Extraordinary, award winning novel originally written in French, now re-written by the author herself in English completely as she desired. A sophisticated, articulate love story -- that eventually evolved into a trilogy from which I got many enjoyable moments.
In researching this romatic period the narrator finds the people and times so engaging that she creates a personal relationship with characters long gone (a valued escape from her own dreary life, perhaps). You the reader are invited to do the same!
In this eternal saga of love at any price, we see the young protagonist, Irene, losing her grip on her own self esteem. The characters are complex and in their baffling decisions and repetition of bad choices, all too human.
An award winning writer, Lidmila Sovakova, has done it again with this wonderful, tricky romance, actually the third in the Drowning of a GoldFish series. You will feel the heroine's emotions, and her quirky, unique view of the world of romance.
In the wrap-up to this saga that I have had the pleasure to read over the years as soon as each book appeared, Irene appears headed for a tragic end, losing control to her lovers, suffering hallucinations, unsure if she is going insane. Suffice to say, an excellent wrapup to the story of a woman who loved too much!