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  • Title: The Last Nude
  • Author: Ellis Avery
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  • Page: 221
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  • As erotic and powerful as the paintings that inspired it Emma Donoghue, author of RoomParis, 1927 In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco As erotic and powerful as the paintings that inspired it Emma Donoghue, author of RoomParis, 1927 In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara s most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished and coveted works of art A season as the painter s muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history s darkening tide.Inspired by real events in de Lempicka s history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination Ellis Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives Spellbinding and provocative, this is a novel about genius and craft, love and desire, regret and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.
    The Last Nude As erotic and powerful as the paintings that inspired it Emma Donoghue author of RoomParis In the heady years before the crash financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel while expatriates fl

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    1. When is a muse an inspiration and when is she a plaything The distinction is hazy in Ellis Avery s The Last Nude.1927 Paris, Rafaela only wants a hundred francs to buy a black dress so she can take over her flat mate s department store job In danger of falling into prostitution, she meets Tamara De Lempicka, painter of exotic, sexy Art Deco, and poses for several paintings.Although outside the parameters of what I usually read, this period piece is well written and sensual The writer skillfully [...]

    2. I haven t given five stars to a book in a long time, so that s something This was such a beautiful book to read I loved the subtle, smooth writing style, the descriptions of everyday objects and happenings, the way the characters eyes opened in different waysI loved all of it I even loved the switch of perspective at the end which, judging from many reviews, most people did not like or were uncomfortable with where we enter the mind of the person in the story whom we most come to revile I love w [...]

    3. Historical fiction is, essentially, literary fan fiction It s the literary part that gives it cred than Friday Night Lights superfans hanging out on a bulletin board dreamily considering what if Julie Taylor came out of the bathroom wrapped in a towel, her lips flushed and red, her skin dewy, and found Tim Riggins, primed, and sweating Red Stripe from his pores into her duvet But at it s core it is still fan fiction, with a high percentage of words spelled correctly and void of emoticons and po [...]

    4. With razor sharp prose and an unapologetic lack of sentimentality, THE LAST NUDE depicts a pivotal time in 1920s Paris, during the life of the acclaimed Art Deco painter, Tamara Lempicka, and her tumultuous affair with an American born teenage muse, Rafaela, immortalized in Lempicka s work, La Bella Rafaela Told almost entirely in Rafaela s jaded yet inherently naive voice, we enter the linseed scented studio and hedonistic lifestyle of the enigmatic Tamara, whose bisexuality and obscure past le [...]

    5. I ve read many artistic historical fiction novels, but this is the first I ve read from a female artist perspective And it s an artist with whom I am not at all familiar.I was set on giving this book a 3.5 4 stars and then Part 2 hit I hated Part 2 audio version It may have physically read better Also I didn t have any notes to tell me how much of the plot was based upon fact.

    6. Undoubtedly, this was a very distinguishable read As in strikingly unique and beautiful Ellis Avery manages to combine two of my favorite types of prose the lyrical one and the visceral one Clearly, the result is explosive Paragraphs with incredible intimist sentences and at the same time, direct, dried and raw conversations quite a dangerous combination But it can be wonderful.In part I which takes almost 80% of the story , the narrative is from Rafaela s point of view She s a 17 year old ameri [...]

    7. I received an advance copy of this novel from the VINE Program for which I am a reviewer The writing style of Ellis Avery is glorious beyond belief It s as if a truly gifted writer sought and succeeded in conveying in the brush strokes of her words the experience of the master portrait painter with her canvas The brush strokes of the syntax are inspired and lucious and rich with well mixed colors The intriguing storyline is masterfully crafted with a magnificent interplay of light and darkness i [...]

    8. This book was divided in to two parts.e first 80% was told from the viewpoint of Rafaela, a 17 year old runaway who has been prostituting herself to unattractive, wealthy men to get by in 1920 s Paris She meets female painter Tamara, who offers her money to pose nude They begin a sexual relationship, which Rafaela believes is a love affairever, she finds out that Tamara has been cruelly plotting behind her back to win the affections of a Baron and become his wife They have a telling, dramatic fi [...]

    9. I gave myself a personal challenge this year and that was to read a new release each month This was my first read in the challenge.I didn t know anything about the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka before reading this book One of the things I like about historical fiction is that it gives me the opportunity to learn about historical people and events This book tells the story of the relationship between Tamara de Lempinski and her model, Rafaela Fano The first part of the book is narrated by R [...]

