Hi everyone! Today I will be reviewing Poets, Artists, Lovers by Mira Tudor. The novel is set in Romania in the nineties and early noughties, and follows a group of friends who are all artistic in some way. We have Henriette who is a sculptor caught between two men, her sister Alice, a writer with an interest in art history, Ela, a piano teacher turned book reviewer, and translator Anca. The group often meet up at monthly parties hosted by Pamfil, a violinist with a passion for sixties music who is a suitor to Henriette. As the novel progresses we watch the four women attempt to create art while navigating their relationships.
I liked the friendships depicted between the four main characters. In a lot of fiction I’ve read which features female friendships their conversations are dominated by men. They aren’t given much else to talk about. In Poets, Artists, Lovers we have a lovely mixture of topics. Yes, there is some talk about boyfriends, but the characters also talk about trivial things (gaining weight) and broach more serious subjects like art and philosophy. I felt that gave them more of a personality and you were able to care for them. In particular I liked the friendship between Henriette and Alice. They each had their own distinct voice which I liked, and I always enjoyed reading their debates, especially as one is an artist and the other studied art. You were given different perspectives on the same subject. I’m interested in art though know little about it so I found the facts Alice mentioned fascinating, and liked how Tudor got into the mindset of an artist trying to create work.
The one aspect of the novel I’m unsure of is the relationship between Henriette and Haralambie. I was never sure why they were together, or how they got together in the first place. That aspect felt underdeveloped, especially compared to the relationship between Henriette and Pamfil. As a result, I didn’t quite see the struggle she had deciding between the two men (though admittedly I was pleasantly surprised by her decision). I would’ve liked to have seen more of Haralambie and maybe then her dilemma would have been clearer. There were also two spelling mistakes but they weren’t frequent enough to ruin my enjoyment or pull me out of the book.
Overall I really enjoyed Poets, Artists, Lovers. I felt the friendships depicted were very realistic and my favourite parts were when they got together. The fact that the acronym for the title is PAL pretty much sums it up. If you are a massive fan of art you’ll find plenty to enjoy as the discussions about the art world are interesting, or if you’re a bit of an amateur (like me) you might learn something new. While there were a couple of flaws they didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story and Mira Tudor seems a very promising author.
Poets, Artists, Lovers is available on Kindle here.
Book was sent for review by author.