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A Fine Imitation review Á 103 Alizing while her nights are silent and cold spent waiting alone in her cavernous apartment for a husband who seldom comes homeThen Emil Hallan arrives at The Angelus to paint a mural above its glittering subterranean pool The handsome French artist moves into the building shrouds his work in secrecy and piues Vera’s curiosity especially when the painter keeps dodging uestions about his past Is he the man he claims to be Even as she finds herself increasingly drawn to Hallan’s warmth and passion Vera can’t supress her suspicions After a. He who is subjected to a field of visibility inscribes in himself the power relation in which he simultaneously plays both roles he becomes the principle of his own subjugation Michel Foucault Discipline PunishFoucault was the first to describe in meticulous analytic historical detail that pervading sense we feel to act in prescribed ways to discipline ourselves into conformity We do this Foucault contends because we are inscribed in fields of surveillance we are forever watched counted tracked observed For example FB this site GR our credit card records our dress our jobs even our photo albums these are all ways in which our lives are documented all are records used to evaluatejudge our worthinessstanding F s insights always struck me as much devastating than dystopian visions of state surveillance For at least in that latter case power asserts itself as an external force We thus have some chance of resisting it at least psychologically or spiritually if not materially These chances are shattered to dust by Foucault s panopticon which sows the seeds of self modulation in our very psyches and which thus teaches us to live unuestioning enmeshed in approved conventions and expectations A Fine Imitation is one story of escaping the dreary existence we lead when we chose to abide societal standards than our own will and passions Vera a New York heiress is trapped in a vapid world chock full of society functions charity galas the latest fashion 8 course dinners and so on and the like but entirely void of friendship personal fulfillment and love her husband of course only married her for the name and financial assets The structure alternates timelines in 1910 we follow Vera during her time at Vassar and observe her failed friendship with Bea a vivacious spirited earnest young woman Vera sold out her friend for the sake of remaining in society s good graces In the 1920s we watch as Vera s marriage is derailed by her budding recognition that she has the power to escape her dreary existence The medium of this realization of course is the most cliched trope in the romantic playbook the handsome mysterious foreign brilliant artist who sweeps Vera off her feet in his broody artistic wayMostly I found this book as vapid as Vera s world of high society Vera is a timid pathetic woman an ardent devotee of Society she grovels to Mother and patiently endures her husband s trysts for years No development of her character not even those manifested in the contrived situations woven by Brock convinced me that Vera s journey was plausible If anyone could have escaped her situation in other words I am uite skeptical that it would have been VeraThe characterizations in this book weren t the only thin brittle elements The Gilded Age setting is barely visible and not at all palpable basically people drink at home dinner parties but can t do so out on the town re Prohibition Era The romance is constructed out of 100% recycled materials the dreamy artist the reluctant wife the ways in which the point comes when she inevitably stops resisting tearing his clothes off in fits of rebellion and passionI was riveted for the first half before the story gave way to a full blown Harleuin Brock s language at first was literate if not literary and the story carried an aura of suspense hence 1 to 25 But the latter portion of A Fine Imitation seemed written carelessly in haste without any attempt at originality of plot language or characterizationLastly one significant detractor from my rating but it s a spoilerview spoilerVera runs off with the artist who turns out to be a criminal forger They take on new identities and lead comfortable lives as the artist becomes a set painter in Hollywood He provides so amply that Vera does not have to work and she amuses herself by learning how to cook and such like Moral of the story shed it all leave society s expectations behind to become a fugitive leave an unsuccessful marriage for risking a future with a creepy man you barely know who could as well in real life turn out to be a serious criminal leave an empty life of not providing for yourself to have another man provide for you hide spoiler

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A Fine Imitation review Á 103 Set in the glamorous 1920s A Fine Imitation is an intoxicating debut that sweeps readers into a privileged Manhattan socialite’s restless life and the affair with a mysterious painter that upends her world flashing back to her years at Vassar and the friendship that brought her to the brink of ruinVera Bellington has beauty pedigree and a penthouse at The Angelus the most coveted address on Park Avenue But behind the sparkling social whirl Vera is living a life of uiet desperation Her days are an unbroken loop of empty champagne soaked soci. A Fine Imitation takes place in 1923 in Manhattan and tells the story of Vera Bellington a member of Old New York society Vera is in a loveless marriage and feels trapped behind the facade she is forced to wear to uphold her prominent place in society The narrative switches back and forth from 1923 Manhattan to 1913 when Vera attended Vassar College and studied art and was involved in a scandal When an artist is hired to paint a mural in Vera s building she becomes infatuated with the artist and her facade begins to wear In the end she must make the decision to maintain her place in society or give up everything for loveThis one started off slow for me and I found the characters to be a bit contrived However it was worth reading for the payoff in the end I received a copy of this book from Goodreads in exchange for an honest review

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A Fine Imitation review Á 103 Ll she has plenty of secrets too and some of them involve art forgers like her bold artistically talented former friend Bea who years ago at Vassar brought Vera to the brink of catastrophe and social exileWhen the dangerous mysteries of Emil’s past are revealed Vera faces an impossible choice whether to cling to her familiar world of privilege and propriety or to risk her future with the enigmatic man who has taken her heart A Fine Imitation explores what happens when we realize that the life we’ve always led is not the life we want to ha. I received this book for free through LibraryThing s Early Reviewers I really enjoyed this book It was a well written story about a woman coming to terms with the fact that her life isn t what she wants it to be The only thing I didn t like was that it was a bit elitist The main character Vera is a rich woman from high society so it s sometimes hard to feel bad for her


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    A Fine Imitation E–book/E–pub 35 I love reading about the 20's It's a fun escape and I'm reminded how thankful I am to be living in an age where women have a voice and choicesA Fine Imitation is all about art The authentic and the forgeries It can also be applied to people

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    A Fine Imitation E–book/E–pub A Fine Imitation takes place in 1923 in Manhattan and tells the story of Vera Bellington a member of Old New York society Vera is in a loveless marriage and feels trapped behind the facade she is forced to wear to uphold her prominent place in society The narrative switches back and forth from 1923 Manhattan to 1913 when Vera attended Vassar College and studied art and was involved in a scandal When an artist is hired to paint a mural in V

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    A Fine Imitation E–book/E–pub A Fine Imitation follows the story of Vera a high society socialite during her senior year at Vassar College in 1913 and in New York City ten years later The book alternates between the two timelines Early on we know that some scandal happened while she attended Vassar after meeting another student named Bea who isn't as refined

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    A Fine Imitation E–book/E–pub A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock is a 2016 Crown publication I was provided a copy of this book as a part of the LibraryThing early review programI love the 1920’s and really like books set within that time frame which is what originally drew me to this book not to mention that stunningly beautiful cover As it turns out the story switches

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    A Fine Imitation E–book/E–pub One of the things I loved about A Fine Imitation is the double meaning of the title On one hand it refers to the theme of trying to force ourselves to fit in a predetermined mold set by society On the other it refers to the art forgery that runs as a parallel storyline Readers can analyze the dual meanings of the title as

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