The Bridal Chair

The Bridal Chair In prose as painterly and evocative as Chagall s own dazzling brushstrokes Gloria Goldreich finely evokes one of the most significant masters of modern art through the discerning eyes of his loyally

  • Title: The Bridal Chair
  • Author: Gloria Goldreich
  • ISBN: 9781492603269
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • In prose as painterly and evocative as Chagall s own dazzling brushstrokes, Gloria Goldreich finely evokes one of the most significant masters of modern art through the discerning eyes of his loyally protective daughter Cynthia Ozick, award winning author of Foreign Bodies Ida Chagall, the only daughter of Marc Chagall, is blossoming in the Paris art world beyond he In prose as painterly and evocative as Chagall s own dazzling brushstrokes, Gloria Goldreich finely evokes one of the most significant masters of modern art through the discerning eyes of his loyally protective daughter Cynthia Ozick, award winning author of Foreign Bodies Ida Chagall, the only daughter of Marc Chagall, is blossoming in the Paris art world beyond her father s controlling gaze But her newfound independence is short lived In Nazi occupied Paris, Chagall s status as a Jewish artist has made them all targets, yet his devotion to his art blinds him to their danger.When Ida falls in love and Chagall angrily paints an empty wedding chair The Bridal Chair in response, she faces an impossible choice Does she fight to forge her own path outside her father s shadow, or abandon her ambitions to save Chagall from his enemies and himself Brimming with historic personalities from Europe, America and Israel, The Bridal Chair is a stunning portrait of love, fortitude, and the sharp divide between art and real life Only Gloria Goldreich could write a novel so grounded in historical truths yet so exuberantly imaginative The Bridal Chair is Goldreich at her best, with a mesmerizing plot, elegant images, and a remarkable heroine whowill remain with you long after the last page Francine Klagsburn, Jewish Week columnist and acclaimed author of Voices of Wisdom.

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    1. A lush powerful sprawling novel of glorious art, history, war, politics, love, lies, secrets, Jewish history -Jewish culture, betrayal, reconciliation, friendships, community, death, birth, which spans over two continents. "The Bridal Chair" is good old fashion storytelling entertainment. The perfect 'escape' novel. The characters linger in your heart and mind, as they are very well-developed. Gloria Goldreich's excellent pacing creates a page-turner that is hard to put down, although length mig [...]

    2. Extending in depth far beyond the whimsically portrayed "bridal chair" painting featured on the book's cover and in the plot summary, I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed this richly detailed, evocative, and engrossing personal story that is based on the lives of Ida Chagall, her father and famous artist, Marc Chagall, and her mother, Bella, along with those they welcome into their circle.  The characters are very well developed and there is a fulfilling amount of historical de [...]

    3. The Bridal Chair is a sprawling historical saga that follows the life and fortunes of the Chagall family, filtered through the eyes of Chagall’s daughter Ida. These are turbulent times, especially for Jews and especially in France where Chagall makes his home. It’s a wonderfully compelling tale, rich with historical and biographical detail and featuring a host of well-known names from the world of art. Marc Chagall himself certainly doesn’t come out well from his portrayal by Goldreich, an [...]

    4. First half was interesting and then it slowed down for me. Marc was so selfish, naive and irresponsible that it was hard for me care enough to keep reading through the second half of the book and I didn't finish it.

    5. Beim Stöbern auf bin ich zufällig auf "Die Tochter des Malers" gestoßen und habe es sofort auf meine Wunschliste gesetzt, da ich die Gemälde von Marc Chagall liebe, bisher aber nur wenig über ihn als Person weiß. Außerdem ist es ein Buch, das den 2.Weltkrieg und den Holocaust thematisiert. Da diese beiden Themen schon vor langem mein Interesse geweckt haben und mir mittlerweile auch sehr am Herzen liegen, lese ich solche Geschichten unglaublich gerne. Bis zum Erscheinungstag des Buches m [...]

    6. Originally posted on blog: mamareniazen.wordpress The Bridal Chair is telling us a story about life of an artist, Marc Chagall, through the eyes of his daughter, Ida.Ida is describing her eccentric father, his artistic way of living and also her overprotective parents. As the story progresses, we can see that the author tries to show the reader through the eyes of young Ida the scenery of politics, art, culture of france and USA during the War. She perfected the description of Paris in 1920s, wh [...]

    7. I'm grateful to the author for the rich biographical detail about Marc Chagall. However the writing was too contrived. This book was in dire need of a better editor to cut away the unnecessary adjectives. How many times do we need reminding that Ida was full-figured? This detracted from the story enough to make me doubt the validity of its content.

    8. I did enjoy the story, but felt it would have been a more concise and stronger storyline with about 150 pages edited out.

    9. We've got company- guest review by Ewelina Rutyna:The Bridal Chair is telling us a story about life of an artist, Marc Chagall, through the eyes of his daughter, Ida. Ida is describing her eccentric father, his artistic way of living and also her overprotective parents. As the story progresses, we can see that the author tries to show the reader through the eyes of young Ida the scenery of politics, art, culture of france and USA during the War. She perfected the description of Paris in 1920s, w [...]

