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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here It took forever to finally get into the book You know what I mean That grip a book develops onto your mind when it s really goodwell, that didn t happen until the very end It s like the author wrote several parts to each chapter, then arranged them carelessly before beginning the next one Despite her lack of organization, she captured the true identity of being a muse The beauty, heartache, and complete absence of your own identity remained a constant theme in this book However, at the It took forever to finally get into the book You know what I mean That grip a book develops onto your mind when it s really goodwell, that didn t happen until the very end It s like the author wrote several parts to each chapter, then arranged them carelessly before beginning the next one Despite her lack of organization, she captured the true identity of being a muse The beauty, heartache, and complete absence of your own identity remained a constant theme in this book However, at the end we realize that our misery and journey in life can inspire someone in unimaginable ways Throughout Tanya s relationship with Mark she wished to inspire him She wanted to be the inspiration that played a part in his novelsbut in order to inspire, that can t be a desire True inspiration comes from people that never aim to do so, because at that point you re no longer being authentic Inspiration is beauty in a fleeting moment, and a fleeting moment cannot be planned If you do decide to read this book, let it serve as a reminder that true beauty and inspiration can never be forced The most beautiful aspects of life are meant to cherished as they come, not planned down to the tiniest detail It s an awesome reminder for writers and artists alike Moved slow It seems like there is a lotdiscussion of the muse who the narrator is trying to emulate than of the narrator herself Not much of a story here, I could sum it all up in one or two sentences but I don t want to give spoilers. I enjoyed this novel and especially the author s writing about identity formation in childhood early adulthood She wrote about this with a subtle hand, showing how the protagonist becomes the image in the mirror that she sees held up to her But the author also makes us gently aware that the protagonist is looking eagerly into this mirror Isn t that nearly the picture perfect definition of adolescence I admired the creativity of the plot, which reminded me of something Woody Allen might come u I enjoyed this novel and especially the author s writing about identity formation in childhood early adulthood She wrote about this with a subtle hand, showing how the protagonist becomes the image in the mirror that she sees held up to her But the author also makes us gently aware that the protagonist is looking eagerly into this mirror Isn t that nearly the picture perfect definition of adolescence I admired the creativity of the plot, which reminded me of something Woody Allen might come up with And there s lots of good internal dialogue that captures the je ne sais quoi of youthful insecurity There were at times a too tongue in cheek, aren t I clever attitude that crept in that I noticed Or maybe it was some awkwardness in the author s writing that she had trouble smoothing out Oh well So it s not perfect.I liked this book quite a bit and do recommend it A very solid 3 rating or a shakier 4 star because I liked it and found it endearing i would have given this five stars if not for the last sixty pages, which revealed not only awkward moments of dialogue, but the two dimensionality of her supporting cast i found myself wondering, is this just chick lit no, it isn t it s much smarter, but it did strain credibility many times i doubt any real mark would have been so easily contented and not shown frightening bouts of anger to his muse, but then, i was never anyone s anna grigorievna so perhaps i shouldn t use my own experie i would have given this five stars if not for the last sixty pages, which revealed not only awkward moments of dialogue, but the two dimensionality of her supporting cast i found myself wondering, is this just chick lit no, it isn t it s much smarter, but it did strain credibility many times i doubt any real mark would have been so easily contented and not shown frightening bouts of anger to his muse, but then, i was never anyone s anna grigorievna so perhaps i shouldn t use my own experiences to question tanya s oddly stable if unsatisfying arrangement with mark in the end, i was not disappointed and will move on to her book of short stories after makingprogress in brothers karamazov I m currently reading this book Well, actually I had to put it down I was utterly bored and I got as far as page 28 I read about this writer in the NYT recently, about her third book, Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love I was really anxious to read anything about this author The review of her current book and interview made her writing sound lyrical and well, literary.When I started the book, I found it utterly boring for about the first 35 pages I just didn t get it Not at first S I m currently reading this book Well, actually I had to put it down I was utterly bored and I got as far as page 28 I read about this writer in the NYT recently, about her third book, Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love I was really anxious to read anything about this author The review of her current book and interview made her writing sound lyrical and well, literary.When I started the book, I found it utterly boring for about the first 35 pages I just didn t get it Not at first So I put it down and wasn t sure Eventually I picked up the book again and trudged on What eventually made it interesting for me was how the author tied in the historical life of the muse Polina and Dostoevsky with the narrator s life I found Tanya s relationship with Mark the most interesting part of the book.Vapnyar s writing was lyrical and profound in some areas Considering that English is her second language, it is a triumph that she writes so well in this language Having heard great things about her short stories, I was a little disappointed in this novel but I would be sure to read other works by her Overall, I give this novel 3 stars because it began very slowly and I felt like it took too long to get to the most interesting parts of the story However, I thought it was worth the read overall So I got this book at a People who work in publishing Christmas book swap party and set about reading it one chapter at a time in the bath It s been way too hot for baths lately, so it took me forever to finish it.The best thing about this book is the prose which manages to be lyrical at the right times and unassuming and easy to read at all other times I liked the beginning with its almost morbid description of uninspiring people unmuse like people quite a bit, but felt intertwining t So I got this book at a People who work in publishing Christmas