Ophelia's Fan: A Novel #2020

Ophelia's Fan: A Novel Christine Balint Ophelia s Fan A Novel Christine Balint reimagines the bittersweet life of Harriet Smithson the tragedienne who brought Shakespeare to the French Born in County Clare Ireland in Harriet is left in the care of the e

  • Title: Ophelia's Fan: A Novel
  • Author: Christine Balint
  • ISBN: 9780393327663
  • Page: 279
  • Format: Paperback
  • Ophelia's Fan: A Novel Christine Balint Christine Balint reimagines the bittersweet life of Harriet Smithson, the tragedienne who brought Shakespeare to the French Born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1800, Harriet is left in the care of the elderly priest Father Barrett, and is brought up on Lamb s Shakespeare, lime sherbet sweets, and prayer A child of traveling players, her ultimate inheritance is Covent GardeChristine Balint reimagines the bittersweet life of Harriet Smithson, the tragedienne who brought Shakespeare to the French Born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1800, Harriet is left in the care of the elderly priest Father Barrett, and is brought up on Lamb s Shakespeare, lime sherbet sweets, and prayer A child of traveling players, her ultimate inheritance is Covent Garden, London, the green room, and the theater s rough magic With the arrival of Charles Kemble s English Theatre troupe in Paris in 1827, the Odeon Theatre is awash with the drama and music of Shakespeare Harriet is Ophelia The French Romantics swoon, traffic stops, and the high society women plait straw in their hair in honor of her mad Ophelia The fiery composer Hector Berlioz falls in love In Ophelia s Fan, Balint re creates the texture and breadth of the nineteenth century and brings alive Harriet Smithson the actress and the woman, her roles and her loves Reading group guide included.
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    1. This is a fictionalized account of the life of the actress who was Hector Berlioz s muse It s an oddly structured book, told up until the time she Berlioz marry in 1833, so we don t actually meet Berlioz until p 250 of the 350 page book The story, early on, is told in chronological order, but in the latter part it increasingly jumps around in time for no apparent reason, actually ends in 1827, the year Miss Smithson arrives in Paris becomes a sensation There are also odd interludes narrated in f [...]

    2. This book follows Harriet Smithson, an actress born in 1800 Smithson grows up in slightly unusual circumstances, as she is the only child in her Irish family given the opportunity to be educated When she s old enough to act and support the family, she is put to work, but only blossoms as an actress when she performs Shakespeare s plays to the French.The book was a quick read and enjoyable, but I did wish that the letters written to her son, stuck in every few chapters, didn t reveal her husband [...]

    3. I couldn t really get into this book about an actress who becomes particularly famous in France for her part of Ophelia and then marries the composer, Berlioz The narrative jumped around a lot we were back in childhood, back to the end of the story, in the midst of the letter to the heroine s children There was not much of a plot as such it felt like scattered scenes that didn t really amount to much of a whole.

    4. I liked the interludes in the narrative where a Shakespearean heroine Ophelia, for example expresses her state of mind it increases my appreciation of the plays I thought the depiction of Hector Berlioz was overwrought, as perhaps he was in real life, as the author was careful to cite a lot of primary source material and several exhaustive biographies of the composer and his actress wife.

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