    10. *Only read first half*Rating is mixed for this book. The storyline was exciting and interesting, but the writing was tiring. It seemed as if the author was getting paid per word - I think this book could have been a 5 star book if it was cut down by at least 100 pages. The author was also extremely repetitive with her descriptions of people (I think she called Chagall "elfin" at least 30 times in the first 100 pages). Might pick it back up, but for now I would give it a low review for the writin [...]

    11. I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars but Anyway, I really enjoyed this book but it was much longer than it needed to be. While I love historical fiction, I kept forgetting that even though the characters, places, events were real The story was fabricated. That made it a made confusing at times. Having said that This book does make me want to learn more about Marc Chagall. Both my mom and mother in law adored it. So that should help.

    12. Ida Chagall devoted her life to her father, Marc, allowing him to paint and not worry about day to day life. The beginning of this book was quite harrowing, as war kept closer and closer to France, where the Chagall had escaped to when life in Russia became untenable. As I was reading, I kept stopping to check on what really happened to them, and to look at copies of the paintings and photographs. The painting on the cover is not "The Bridal chair" so I looked that up also. The book is seen thro [...]

    13. I disliked this book intensely. The author seemed to never have met an adjective she didn't like. Every scarf was silken, every flower fragrant, and the protagonists' hair is endlessly referenced in every shade of red in the Crayola box. The bigger problem is that this "style" tries to substitute for substance. Goldreich has details only about the family of Marc Chagall, mainly regarding his difficult exit from France during WW2. Key dates and ages of the characters are largely missing, so when [...]

    14. I thought this would be a history of the works of artist Marc Chagall. Instead it is a very long story of the family, and their lives in Russia, France and the United States during WWII. Frankly the author describes every one of the characters as a very disturbed individual. Ms. Goldreich goes on and on with trivia, and repeated use of words such as "tendrils" of hair, "elfin" appearance, more about hair, and clothing etc. She does not deliver a very well crafted story in my opinion. Everyone se [...]

    15. This story helped personalize a famous artist and his family for me. Halfway through the book I had to google Marc Chagall. Now I need to google the women he loved including his daughter. Chagall's daughter, Ida, is the central character in this novel. I was on the edge of my seat while reading about her attempts to help the family escape France before they became more victims of the Nazi invasion. They knew Marc Chagall was on the list as a "degenerate Jewish artist". The only critique I have i [...]

    16. A very well researched and well told story. An over-protected daughter just begins to assert her independence when WWII catches up to the family and she must acquire the role of parent to her own parents who are paralyzed by fear and denial. The story itself and how it is told is remarkable on its own. The fact that it is about, and contains so many references to, famous people in the arts world of the era makes it even more fascinating. A very good read!

    17. I am sure that I have said it before about other books, but this could actually have been the worst book I ever read and I am impressed that I actually finished it. I was ready to throw it away after page 100, 20, 300, and 400 but I finally pushed through. I better get a medal from the book group for actually finishing it.

    18. a somewhat fictionalized story of Marc Chagall, his wife, Bella & their daughter, Ida before and after the events of WWII. From the back cover: "Brimming with historic personalities from Europe, America and Israel, The Bridal Chair is a stunning portrait of love, fortitude and the sharp divide between art and real life." Now would love to see some of Chagall's paintings.

    19. This historical fiction piece is an engaging read. With the backdrop of WWII and beyond, readers follow the family and travels of the Chagalls. The relationship between Marc Chagall and his only child, Ida, is complicated and intense. He is a self-centered egotist, who believes that neither the Nazis nor anyone else will interfere with his paintings or his very existence. Chagall is depicted as a brilliant artist, but a dependent, insecure man. Ida loves her parents, who have indulged and coddle [...]

    20. "The Bridal Chair" could have been an interesting read had the editor done her job. As it was, the book was overly descriptive, overwrought, and unnecessarily long. How many times did we really need to read a glowing lengthy description of Ida's beautiful copper hair and voluptuous body? Not as many as the author seemed to think. Also it was difficult to accept Ida's unswerving devotion to her amazingly selfish narcissistic paterfamilia. Yes things were different in those days with a higher valu [...]

    21. Oh how I really want to like this book. Other readers had raved about it, saying it was such a good read. I must disagree. While the story is interesting; looking at Marc Chagall's life through the eyes of his daughter, Ida, the writing was pedestrian in my view. Some sections of the book came across better than others. For example, Ida's feverish work to get her parents out of France during WW II was somewhat compelling. But the latter half of the book came across to me as a list; Ida worked on [...]

    22. It was as dazzling as some of Marc Chagall's own artwork. The prose was like poetry. The players complicated. Spanning decades, it illuminates a time period that included pogroms, war, genocide, and the growth of art. Spanning continents, the characters raced to stay ahead--and succeeded. But always at a cost. Fascinating to think about these real people and where fact and fiction begins and ends. And yet, at points it dragged. I wanted Ida to stop being so controlling and controlled. I wanted h [...]

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