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Kraljica noći This is a masterfully written book Chee, just, is masterful I loved this novel I loved the density of the prose, and the almost obsessive attention to detail and the intricate plot that never stopped, even when the last line had been written I do think some of the recaps of the various operas was just a bridge too far, like, let s wrap it up, friend These recaps, though full of interesting detail, made the otherwise lively story drag a bit but, I mean, still, this book is masterful Queen o This is a masterfully written book Chee, just, is masterful I loved this novel I loved the density of the prose, and the almost obsessive attention to detail and the intricate plot that never stopped, even when the last line had been written I do think some of the recaps of the various operas was just a bridge too far, like, let s wrap it up, friend These recaps, though full of interesting detail, made the otherwise lively story drag a bit but, I mean, still, this book is masterful Queen of the Night is operatic in all senses of the word The drama is so very dramatic The women are full of depth and humanity and archness and are so powerfully written There is so much story here and I absorbed all of it, greedily Lilliet Berne has secrets, many secrets hidden in her past and layered upon each other through time and circumstance Now, she is a successful opera singer but, during a ball one night, a man brings a libretto to her attention that seems to be based on her life.Only a few people know the truth behind the secrets, which one would have made that truth public Lilliet is going to find out Along the way, the reader gets to experience the 18th century world from the American Midwest to the Paris Ope Lilliet Berne has secrets, many secrets hidden in her past and layered upon each other through time and circumstance Now, she is a successful opera singer but, during a ball one night, a man brings a libretto to her attention that seems to be based on her life.Only a few people know the truth behind the secrets, which one would have made that truth public Lilliet is going to find out Along the way, the reader gets to experience the 18th century world from the American Midwest to the Paris Opera, Napoleon s Imperial Court and beyond The Queen of the Night is a glittering, epic historical fiction It is reminiscent of Margaret George s style of storytelling in that Chee weaves actual historical figures throughout his story.So, you re learning as you re entertaining yourself two birds with one stone I absolutely loved it.Who is Lilliet According to rumorI was innocent or I was the devil unleashed, I had nearly caused wars, I had kept them from happening I was never in love, I had never loved, I was always in love Each performance could be my last, each performance had been my last, the voice was true, the voice was a fraud The voice, at least, was truepg 7, ebook.Though true, the voice was not free from rumor eitherThere s a story told of my voice that says it was bought from a witch, the result of an occult surgery I never corrected this The real answer to where my voice came from is as ordinary as all of life I wanted to eat so I learned to singpgs 65 66, ebook.As a public figure, Lilliet profited from being a spectacle on and off the stage She encourages the stories because her notoriety brought her opera parts, connections, and money.Her true background, on the other hand, could ruin her.The complexity of life in ParisParis, which, when I looked close, was a vast 0p ra bouffe f erie opera with elements of comedy and magic in it and you did not know your role, I think, until it was too late, and the crowd was laughing at the joke you had uttered in all innocencepg 99, ebook.Alexander Chee explores many closed societies and the unwritten rules that are followed by them in The Queen of the Night Among the many scenes examined are the circus tent, the courtesan s house, the opera, the French court, the Bohemian music culture, and the couture dressmaker.My favorite parts of this story were the glimpses into these, in some cases, defunct cultures and learning the expected behaviors, way of dress, even the preferred perfumes of those in the know The fun is in the details The Queen of the Night is also a love storyWhen love comes this way, the first dream of it feels like a prophecy that has come true I had never known this feeling until now he was my first And so I let myself dream of him again and believe it could be the futurepg 186, ebook SwoonMy theme here is love Love and the gifts of love, love kept secret, love lost, love become hatred, war, a curse Love become music Love and those who died for love Love and, especially, first love My first love, the one I could not keep and could never, will never, losepg 215, ebook Do you think he could have fitlove in there At one point, Lilliet says she feels like she has gotten Fate s attentionIt is a peculiar