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The Optickal Illusion

This was a book which kept my attention, most of the time. About a scandal which happened in the late eighteenth century, and was so much more than that.

It began from a girl’s dream, a girl’s need, and finally a tribute to a person that was dear in her life. The story is all about that, a woman who seeked fame and fortune. A woman with enough talent to pass for it.

There are appearances of Mary Wollstonecraft just after she married Godwin, as well as other characters. And her words are the most memorable, and one which was the best when it came to how it was. Mary was one of the most interesting women in those times, forward in her ways and mind, and I enjoyed how the author portrayed her.

As a woman who was observant enough, as well as a woman who will understand Ann Jemina the best.

And speaking of which this goes into detail about her, the girl who was responsible and pushed for the artwork to be shown and told to the world. The girl who seemed to bear a lot of secrets behind her. And all of this was made so relatable, that even by the end I still could see why it was so and yet still be surprised.

The plot is slow, but the writing, the emotions more than make up for them. It is beautifully written, carefully arranged so that each chapter will fit perfectly. But the core has been Ann Jemina, what made her be, what caused her to choose this.

I liked how it was all around her and yet it wasn’t just solely her, all the other characters were given enough depth, enough development. From her father, West, Cosway and Opie. They were all developed and distinct.

I just enjoyed and savoured every word of the book as it had satisfied me in a long time, in a way that few books ever did. Something worth reading, if you’re interested in history along with character study, this was just that.

Rating: 5 out of 5


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