book swap party and set about reading it one chapter at a time in the bath It s been way too hot for baths lately, so it took me forever to finish it.The best thing about this book is the prose which manages to be lyrical at the right times and unassuming and easy to read at all other times I liked the beginning with its almost morbid description of uninspiring people unmuse like people quite a bit, but felt intertwining the story of Dostoyevsky and his muse mistress Polina took a lot away from the story It was difficult to know how to read those sections are they historical Are they a fictionalized account of what the story might be I never really found them all that interesting At best we re given rough sketches of these figures.I also wasn t overly fond of the ending, which seemed to be unable to decide whether it wanted to be happy or sad, cynical or optimistic So it tried to be all of the above And while the twist in the last few pages was interesting, I m not sure why we couldn t just have that instead of a full account of where the MC ended up It made the whole thing feel forced and sentimental Disclosure This review was written by an author, see my review policy forinformation If your notion of a muse is someone like Maud Gonne, Fanny Brawne or Lou Andreas Salome a strong willed woman, capable of kindness or cruelty but with firm sense of her own boundaries then you may at first be disappointed in Lara Vapnyar s version, which is based on Dostoevsky s Apollinaria Suslova, the kind of hysterically self destructive, untethered woman that inspired reams of 19th century Russian prose Curiously, the narrator of this novel, a young Russian ex pat named Tatiana, sees If your notion of a muse is someone like Maud Gonne, Fanny Brawne or Lou Andreas Salome a strong willed woman, capable of kindness or cruelty but with firm sense of her own boundaries then you may at first be disappointed in Lara Vapnyar s version, which is based on Dostoevsky s Apollinaria Suslova, the kind of hysterically self destructive, untethered woman that inspired reams of 19th century Russian prose Curiously, the narrator of this novel, a young Russian ex pat named Tatiana, sees Suslova as a role model, though she is troubled by the woman s lonely, miserable existence Tatiana, unable to see a future for herself beyond musedom, eventually finds her own novelist her English isn t good enough to make a accurate determination about his greatness in Central Park, and subsequently moves in with him, where she discovers that her boyfriend believes she is, not his muse, but his Anna Grigorievna, Dostoevsky s boring, practical, utterly submissive wife Tatiana discovers a few other things as well, and is able to rescue herself from the passivity and co dependency of her muse fantasy into a semblance of a good American life In doing so, she lays waste to generations of Russian gender stereotypes and takes the reader on a brief, amusing, pleasurably ironic journey between two great nations with two very different worldviews 3.5 stars Tanya lives in Russia with her mother, an academic She has recently graduated with a degree in history, and has managed to get a visa to emigrate to the U.S There, she lives with her aunt and uncle, working in a menial job to pay her bills while she searches for ameaningful position She has always been enad with Dostoyevski, and relates to his glamorous mistress, Polina rather than his devoted wife, Anna When she meets an author at a book event and he invites her out, s 3.5 stars Tanya lives in Russia with her mother, an academic She has recently graduated with a degree in history, and has managed to get a visa to emigrate to the U.S There, she lives with her aunt and uncle, working in a menial job to pay her bills while she searches for ameaningful position She has always been enad with Dostoyevski, and relates to his glamorous mistress, Polina rather than his devoted wife, Anna When she meets an author at a book event and he invites her out, she decides that she wants to become his muse, and purchases a diary to record her thoughts, much like Polina did with hers There are excerpts from Polina s diary throughout the story, detailing her sometimes volatile relationship Tanya s relationship with the author progress to the point of her moving in with him, and she does her best to inspire him to write his next novel But as time goes on, she becomes dissatisfied with her situation as she begins to grow as a person Tanya must decide is she is a Polina or an Anna and which road she wants to take going forward The book has a Russian flair to it, and it took a while, but I became intrigued with Tanya and her journey as the book progressed I would actually rate this at about 3.5 stars, as it was interesting but uneven Since it is different than a lot of books I ve recently read, I rounded up instead of down The pacing in the first 75% of the book is fairly slow too slow in some places, IMO The last 25% of the book jumps through major life events with only a sentence paragraph or two on life after muse, so I would have liked a littledetail toward the end, an opportunity to see this somewhat lost girl emerge as afu I would actually rate this at about 3.5 stars, as it was interesting but uneven Since it is different than a lot of books I ve recently read, I rounded up instead of down The pacing in the first 75% of the book is fairly slow too slow in some places, IMO The last 25% of the book jumps through major life events with only a sentence paragraph or two on life after muse, so I would have liked a littledetail toward the end, an opportunity to see this somewhat lost girl emerge as afully formed woman, and aeven flow throughout.The main character is fairly engaging and sympathetic, but could have been so with some refinement Similarly, the story could have had a littledepth to it, as it often felt superficial Granted, I read it wanting something not too deep, but it felt a little vague in parts in some sense like the author wasof an acquaintance of the character rather than her creator It was a fun story that could have been better I m glad I picked it up ^KINDLE ⇪ Memoirs of a Muse ↵ Tanya is a typical teenager living with her bookish professor mother in a cramped Soviet apartment She is obsessed with Dostoyevksy, and noticing that he always portrays his mistress and muse in his novels never his wife she determines to become a companion to a great writer Her opportunity comes when, as a college graduate newly emigrated to America, she attends a Manhattan bookstore reading by Mark Schneider, a Significant New York Novelist Tanya quickly moves in with Mark, ready to dazzle in bed, to serve and inspire if only he would spend a little time writing But as she struggles to better understand her role as Muse, Tanya also learns than she expected about the destiny she has imagined for herselfA touching and very funny novel in the great tradition of Russian realism, Memoirs of a Muse is also a lively meditation on the mysteries and absurdities of artistic inspiration From the Trade Paperback edition