thing to reach this conclusion, that a god has taken your life in hand The sensation is not what people might imagine it is not magic, nor is it a haunting, nor is it a miracle there s no storm of roses, no whistle that can put a raging ocean to sleep, no figure in the mirror besides your ownpg 240, ebook.When I read that, I thought that Chee was going to break down the fourth wall But, he didn t He kept the story flowing but I felt like he winked at me Where am I going to take Lilliet now , he seemed to say I didn t have any idea, but I was definitely along for the ride.Recommended for readers who want a detailed, slightly sometimes very scandalous romp and mystery throughout the 18th century If you re into classical music, then it may be an even better fit.Some reads that you may want to explore after this one The Dream Lover A Novel of George Sand by Elizabeth Berg same time period, same country , In the Company of the CourtesanSarah Dunant different time period and country, some similar themes , and Before Versailles A Novel of Louis XIV by Karleen Koen different time period, French court Like a pretty courtesan trying to make a living, this novel tried desperately to seduce me It flirted, it danced, it even sang for me.But the seduction failed I grew frustrated with this book and struggled to finish it First, I must state that The Queen of the Night is an ambitious work of historical fiction Our heroine, Lilliet, is a famous opera singer in Paris in the 1880s, and she has a lot of secrets Ever since she was orphaned in America, she s spent her life on the run Her previous Like a pretty courtesan trying to make a living, this novel tried desperately to seduce me It flirted, it danced, it even sang for me.But the seduction failed I grew frustrated with this book and struggled to finish it First, I must state that The Queen of the Night is an ambitious work of historical fiction Our heroine, Lilliet, is a famous opera singer in Paris in the 1880s, and she has a lot of secrets Ever since she was orphaned in America, she s spent her life on the run Her previous jobs include circus performer, courtesan, lady s maid, spy, and finally, a muse She was often running away from one man, nicknamed the tenor, who tried to control her Lilliet was skilled at having men fall in love with her, and she was equally good at making her escapes But she feels trapped when she s approached to star in a new opera, and she realizes the story is about her secret past Only a few people know the truth about her, so she sets out to discover who is behind the plot.I was interested in this novel because it has elements I typically like, such as a European setting, opera and artists, historical references, a rags to riches story, mystery and even romance But something was off This book became a tangled mess of plot contrivances, impossible coincidences, and bad dialogue It also lacked any real depth of character the scenes and love affairs felt as fake as a theater set And at 550 pages, it dragged on way too long.I can appreciate what the author was trying to do, and all the historical research he did on the period I think it just neededrehearsal time Opera, circus, travel, a strong woman protagonist, passion, love author Chee tics every can t wait to read this book box Somehow, though, he often lost me While Chee does a magnificent job of history and setting, the characters, especially the star, felt hollow and flat Ditto for the audio reader s rendition The book is 500 pages maybe if it had been trimmed way down, it wouldn t have felt so much like a soap opera Despite the above flaws, it s a good book, just needs to be cut way Opera, circus, travel, a strong woman protagonist, passion, love author Chee tics every can t wait to read this book box Somehow, though, he often lost me While Chee does a magnificent job of history and setting, the characters, especially the star, felt hollow and flat Ditto for the audio reader s rendition The book is 500 pages maybe if it had been trimmed way down, it wouldn t have felt so much like a soap opera Despite the above flaws, it s a good book, just needs to be cut way back Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThere s an author named Jennifer Wilde who wrote some of the trashiest, longest winded bodice rippers I ve ever encountered, always both lewd and boring, with heroines who go through hell and back and yet are somehow remarkably detached on an emotional level from anything happening to them, whether it s the death of a loved one or brutal rape at the hands of a captor The stories are sometimes interesting, but virtually all of the voic Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterestThere s an author named Jennifer Wilde who wrote some of the trashiest, longest winded bodice rippers I ve ever encountered, always both lewd and boring, with heroines who go through hell and back and yet are somehow remarkably detached on an emotional level from anything