Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Review: "A Gift From Brittany" by Marjorie Price
When Yves begins to change drastically- he flies into violent rages and forbids Marjorie to paint- their marriage begins to unravel and Marjorie moves to their home in Brittany to oversee the renovations on her own, taking Danielle with her. It is the unexpected friendship that she forms with Jeanne, a villager in her 70's who has lived in Brittany her whole life, that will help Marjorie to weather the emotional storms ahead.
A Gift From Brittany pays homage to a time and a place removed from the hustle and bustle of the world now. Life seemed so much simpler in Brittany- neighbors helped neighbors, church was still a priority, and sitting in front of the television wasn't an option for entertainment. Towards the end of the book Marjorie begins to mourn the loss of this way of life, as even Brittany caught up with the times eventually.
The friendship between Marjorie and Jeanne is what made this book so special. Despite the fact that Marjorie is in her early 30's when she meets Jeanne, they form a special bond. Jeanne is able to help Marjorie put things, especially difficult things, into perspective, and she is the one who helps Marjorie adjust to life in the country. In return, Marjorie provides Jeanne with new experiences, and a few things that will help make life for Jeanne less difficult. Both of them are left with a lasting friendship, one that will remain long after Marjorie leaves Brittany for good.
This was an enjoyable memoir, reminiscient of the way that things used to be. I greatly enjoyed reading about the people and the ways of Brittany, as well as the art that Marjorie created while in France, and recommend this to anyone who is either a fan of Marjorie Price's work, or of memoirs in general. Thank-you to the publicist for this review copy, and come back tomorrow for an interview with Marjorie Price as well as a giveaway!
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Recommended to: Fans of Marjorie Price's art or art in general, memoir fans
Challenges: 2010 100+ Reading Challenge, New Author Challenge 2010