My Book Review of You, Fascinating You by Germaine Shames:
The book is a
fictionalized account of the lives of Hungarian ballerina Margit Wolf
and Italian composer Pasquale Frustaci aka “the Italian Cole Porter”.
You, Fascinating You breathes soul into their life story, amidst the
European setting before, during and after WWII.
The author has
done a magnificent job recreating the era for her book, with not only
place and facts, but with mood, language and emotion. From the first
page you feel as if you are there, in Hungary, in Italy, peering into
the lives of these people. I was captivated by the story, how the two
main characters interacted, the choices they made and how their lives
and their futures were swept into and changed by events beyond their
control. It’s a book overflowing with love, sorrow, loss and
I much as I enjoyed it however, once or twice the
author’s choices in book structure bothered me. She rightly focused on
certain events and years and skipped over some others, which gave the
book an interesting surreal touch, especially near the end. But I found,
where in most instances that added to the pleasure in reading, on a
couple of occasions it fell flat for me. Overall though, I highly
recommend, You, Fascinating You.
You, Fascinating You is available on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/You-Fascinating-ebook/dp/B007NL12WY/