    10. I don t knowI just didn t like it all that much I paint myself, and really I just copy stuff that I like and I m pretty good at it I ve done several Lempika s, Saint Morritz, and Spring, another one or two I love Lempika s work, I just don t like her I read the biography Kizette wrote about her years ago, so I already knew a fair amount about her It s hard to know what s real and what s not in this book I would be interested in knowing about Raphaela, but I d like to know what s real and what is [...]

    11. A fascinating book about an intriguing premise the love affair between Tamara de Lempicka and her model Tamara de Lempicka was a painter most famous in the twenties where her severe, cubist work caught the imagination of the French with its Art Deco allure Lempicka painted a mysterious woman named Rafaela and the back story that the writer invents for this muse is interesting, but lacks plausibility Rafaela is a girl from New York City being sent to Italy for an arranged marriage She makes it to [...]

    12. I confess that prior to this novel, I had not heard of the Polish art deco artist, Tamta de Lempicka I do know about and enjoy details of the Lost Generation Midnight in Paris acquainted many people with some of these characters in Paris Avery s novel tells some of the painter s story, letting us meet Tamara through the eyes of seventeen year old Rafaela Fano, who became muse and model for de Lempicka.I went back and forth between de Lempicka s paintings online and the book that imagined how eac [...]

    13. How wonderful to find a historical novel with a main bi character who is not the villain of the piece, but rather one of its moral centers In The Last Nude, Ellis Avery recreates the lives of Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish painter in 1920s Paris, and her model and lover Rafaela Fano She also takes us on a tour of the female queer demimonde of the place and time, with cameos by famous literary and art world figures Erotic as well as imaginative, this book made me put Avery s other two books, The Sm [...]

    14. Paris in the 1920s was a glittering refuge for expatriate artists, hedonists, the sexually unconventional, exiles and runaways of all sorts Its soundtrack was le jazz hot The author of this novel, who teaches fiction writing at Columbia University in New York, has brought this milieu back to life in words that seem as carefully chosen as a palette of colours.The last nude of the title is a copy of one of the six paintings of beautiful Rafaela made in the 1920s by an actual painter, Tamara de Lem [...]

    15. This did start out good but it wasn t that interesting to me and the characters fell flat in my opinion It was a little bit too much romance novel for my taste I am moving on to something else I just can t seem to get into this one I can t win them all This one just isn t for me Did not finish One star nope, didn t like it Back to the library with this one.

    16. I ll never look at a painting of a person, especially a nude, in the same way again or rather, I ll look at a painting fully Who is that model If she was the wife or lover of the painter, was she happy Was she forced into that position Both physically and metaphorically We think of the models as providing mere content for the painting Look at how the fabric folds, or how the shadows play across the nude form It s not a form, it s a human being, with a life and aspirations and heartache all her [...]

    17. I loved this book And in that way when I m totally smitten, I m not even sure I can compose complete sentences explaining why I loved this book so In short the writing is gorgeous, the romance sensual and sexy, and the characters sketched quickly but warmly despite their flaws First, the setting I m mad for Paris in the late 20s and I love the circle of artists the novel focuses on Avery creates the ambiance without bogging down the story in details There s a mix of hard scrabble poverty and exc [...]

    18. When I think of Tamara de Lempicka s paintings Portrait of Ira P, 1930 or Self Portrait in Green Bugatti , I m mindful of the similar sheen of cloth and metal The catchlight in pupils gleams a little too hard to be warm or altogether human And La Belle Rafaela, 1927, the image that figures so significantly in Ellis Avery s The Last Nude seems a portrait of an alien, nippless being, illumed by internal incandescence that might be translated as emotion In Avery s fiction, the model and narrator fo [...]

    19. This book is one of those historical fiction pieces about one particular writer artist etc, in this case the artist Tamara de Lempicka One of my coworkers warned me that it was bordering on lesbian erotica, but I didn t think it was too racy Maybe I m just jaded as far as raciness goes Who knows, but in any case, this book was a quick read about an artist I knew nothing about Also good to know being set in 1930s Paris, this novel was riddled with expat references Sylvia Barnes, Djuna Barnes, and [...]