happening to them, whether it s the death of a loved one or brutal rape at the hands of a captor The stories are sometimes interesting, but virtually all of the voices of all of this author s heroines are interchangeable, because the only thing they lackthan agency is any kind of personality.Jennifer Wilde is actually a man named T.E Huff, and Jennifer Wilde is his bodice ripper pen name He also had a gothic romance pen name, Edwina Marlow I ve read two of his books recently, ONCE MORE, MIRANDA and ANGEL IN SCARLET, which were rags to riches tales similar to THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT Also like QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, both of these books were much longer than they needed to be and read as if they were written by someone who had never actually sat down and listened to a women regale the stories of her life before I know how that sounds, and I m sure Chee has talked to women, but man, the heroine of this book was bland AF and didn t seem to have any emotions at all I ve seen mirrors that were deeper than Lilliet Berne And the book is written from her POV, so there is no escaping it.I bring up Jennifer Wilde because that author is a prime example of a male author who has a good idea for a story starring a female hero, but who doesn t have the chops to back it up There is no excuse for failing to make Lilliet Berne interesting She lost her entire family to sickness, then went to work in a circus, then became a prostitute and then the servant to a noblewoman or maybe vice versa, I may be mixing up the order , and then she became the captive lover of an evil man, and then she escaped and became an opera singer slash courtesan in her own right With a colorful tapestry like that at the backstory, I should be scarfing this down like it s all you can eat Tuesday at the Bodice Ripper Bistro, and the entree of the day is Rosemary Rogers au gratuitous WTFERY But this book was BORING I didn t want to believe the people who were saying that this book was boring and slow I thought to myself, Well, maybe they don t appreciate a book that takes a while to build up its characters Some people don t But this was circuitous, with the heroine constantly telling things to us instead of showing them to us as unemotionally as possible , and by the time I was 25% to the end I basically started skimming heavily and ignoring 85% of what I was reading Something about a duel and a final showdown and I think someone gets doused in gasoline I don t even care.Apparently this book was many years in the making and it is well researched and has some well written passages and descriptions The problem, I think, is that the author fell so in love with his own writing and grandiose ideas that he forgot all about the heroine How else to explain why she feels like such an afterthought in her own narration There are Phantom of the Opera vibes Faust vibes Memoirs of a Geisha vibes HOW WAS THIS BAD She had this terribad life that she was trying to keep secret for all these years and then one day, someone presents her with a play that mirrors the secrets of her dark past WHAT That sounded amazing How was this not amazing What dark and evil magics were afoot to make this so I don t always agree with Goodreads At Large, but the critics were definitely right about this one it was a huge disappointment I barely finished.1.5 to 2 stars The fictional female character in The Queen of the Night , is an American born opera singer, whom if meant to resemble anyone author Alexander Chee, says , is Pamina, from The Magic Flute this book is meant as a reinvention of the Mozart opera as a novel In first person narration, the story begins When it began, it began as an opera would begin, in a palace, at a ball, in anencounter with a stranger who, you discover, has your fate in his hands He is perhaps a demon or a god in di The fictional female character in The Queen of the Night , is an American born opera singer, whom if meant to resemble anyone author Alexander Chee, says , is Pamina, from The Magic Flute this book is meant as a reinvention of the Mozart opera as a novel In first person narration, the story begins When it began, it began as an opera would begin, in a palace, at a ball, in anencounter with a stranger who, you discover, has your fate in his hands He is perhaps a demon or a god in disguise, offering you a chance at either the fulfillment of a dream or a trap for the soul A comic element the soprano arrives in the wrong dress and it decides her fate The year was 1882 The palace was the Luxembourg Palace the ball, the Senat Bal,at the beginning of autumn It was still warm, and so the garden was used as well I was the soprano I was Lilliet Berne Lilliet is flabbergasted horrified, to discover that this stranger has discovered secrets about her which only a handful of people know.The stranger invites her to star in a new opera but the words of a novel he shows her are of her life An entire