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Teaser Tuesdays: I Am The Most Interesting Book Of All (2)

June 10th, 2014 (12:26 pm)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week's teaser is from the same book I quoted from last week, I Am the Most Interesting Book of All: The Journal of Marie Bashkirtseff. I'm reading two books at once right now, and it's the only one I have with me, so I'm posting from it again. Marie Bashkirtseff was just a teenage girl when she started writing her journal, and she wrote nearly every day for about ten years, until her untimely death from tuberculosis. It's a fascinating look at life among the European elite in the late 1870s. Marie's family is Russian and Ukrainian, and her family moves with the seasons among some of the most fashionable spots in Europe. The place where she spends the most time is Nice, in the South of France.
In this teaser, she mentions No. 77. It's the house number of the woman (considered "loose" in Marie's society) who is now romantically involved with a man who courted 16-year-old Marie (to the point where most of Nice thought he would marry her) and then suddenly started ignoring her. The castle she mentions is this ex-suitor's home.

Here is my teaser, from page 444 of Marie's journals:

"What a pity that I cannot set fire to No. 77! I swear to you that I am ready to do it with the greatest pleasure, and also to set fire to the castle. I would watch both of them cook without lifting a finger or being upset."

As you can tell, Marie is a passionate young woman, prone to dramatic outbursts, not that unusual for a teenage girl. But as young as she was, Marie Bashkirtseff was a remarkable painter and a talented singer; if she had lived longer, I think she would have been considered one of the greats. Here is one of her paintings, a self-portrait she painted when she was only 22 years old.

If you're interested in learning more about the life of Marie Bashkirtseff, click here. Or just read her journals and "meet" Marie for yourself.

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