    20. I wanted to enjoy this as it I liked the premise and it had some nice writing However I didn t care much for the characters and I found myself putting it down and not in a hurry to pick it back up again.

    21. I picked up Ellis Avery s latest novel The Last Nude after reading Danika s glowing review of it on the lesbrary earlier this year It s not every author who can claim your lifelong allegiance after you ve read only one of her works, but I agree with Danika that Avery is one of these writers and that reading The Last Nude is enough to convince you This historical novel, set in Paris in the decadent 1920s period between the two world wars, is an easy book to love and sink into From the first unass [...]

    22. 100% Guilty PleasureThis was essentially a badly written fanfic about Tamara De Lempicka and her muse, La Belle Rafaela It probably deserves a 1 star rating but its getting an extra star purely because it was the perfect cure for the PMS blues and I am a sucker for anything to do with De Lempicka.

    23. The Last Nude by Ellis Avery is a fascinating book about the painter Tamara de Lempicka Taking place primarily in Paris during 1927, Tamara picks up Rafaela Fano in her car and begins to use her as a model Prior to modeling for Tamara, 17 year old Rafaela was prostituting herself and living hand to mouth A very sensuous and loving relationship develops However, it does not pan out as Rafaela would hope Tamara has reasons to want money and prestige, things that do not come with Rafaela Rafaela is [...]

    24. The Last Nude is a beautiful novel that reads fast, but does not lack in quality Most of the novel is set in 1927 Paris told from the point of view of Rafaela Fano, an 17 year old Italian American While it was written in the first person, it sometimes felt like third person because Rafaela wasn t a reliable narrator She chooses what she does and does not see and convinces herself of things that are not true In 1927 Rafaela meets painter Tamara de Lempicka and agrees to pose for her She inspires [...]

    25. In the golden age of 1920 s Paris, wealth radiates off the streets Gertrude Stein holds lavish salons, the Shakespeare Co bookshop hosts expatriates and aspiring novelists such as James Joyce, and painter Tamara de Lempicka prepares to create her greatest masterpieces.It is this world that the reader, and our main character of Rafaela Fano is thrown into Struggling and desperate, Rafaela a young girl who has recently run away to Paris rather than marry against her will reluctantly agrees to let [...]

    26. A fascinating book I was so intrigued by all of its characters and going ons, that I had to google the Lempicka s complete works and see the paintings mentioned in the novel for myself Tamara Lempicka was a famous artist who began her life as a Pole in Russiater kicked out in the revolution She honed her skills as a a painter in Paris and explored freely with her sexuality Apparently, in this book, anyway any artistic woman in France in 1927 worth her salt was a Lesbian The heroine and Lempicka [...]

    27. At 16, Italian American Rafaela is a ravishing beauty and her stepfather wants her married as soon as possible Rafaela resists the awful plan to marry her off to a cousin in Sicily, and when her much hated step grandmother nearly dies on the steamship crossing to Europe, Rafaela makes her escape Having no money, she exchanges sex for a ticket to Paris The year is 1927 and Paris is full of artists and writers there is no shortage of wealthy men to use for a while but then Rafaela meets Tamara, an [...]

    28. The Last Nude was thrust at me by a coworker It sat on my to read pile for several weeks Shame on me I should have read it immediately The story line was fascitnating if not a little shocking But in Paris in the 1920 s nothing should be off limits My only concern with the book is the use of the French language frequently Since I have little knowledge of French, it was difficult to understand the exact meaning the author was trying to convey After finishing The Last Nude, just for fun, I googled [...]

    29. OK, so clearly I m in the minority here, but is all historical fiction this clumsy The writing was okay, but the dialog was so obviously not of the era as to be distracting There isn t the smallest ort of subtlety in how ex pat notables and various historic references are incorporated into the story OH LOOK, there goes JEAN COCTEAU Hand me some absinthe You guys, the ZIPPER was just invented Something something something abortion And excepting one scene near the beginning, it doesn t even have t [...]

    30. This was a good piece of historical fiction, which captured the feel of the period but didn t just rely on the aesthetic to carry it While I m not sure this is true of all the characters necessarily, Rafaela herself is very well developed and I largely felt like her story line and her decisions made a lot of sense The exploration of her sexuality felt nuanced and honest and was well contextualized within 1920s Paris It s clear that the novel was well researched and the language is very rich, whi [...]

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