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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'
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!