Courtesan: A Novel #2020

Courtesan: A Novel By Dora Levy Mossanen Courtesan A Novel Set amid the elegant ch teaux of Belle poque France and the closely guarded world of nineteenth century Persian women Courtesan unfolds with the breathtaking cinematic sweep and stunning visual grand
  • Title: Courtesan: A Novel
  • Author: Dora Levy Mossanen
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  • Page: 231
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  • Courtesan: A Novel By Dora Levy Mossanen Set amid the elegant ch teaux of Belle poque France and the closely guarded world of nineteenth century Persian women, Courtesan unfolds with the breathtaking cinematic sweep and stunning visual grandeur of an epic film At its heart are three unforgettable women Madame Gabrielle, the courtesan whose fateful liaison with the shah of Persia reverberates in the lives of heSet amid the elegant ch teaux of Belle poque France and the closely guarded world of nineteenth century Persian women, Courtesan unfolds with the breathtaking cinematic sweep and stunning visual grandeur of an epic film At its heart are three unforgettable women Madame Gabrielle, the courtesan whose fateful liaison with the shah of Persia reverberates in the lives of her daughter, Fran oise, and her rebellious and brave granddaughter, Simone, whose journey plunges her into the cutthroat diamond trade, where the secrets of an ancient culture may hold the truth she desperately seeks.
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    1. Dora Levy Mossanen

      Dora Levy Mossanen is an American author of historical fiction Her published works include Harem 2002 , Courtesan 2005 , The Last Romanov 2012 and Scent of Butterflies 2014 She is a graduate of the USC Masters of Professional Writing Program and is the recipient of the San Diego State University Editor s Choice Award.Dora was born in Israel as the country was gaining its independence She moved to Iran with her family when she was nine Joining a family whose roots went back 2,500 years in Persia, her first inspiration and invaluable source of history was her grandfather and renowned historian, Doctor Habib Levy Dr Levy introduced Dora to life in Mahaleh, the Jewish ghetto, anti Semitism, and the challenges of being Jewish in a Moslem country.The Islamic Revolution of 1979, the fall of the shah, and arrival of the Ayatollah Khomeini forced Mossanen and her family to leave Iran They settled in California and became part of what is now the largest Iranian community in the United States In 1986, Dora obtained a bachelor s degree in English Literature from the University of California Los Angeles, and in 1990 completed her master s degree in Creative Writing from University of Southern California Tales she had treasured and horded from multiple geographies, cultures, and sensibilities, the outlandish characters she had come across, and the contradictions inherent in the Persian culture came to life in her bestselling novels Harem and Courtesan Garnering critical and international acclaim, her works have been translated into numerous languages worldwide She is the recipient of the prestigious San Diego Editors Choice Award.Lured by the tumultuous political events of Imperial Russia, Mossanen decided to set her third novel, The Last Romanov, during the reign of Nicholas II She extensively researched the Tsarist era, the political upheavals and long drawn revolutions that led to the rise of the Bolsheviks, fall of the Romanovs, and the execution of Tsar Nicholas II, Tsarina Alexandra, and their five children Mossanen studied the art, fashion, and ambience of that period, the characters and eccentricities of the Imperial family, and how their only son s hemophilia devastated their personal life and wreaked havoc on the politics of the country As in her previous novels, Mossanen weaved character of her own creation among historical figures, protagonists such as the opal eyed Darya Borisovna and the Jewish Avram Bensheimer, whose great love test the rigid boundaries of an anti Semite court steeped in myth and superstition.Dora Levy Mossanen is a frequent contributor to numerous media outlets She blogs for The Huffington Post, reviews fiction for the Jewish Journal and has been featured in various mediums and publications, including The Denver Post and Sh ma She has been featured on KCRW, Radio Iran and numerous television programs In 2010, Dora was accepted as contributor to The Bread Loaf Writers Conference

    198 thoughts on “Courtesan: A Novel”

    1. Courtesan 978 0 7432 4678 1When I picked up Mossanen s Courtesan and Harem together at the local half price book store, I hadn t realized at the time that I could easily have just read Harem in order to get the salient contents of both stories Courtesan shares so many elements with Harem that the two books are almost functionally identical Both books center around a multi generational trio of women who are textbook Mary Sue characters Grandmother, mother, and granddaughter all have implausibly c [...]


    2. hmmm I think the author tried to make this book into things it was not It was sort of a romance sort of a mystery and definately a historical novel I didn t really enjoy it but it was short so I finished it I definately want the 2 hours that it took me to read, back I felt a little cheated when it was over and i certainly never really cared about most of the characters The cover art was quite lovely though and I have just made a first in my book reviewing history I just mentioned the cover art


    3. This book is an interesting study in the different definitions of independence and freedom that woman have The three female characters all strive in different directions to find their personal security It has a bit of a slow start, but the eccentricities of all the players set against 19 century France intrigue you to the very end.


    4. Loved her book Harem but this was full of bad romance, bizarre communication with dead writers, and the stereotypical Jew hating Muslim hoards Very disappointing.





    5. Hmm not sure what to say interesting story about a family of Parisian courtesans, who each, in her own unique way, has ties to Persian men oh, and the women are Jewish, just to further complicate things so it s got an interesting Jewish Muslim Euro Arab thing going on, and it could have been good, but damn, this book didn t know what the heck it wanted to be Enigmatic peek into the Muslim world or a bodice ripping lust filled bonk buster Historical fiction, or detective mystery I felt that t [...]


    6. The story was interesting, and I very much wanted to see what was next But there were times when the book didn t know what kind of book it wanted to be exactly And the chapters often lacked comfortable transitions, jolting you from one person or place or time to another without clear explaination None the less, it was an interesting read.


    7. This novel is a good choice for lovers of historical fiction The author makes good use of both language and imagery, which made the novel a pleasure to read My only complaint is that the plot, while intriguing, ended too abruptly.






    8. i didnt realy like it especialy the double plan I would have preferd one plan wich sade te story from beging till the end



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