PAL is a fast-paced yet poignant character-driven novel riding waves of romance, drama, and wit in a manner reminiscent of David Nicholls’s books (One Day)—and set in the exciting world of several vibrant Romanian artists and musicians.
Henriette, an accomplished sculptor, seems to find more joy in her feminist-inspired work and her piano playing than in the people who care about her. Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, 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. ( via goodreads )
My Rating: 3/5
Firstly, I would like to thank Mira Tudor for contacting me with her book and allowing me to read in exchange for a review.
This does not affect my opinion of the novel in anyway.
Poets, Artists and Lovers is set in Romania and follows several creative characters. We follow the characters over a large period of time, often seen in flashbacks which brings depth to these fascinating characters. The characters were incredibly flawed and human which I love when reading because it makes the characters more compelling to read. There was a certain characters that I didn’t like or didn’t agree with their actions but it made the novel interesting. There is a large number of characters but I loved how they were all related or connected to each other in some form. It really pulled the story together.
It is a novel filled with philosophical and cultural ideas that is incredibly fast pace, pulling you in. Each character has its own distinct voice that makes it easy to follow and keep up with the pace of the novel. The conversations are realistic and intellectual which only adds for an entertaining read. However, sometimes, the conversations between the characters went over my head slightly as I was unsure of what they were talking about. Despite this, it was not a struggle to keep up with what was happening due to Mira Tudor’s writing. This book definitely reads like Literary fiction.
I would highly recommend this book to those who are highly creative and adults who can relate to the interesting prose.
Thanks for reading!