The Age of Light

The Age of Light

A Novel

Book - 2019
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A novel inspired by the life of the Vogue model-turned-renowned photographer finds Lee Miller relocating to 1929 Paris, where she becomes the muse and colleague of the mercurial surrealist, Man Ray.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: 1st ed
Branch Call Number: FICTION SCH
Characteristics: 376 p. ; 24 cm


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May 25, 2019

The elements of a good story were there- Woman photographer in the '40s with an element of historic fiction, timely consideration to woman not credited for noteworthy accomplishments, the usual intimate relationships with men, a tad of drugs/fetish... The art and photography of the main female character and her relationship to Man were underdeveloped due to other distractions. Could have been more serious.

VaughanPLKim May 18, 2019

Prior to reading this book, I wasn't familiar with Lee Miller. She is a former model who struggles to be taken seriously as a photographer, and even her mentor/lover, Man Ray, discredits her work. The story jumps between Miller's time in Paris working with Ray and her time as a photojournalist during World War II. Unfortunately the two narratives don't come together that well. I would have enjoyed the book more if it had simply focused on Miller's Paris years. The pacing was a bit slow at times but the ending is satisfying.

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