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A bit confusing,
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This review is from: The Girl Who Loved Camellias: The Life and Legend of Marie Duplessis (Hardcover)
I got a bit lost here, at times, between the real Alphonsine and her fictional and operatic counterparts. Certainly, Alphonsine's history is opaque at times, fact and fiction -- Alphonsine renames herself Marie -- become intermingled. The author discovered her through her work on Nureyev, and the ballet by Frederick Ashton; and it's clear, given the frequency of phrases like 'a life of vice' and adjectives like 'sleazy' that she doesn't really approve of Marie, as, of course, is her right. Yet, had she been able to tell the unvarnished story of how a poor country girl, sold or 'trafficked' by her father, educated herself, set herself up as a courtesan in Paris with flocks of admirers, then ultimately succumbing to the Captain of the Men of Death, and then related how Marie achieved fame through a novel, a play and an opera, it would have worked much better. And, perhaps, she would have been more sympathetic.