The Age of Light

The Age of Light

A Novel

Book - 2019
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In 1929, Lee Miller went to Paris to start over, to make art instead of being made into it. She soon catches the eye of the famous Surrealist Man Ray. Though he wants to use her only as a model, Lee convinces him to take her on as his assistant and teach her everything he knows. As she works with him in the darkroom, their personal and professional lives become intimately entwined. From the cabarets of bohemian Paris to the battlefields of war-torn Europe during WWII, Lee must grapple with the question of whether it's possible to reconcile romantic desire with artistic ambition-- and what she will have to sacrifice to do so. -- adapted from jacket.
Publisher: New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780316524087
Branch Call Number: FICTION Sch
Description: 376 pages ; 25 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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