Buy it!