Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and Millais
- Narrated by: Sophie Ward
- Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-05-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Audible Studios
Suzanne Fagence Cooper has gained exclusive access to Effie's family letters and diaries to reveal the reality behind the scandalous love-triangle. Effie shows the rise and fall of the Pre-Raphaelite circle from a new perspective, through the eyes of a woman who was intimately involved in the private and public lives of its two greatest figures.
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By Julie Artist on 27-08-14
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in history; especially the Victorian era
What was one of the most memorable moments of Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and Millais?
Learning more about John Ruskin the person rather than the art critic. I have always admired the work of Ruskin, but this book helped delve deeper into the man; I did not really like him as a person, but perhaps understood him better.
Which character – as performed by Sophie Ward – was your favourite?
Sophie ward did try to portray the characters by using accents, although the book is written as more of history story rather than a novel.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I guess I had an emotional reaction to the book in that I thought about the limited choices women had in Victorian England. I was also amazed and rather impressed by how adventurous the Victorians were in their travel destinations, especially given that travel was not easy and often dangerous.
Any additional comments?
I really enjoyed this book much more than I thought I would. I thought at first it would be a little dull, but I stuck with it and often found I was transported back to Victorian England. Because the book is written using diaries it brings to life the sights and experiences of individuals, and I was compelled to seek out portraits and paintings to help me visualise the people referred to. They became three dimensional through this book and I really became absorbed in it. If you like history, and are interested in art you will enjoy this book. I think it would make a great movie at some point and with the soon to be released movie about Turner will compliment this area of interest.
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