“He crushed me, all right, but then he made me discover passion, and through passion I have come to feel more love,” Ela said.
~ Mira Tudor, Poets, Artist, lovers: a novel
Recently we read the book Poets, Artists, Lovers: a novel by Mira Tudor and we thought it might be fun to give a little review. We are basically obsessed with poetry, art and love thus the title was already promising.
The book is set in the 21st century in Romania and follows the story of Henriette who is an accomplished sculptor and who seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Then there is Ela, a piano teacher now book reviewer, who 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.
We thought, as we suspected, this story was absolutely lovely!! And we can only recommend the novel. We really enjoyed reading it and at times even felt as if we were in Romania ourselves. It is filled with complicated relationships, convincing characters and, like us, people who adore art. Furthermore, the setting of the novel and the style of writing was very much appealing. It is mostly about people spending time, drinking tea and chitchatting about love and all its complications and finding their way in life. Which, for us, was quite fun to read, as it is probably relatable for quite a few people, including ourselves. Besides, it is a rather quick read (only 255 pages). Thus, if you want to read something that is interesting, fun, about love & art and not too long, then this is the book for you.
Kiki~Jane & Lily~Rose