Around a month ago, I was contacted by Mira Tudor, the author of “Poets, Artists, Lovers,” to ask if I was willing to read her book and write my thoughts about it. At first, I was surprised since it was an unexpected request. When I was sent the synopsis of the book, I became excited finding out that it would be about Literature, Arts & Music – topics that are generally interesting in my opinion.
As described by Mira Tudor herself, here’s the description of the book:
‘Poets, Artists, Lovers: A Novel’ is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romanticism, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent in parts of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians.
Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, hopes to discover the key to happiness and a more meaningful life through studying the workings of the mind and crafting poems about emotions she trusts will lead her to a better place. Joining them in beauty and blindness is Pamfil, a violinist who dabbles as a singer and lives mostly for the moment and his monthly parties. As they follow their passions, they find themselves on treacherous journeys to love and happiness, and are slow to figure out how to best tackle their predicaments. Fortunately, their lovers and friends are there to help . . . but then a newcomer complicates things.
The title truly was on point. The book was full of poets, artists and lovers. In fact, the book was full of such talents that it makes you wonder how all these people found each other and how their lives became entangled. I guess, people with similar interests really do find their way towards each other.
At first, the sheer number of characters caught me off guard and threw me off a bit, causing me to step back a few pages every time I forgot who’s who and who’s in a relationship with whom. Once I got a hold on the basic relationships, I was able to follow the plot easily. The storyline moves between the past and the present as it introduces new characters and intertwining of relationships. Keeping up with the years can be a bit tricky if you don’t take note what year a chapter takes place.
The novel referenced a number of works of art and music pieces that I am sad to say, I am not familiar with. I truly wish I was knowledgeable enough in such areas to truly understand and appreciate the reason why they were mentioned in the first place. I’m sure it would’ve made more sense to me had I known whether the music one couple danced to was an upbeat or a mellow or a sad song. The author clearly had a vast understanding and grasp on these subjects, unfortunately, I don’t. I sincerely wanted to know what the author wanted to convey with the choice of music and art in specific scenes as I wanted to fully grasp the emotion associated with those choices.
I like how the story was actually quite realistic in the sense that things don’t always work out the way we want it to. Life isn’t always peaches and cream; as if your life was a movie. I just wish the novel had focused more on just a few characters with an in depth backstory for each so there’s room for more character development and that the readers can relate more to what they’re going through at any given moment.
Are men normally as patient and understanding as Haralambie and George, though? I was quite surprised or even, skeptical that such men would exist in this world. If they do exist, um, where are they and why have I not met them yet? As for Pamfil, sorry to say, I am not a fan. A guy who seems to attract the eye of every woman he meets and does not shy away from flirting with anyone who shows an interest in him – sounds like bad news to me.
You know what would make the experience complete? If this had been a movie. The novel talks about sculptures, art, music, food and the romantic setting of Romania. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could experience all those visually with the appropriate music playing in the background? It would be a complete sensory orgasm. Gives me chills just thinking about it. Match it with the complicated relationships and dramas, this would make good television. I truly do wish this could make its way to the screen. I think it would translate well. Please make it happen. ;p
If you want to check out the book, it’s FREE on Kindle Unlimited or you may purchase it on Amazon.
NinthMelody Rating: 6/10