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    great read!

    Loved it! held my attention from beginning to end! You really feel as if you know these characters and I was sorry to see them go
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    As a past student of art history I was drawn to this book for the hope of providing a unique viewpoint from young, aspiring, low class women in the realm of 19th century Impressionism - a time known for it's modern innovations and optimistic idealism. While Degas's art pieces aimed to capture that fleeting moment in time that Impressionists were enthralled by, he was also a self-described "realist" focused on capturing the hardships that also lay beneath the facade of dance and the struggling working class. This is conveyed through the story as the Van Goethem sisters are swept into the worlds of art and dance facing exploitation in the hopes for a better life. While i enjoyed the read, I only rate it a 3/5. I can't quite explain my average rating other than perhaps it needed more substance for me to the characters' developments and/or the literary descriptions of the times.
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    Worth a read to discover the inner world of ballet in the 1800's.
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    Painted Girls

    This beautifully written book takes us behind the scenes of a dance studio, the exhaustion and the pain of trying to get to the top of the dance profession. Simultaneously, we get a glimpse of the men who admire them and the times they live in
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    Very poignant story of the struggles of the working class in the 19th century. I loved how the author made it possible to relate to these girls even if their realities seam so far from our modern lives. A must read!
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