Read The Last Nude Online Free - A stunning story of love, sexual obsession, treachery, and tragedy, about an artist and her most famous muse in Paris between the World Wars.
Paris, 1927. In the heady years before the crash, financiers drape their mistresses in Chanel, while expatriates flock to the avant-garde bookshop Shakespeare and Company. One day in July, a young American named Rafaela Fano gets into the car of a coolly dazzling stranger, the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka.
Struggling to halt a downward slide toward prostitution, Rafaela agrees to model for the artist, a dispossessed Saint Petersburg aristocrat with a murky past. The two become lovers, and Rafaela inspires Tamara's most iconic Jazz Age images, among them her most accomplished—and coveted—works of art. A season as the painter's muse teaches Rafaela some hard lessons: Tamara is a cocktail of raw hunger and glittering artifice. And all the while, their romantic idyll is threatened by history's darkening tide.
Inspired by real events in de Lempicka's history, The Last Nude is a tour de force of historical imagination. Avery gives the reader a tantalizing window into a lost Paris, an age already vanishing as the inexorable forces of history close in on two tangled lives. Spellbinding and provocative, The Last Nude is a novel about genius and craft, love and desire, regret, and, most of all, hope that can transcend time and circumstance.
|Title||:||The Last Nude|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
December 11, 2011
When is a muse an inspiration and when is she a plaything? The distinction is hazy in Ellis Avery’s The Last Nude.
1927 Paris, Rafaela only wants a hundred francs to buy a black dress so she can take over her flat mate’s department store job. In danger of falling into prostitution, she meets Tamar...
September 04, 2012
I haven't given five stars to a book in a long time, so that's something!
This was such a beautiful book to read. I loved the subtle, smooth writing style, the descriptions of everyday objects and happenings, the way the characters' eyes opened in different ways...I loved all of it.
I even loved...
January 08, 2012
Historical fiction is, essentially, literary fan fiction. It’s the literary part that gives it more cred than “Friday Night Lights” superfans hanging out on a bulletin board dreamily considering what if Julie Taylor came out of the bathroom wrapped in a towel, her lips flushed and red, her skin d...
December 18, 2014
With razor-sharp prose and an unapologetic lack of sentimentality, THE LAST NUDE depicts a pivotal time in 1920s Paris, during the life of the acclaimed Art Deco painter, Tamara Lempicka, and her tumultuous affair with an American-born teenage muse, Rafaela, immortalized in Lempicka's work, "La B...
April 24, 2017
I've read many artistic historical fiction novels, but this is the first I've read from a female artist perspective. And it's an artist with whom I am not at all familiar.
I was set on giving this book a 3.5-4 stars and then Part 2 hit. I hated Part 2 audio version. It may have physically read bet...
December 14, 2011
I received an advance copy of this novel from the Amazon VINE Program for which I am a reviewer. The writing style of Ellis Avery is glorious beyond belief. It's as if a truly gifted writer sought and succeeded in conveying in the brush strokes of her words the experience of the master portrait p...
April 02, 2012
This book was divided in to two parts..the first 80% was told from the viewpoint of Rafaela, a 17 year old runaway who has been prostituting herself to unattractive, wealthy men to get by in 1920's Paris. She meets female painter Tamara, who offers her money to pose nude. They begin a sexual rela...
January 29, 2012
I gave myself a personal challenge this year and that was to read a new release each month. This was my first read in the challenge.
I didn't know anything about the Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka before reading this book. One of the things I like about historical fiction is that it gives me...
July 23, 2012
I don't know...I just didn't like it all that much. I paint myself, and really I just copy stuff that I like and I'm pretty good at it. I've done several Lempika's, Saint Morritz, and Spring, another one or two. I love Lempika's work, I just don't like her. I read the biography Kizette wrote abou...
July 12, 2014
Undoubtedly, this was a very distinguishable read. As in strikingly unique and beautiful. Ellis Avery manages to combine two of my favorite types of prose: the lyrical one and the visceral one. Clearly, the result is explosive. Paragraphs with incredible intimist sentences and at the same time, d...