Maeve Deveraux comes a long way from a political prison in South Africa to the world's stages as a celebrated opera star, experiencing stormy relationships with the rich and famous....
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|Number of Pages||:||624 Pages|
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There were some hilarious soap opera moments, namely (view spoiler)[a scene where the heroine's kinda sorta love interest Sean Farrell is shot by his Serbian (or is he Montenegrin?) father-in-law after the guy shoots his daughter in the head, cuts open her stomach, takes out the fetus and decapitates it (hide spoiler)], but the grotesque LOLZ and over the top flamboyance of the opera world was swamped by the speshul perfeckshun of the heroine.Maeve Devereaux is awesome and wonderful and beautiful with the bestest voice evah, and she sings Salome for the first time in New York, makes Nellie Melba and Mary Garden insanely jellies because she's absolutely perfect and beautiful and awesome and wonderful, Richard Strauss and Giacomo Puccini fawn all over her as the only one who can do real justice to their creations, Feodor Chaliapin wants to jump her bones (but she's the virtuous sort, natch), and in the entire run of her career I think she gets only one bad review (a single performance of Juliette in Berlin that she chews over year after year! Those stupid Hun bastards love that simp Geraldine Farrar sooooooooooooo much better, though why she has no idea because pffft, obvs).Oh, and she single-handedly puts the La Scala claque in their place and makes them super-fervent fans.Yeah, it all got a bit much.Throw on top of all that a really poorly explained morass of Balkan politics, and it came out as readable trash but without much flair. I think I only stuck with it from nostalgia, because I read this as a teenager in the throes of opera infatuation and it was the perfect kind of self-insert placeholder fiction for that frame of mind at the time.But today? Blech.***Stepback art by Jim Griffin["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
I tried. Threw in the towel at pg. 128 because:MarySue character is so MarySue.Plot consisted of vignettes with few threads tying them together.The Balkan politics were not explained well. At all. When 4 pages go by and you wonder what you just read because you didn't understand a thing (in a trashy romance novel)... that was a sign.This was an earnest buddy read that I failed on. Yet another "awesome book from high school" falls on its face on the 2nd time around.
Read while in jail. Actual rating: 4.2