team is working on this opera which came from a diary found in a hotel the man was refurbishing He has no idea it s of Lilliet s life Somebody does Who Lilliet does not let on to this stranger either Instead she is on a mission to find out who did betray her We learn of Lilliet s life story.starting in Minnesota in a log cabin to the present time.a Grand Opera House in Paris This is a 600 chubby book is sitting next to me page turning fantastic.It s a sweeping historical epic a treasure The plot takes center stage The plot being the mystery of who betrayed Lilliet s secrets, yet I enjoyed the entire journey.a rags to riches story an orphan to Lillett Berne, the name she comes to be known as in Paris ,.the history, the opera, the details of the musical training, the fashion, the friendships, the colorful characters, betrayal, twists and turns..and a love story a little complicated triangle, and a little sex There is an overall lush atmosphere, with so many lovely moments to simply smile..The writing was gorgeous Her skin was slightly sallow, and she was not pretty, but she exerted a nearly violent need for your attention Her cloud of hair was like smoke She was wearing and enormous cancan skirt, the biggest I d ever seen, filling the seats to either side of her on the bench as she slumped rakishly, her half lidded eyes watching something directly ahead of her, something only she could see Part of why I bought this book is because I use to have season tickets with San Jose Opera having enjoyed the productions of Carmen and The Magic Flute a couple times each My daughter and I went to the Opera together So my memories were my initial opening of interest with plans to give her this book however, you don t need to have an ounce of interest in Opera to enjoy this story It has a memoir feeling to it.Engaging storytelling with a steady pace I stumbled in a few parts a little hindrance due to my lack of French comprehension Butoften than not I was completely drawn into the story.I think this is a Fabulous Book worthy of these 600 pages 5 stars This book was like a vacation that has lasted a little too long it s great while it s happening, but you re glad when it s over and you can go home.This really was a fascinating story, but man oh manthere were parts that I really struggled to get through because it was just plain boring I m sure someone who has an interest in opera would enjoy this bookthan I did I confess I was lost with a lot of the references to operas and all things music.I did like the story, but the one phras This book was like a vacation that has lasted a little too long it s great while it s happening, but you re glad when it s over and you can go home.This really was a fascinating story, but man oh manthere were parts that I really struggled to get through because it was just plain boring I m sure someone who has an interest in opera would enjoy this bookthan I did I confess I was lost with a lot of the references to operas and all things music.I did like the story, but the one phrase that I just feel sums up this book is tragic drama This woman s life is just one turmoil after another I enjoyed the historical aspects of the book, and the author is fantastic at setting the scene and creating the visual to put the reader in this time period My critique, though, would be that sometimes overload just equals boredom A little less rambling and descriptive prose would have made for acompelling story for this reader I was trying to decide how many stars to give this and ultimately decided to go with three, which is my personal standard for a book that I enjoyed and I feel is worth the read, but that I wouldn t gush over It IS a good story just be warned that it is not a fast paced one and it gets bogged down in parts 2016 reading challenge category a book that isthan 500 pages This book, much hyped and anticipated, has been on my radar for ages I couldn t wait to get my hands on it Opera..divas..scandal..intrigue what s not to love And indeed, it has all that andActually, maybe a little too muchThe plotline is basically this it is narrated by a woman, who never provides her real name Her life is a surreal series of episodes that take her from a farm in Minnesota to New York to Paris to London and back to America She is a farm girl, an orphan, This book, much hyped and anticipated, has been on my radar for ages I couldn t wait to get my hands on it Opera..divas..scandal..intrigue what s not to love And indeed, it has all that andActually, maybe a little too muchThe plotline is basically this it is narrated by a woman, who never provides her real name Her life is a surreal series of episodes that take her from a farm in Minnesota to New York to Paris to London and back to America She is a farm girl, an orphan, an equestrienne acrobat, a courtesan, a grisette, a courtesan again, a legendary soprano Intrigue and treachery surround her Plots and subplots abound There are lovers aplenty, but of