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The Memory of Scent by [Burkitt, Lisa]
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"Reminiscent, in its beautifully evocative atmosphere, of Tracy Chevalier and Susan Vreeland, "The Memory of Scent" rings with historical authenticity." --"Examiner"."..darkly evocative novel--sometimes eerie, always richly textured and finely imagined." and ."..pleasure to read." --"Story Matters "

About the Author

Lisa Burkitt is an award-winning radio producer, who has written across a wide variety of formats, including film and short story. Her short story 'A Pinch of Tarragon' was chosen for inclusion in the international 'Best Paris Stories' anthology, being launched in Paris in May 2012.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (30 Nov. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WSNOKG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #531,482 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
I had the privilege of attending the book launch in the beautiful Rathmullen House Hotel of Lisa Burkitts'
novel `The Memory of Scent'. The Memory of Scent

I will admit it took me a chapter or two to get into the story but I am glad I persisted in reading what unfolded into a beautifully written story which made use of our senses to transport us into the lives of these French Models and the artists of the time.
It is set in a specific time with a very specific backdrop but you do not need to have an interest in that to enjoy the tale. In fact I was so engrossed in the story that it is only every now and then a description of the streets would yank me right back into Paris of 1883.
I loved this book and because of the way Ms Burkitt has written about their lives I found myself caring enough about the characters, especially Suzanne Valadon, to google them and view their works (not a subject I am normally interested in).
I am afraid I can tell you very little else without spoiling the plot but I truly doubt you will be disappointed when
you read 'The Memory of Scent'
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Set against the backdrop of Paris in 1883 this story is a wonderful mix of friendship, art, love and trauma. It starts off as a bit of a murder mystery as 2 French models discover the artist they posed for is found dead. The story follows the lives of Fleur and Babette and shows how the artists death has consequences for them both as their lives spiral out of control. I loved the fabulous descriptions of Paris in this era, and felt transported into smokey cafes where artistic people came to drink,eat,write and talk. But there is a darkness throughout the book as issues such as sexual abuse, prostitution, poverty and mental illness are tackled.This book opens up to us how artists at the time may have lived and shows us the wonders of Paris and the Montmartre in all its glory. It made me want to go and wander around an art gallery and appreciate the hardship and yet colourful life these people led. A wonderfully addictive read
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This immediately engaging tale draws the reader into the fascinating secret world of young working class French women as they attempt to navigate the often treacherous path left them by narrow and unyielding cultural expectations. Difficult though it may be, their world is also laced with the best life has to offer--from art and architecture to music and gourmet delights--and the contrast between those hallmarks of wealth and the main characters' dire circumstances makes Fleur, Babette, and Maria's will to succeed all the more compelling. Their voices are strong, moving, and often laugh-out-loud funny as Burkitt seems to channel their essence straight from the 1800s. The twist at the end will make you want to read it all over again!
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Paris in the 1880's was a decadent place to be filled with elegance, art, passion, and wonderful food. Author, Lisa Burkitt, writes a novel about the great impressionist artists of the time - Renois, Monet, Degas, and the famous Toulouse Lautrec.

At the heart of the story are two women. Fleur and Babette who are models for Toulouse Latrec. The paths of their lives take drastic turns as one falls into poverty and prostitution and the other flirts in the elegant salons of artists and society.

This is an intriguing story of contrasts, rich and poor, fortunate and unfortunate, love and hate, friendship and enmity. There is a murder mystery as well as madness, decadence, and illicit sexual trauma. Most of all, the novels truly brings to life the rich period with its cafes, artists, social encounters, and descriptions. A rich, multi-layered story indeed!
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Enjoyed the way this novel was written with each girl having alternate chapters. an easy read with some lovely references to the creative artists of the period and snap-shots of Parisienne life at that time. I sometimes felt that I could smell the cuisine that was being described.
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