course, only one true love It is a fairy tale, but a very adult and twisted one.I have read this cover to cover twice The book, like an opera, is divided into Acts The first time I was totally into it until I got to the end of the Third Act All of the sudden, I was lost Huh What happened Did I miss something I proceeded on cautiously, paying close attention and concentrating with all my might The middle of the book was tough going Too many players, too much intrigue and pulling of strings, who is controlling who Repetitive..seemed like it would never end And then it picked up and got interesting again, but by that time I was mentally exhausted and not really sure what was going on When I finished, I sat and thought it about it a bit and realized I couldn t recall how our narrator got from point A to B to C very easily so I went back and read it again I enjoyed itthe second time and didn t feel as lost, although I do feel justified in saying this book is unnecessarily weighted down by repetition and could have used tighter editing I also didn t love the affectation of writing without using quotation marks to denote dialogue There were times I assumed I was reading straight narration when a conversation was actually taking place I d have to go back and re read the paragraph to absorb the context Frustrating, and added to the dense, weighty feeling of the book.Still.I loved the story as a living and breathing piece of historical fiction I was drawn into the milieu of the French Third Republic just before the onset of La Belle poque Chee s characters include Giuseppe Verdi, the Empress Eug nie de Montijo, Napoleon III, George Sand, Countess di Castiglione, Pauline Giardot Garcia, Ivan Turgenev, Charles Garnier, Cora Pearl andIf you don t know who some of these people are, I didn t either until I read this book and did some research afterwards I had no idea most of Chee s characters were real people I also loved the connection of the storyline to various opera plots.There are bits of pieces of lovely writing throughoutWhy is it so loud when you cry from grief Because it must be loud enough for the missing one to hear, though it can never be Loud enough to scale the sky and the backs of angels, or to fall through the earth where they rest Neither of us said anythingfor a moment I sat back again There was only the unearthly sound of the crystal and silver set on all the tables ringing as we went, as if the train were a mystical bell of many parts This strange concert was oddly comforting Overall, although I wrestled with the book and how to rate it, I am awarding it a 4 If you love historical fiction and are drawn at all to the arts, I recommend this to you If you have the luxury of time, consider reading it twice to absorb the ambiance and make connections you may have missed in the first read through Although this is flawed, it is still beautiful and unique O aravaju i roman o burnom putu jedne mlade ene, od cirkuske jaha ice i kurtizane do svetski poznate diveLilijet Bern je senzacija Pariske opere, legendarni soprano sa svim priznanjima osim ivotne uloge, koju svaki peva eli kako bi postao besmrtan Kad joj takvu ulogu ponude, ona shvata sa strepnjom da se libreto zasniva na tajni iz njene pro losti Samo etiri osobe mogle su da je izdaju jedna je mrtva, jedna je voli, jedna eli A za jednu se nada da ju je zaboravilaDok kopa po svojim uspomenama kako bi na la trag, prise a se svog ivota kad je kao siro e do la u Evropu iz Amerike i uletela u ble tavi i vrtoglavi svet Drugog carstva u Parizu Kako bi pre ivela, ona od cirkuske jaha ice postaje kurtizana, od cari ine slu avke peva ica, a sve vreme je upletena u komplikovanu mre u ljubavi, du nosti i politi kih intrigaPored sudbine istorijskih li nosti, roman prati i Lilijet i ulogu Kraljice no i koja mo e da joj osigura ugled ili je uni ti tajnama koje otkriva I ve loved opera since I was a teenager, and most of the time I soak it in and drink it up by myself But it s okay, because Alexander Chee is here with the most operatic novel I ve ever read about wait for it an opera singer whose secret past is the story of a new opera Honestly, even if you aren t much of an opera aficionado, if you like books with twisty plots, loads of intrigue, unexpected betrayals, and gorgeous dresses, you ll enjoy the hell out of it It s kind of like The Count of I ve loved opera since I was a teenager, and most of the time I soak it in and drink it up by myself But it s okay, because Alexander Chee is here with the most operatic novel I ve ever read about wait for it an opera singer whose secret past is the story of a new opera Honestly, even if you aren t much of an opera aficionado, if you like books with twisty plots, loads of intrigue, unexpected betrayals, and gorgeous dresses, you ll enjoy the hell out of it It s kind of like The Count of Monte Cristo withladies Jessica Woodburyfrom The Best Books We Read In December

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