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This audiobook kept my attention throughout, but I felt the earlier, John Ruskin centered passages wereinteresting than the later parts about Effie s marriage to Millais and her children However, with the audiobook, you don t get to see the pictures which I assume were in the book it is in part about an artist and his models and it is hard to judge whether the author is over dramatizing incidents I suspect, however, that much if not all of the description is supported by the parties e This audiobook kept my attention throughout, but I felt the earlier, John Ruskin centered passages wereinteresting than the later parts about Effie s marriage to Millais and her children However, with the audiobook, you don t get to see the pictures which I assume were in the book it is in part about an artist and his models and it is hard to judge whether the author is over dramatizing incidents I suspect, however, that much if not all of the description is supported by the parties extensive correspondence This is an excellent look into the life of Effie Grey, who is primarily known for her marriages in the world of Victorian art Cooper had unprecedented access to Effie s letters, generously lent by the Millais family For the most part, Cooper makes excellent use of them as she untangles Effie s first, and rather troubled, marriage to John Ruskin Ruskin s voice is so powerful and so authoritative even all these years later that it is a joy to finally hear Effie, to get her side of the tale How This is an excellent look into the life of Effie Grey, who is primarily known for her marriages in the world of Victorian art Cooper had unprecedented access to Effie s letters, generously lent by the Millais family For the most part, Cooper makes excellent use of them as she untangles Effie s first, and rather troubled, marriage to John Ruskin Ruskin s voice is so powerful and so authoritative even all these years later that it is a joy to finally hear Effie, to get her side of the tale However, I would have liked to have literally heard her voiceinstead of the novel like descriptions of what Effie must have been feeling or seeing that Cooper relied upon to set the scene Cooper also worked to rehabilitate Effie s reputation as the cause of Millais selling out and her discussion on the working relationship in their marriage is a must for any Millais scholar.The early chapters on the Ruskin marriage annulment are the strongest, perhaps because they are naturally the most dramatic and are the best documented in Effie s correspondence After Effie s marriage to Millias, Cooper s sense of time starts to unravel I enjoyed and commend Cooper s tackling the idea of how Effie s surprising stand against Ruskin fighting for an annulment and her freedom instead of quietly moving out of the house affected future generations of women in her family and women as a whole Cooper demonstrates the trajectory of women s freedom and how the vanguard soon becomes the status quo However, she often jumps around too much in time, leaving the reader feeling a bit adrift Her chapter on Sophy Grey, Effie s young sister, is likewise rich, though it too often felt like armchair psychology.Overall an excellent and revealing biography of an exceptional woman Just watched a movie based on this three characters, written by Emma Thompson A look at the scandalous love triangle between Victorian art critic John Ruskin, his teenage bride Effie Gray, and Pre Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. This account is about three prominent people in Victorian England Effie married a man who was abusive and refused to consummate their relationship She sued for an annulment which was unheard of at the time He was an up and coming art critic She and one of her first husband s associates, a famous painter in his own right, fall in love, marry have 8 children The book explores these and other close relationships with a watchful eye.The book is also about what it was like to live in Victorian This account is about three prominent people in Victorian England Effie married a man who was abusive and refused to consummate their relationship She sued for an annulment which was unheard of at the time He was an up and coming art critic She and one of her first husband s associates, a famous painter in his own right, fall in love, marry have 8 children The book explores these and other close relationships with a watchful eye.The book is also about what it was like to live in Victorian society I learned several important things 1 The life of women at the time was repressed, oppressed, and only significant when associated with a man 2 Most of these people suffered from ill health Medicine was very backward Most doctors prescribed behavioral treatments or other superstitious remedies that were ineffective 3 Many suffered from mental illness anorexia, depression, and anxiety but these were often experienced and treated as body maladies 4 Childbirth was dangerous For example, Effie s mother had 17 pregnancy and lost 8 of them Overall, the story was sad and made me glad I was born during aenlightened time I really enjoyed this book The Pre Raphaelites are one of my favorite periods of art, so I m always glad to read a story related to them Effie Gray was a beautiful educated young woman when she married art critic John Ruskin at age 19 Ruskin had become obsessed with her at age 12, but when he saw her on their wedding night, it was not what he had expected I did some research on him after reading the book and it looks like he was not homosexual as some have suggested but may have been a pedop I really enjoyed this book The Pre Raphaelites are one of my favorite periods of art, so I m always glad to read a story related to them Effie Gray was a beautiful educated young woman when she married art critic John Ruskin at age 19 Ruskin had become obsessed with her at age 12, but when he saw her on their wedding night, it was not what he had expected I did some research on him after reading the book and it looks like he was not homosexual as some have suggested but may have been a pedophile, although looking at child pornography was not illegal or considered dangerous during the Victorian Age It can be linked through several of his relationships with young girls that he usually fell in love with them at a very young age, but was less interested once they got older In any case, he did not consummate his marriage to Effie, even though they were married for 6 or 7 years Effie wanted to get out of the marriage, and so filed for annulment and Ruskin was pronounced impotent While she was married to Ruskin, she fell in love with Ruskin s young prot g , John Everett Millais, whom she later married This first half of the book was fascinating and very well done Although Ruskin is made to look like a crazy pervert and his parents come off rather creepy as well, I m still very curious about his books as they sound fascinating It seems that Effie did marry a very brilliant man, but one with almost no social skills I rather think the author should ve stopped the book at the halfway mark, but she decided to continue and talk about Effie and Millais s or Everett as he was known marriage, their children, and Everett s art career with and after the Pre Raphaelites There was a lot of talk calling Everett a sell out after he left the Pre Raphaelite Brotherhood or PRB , but I think he was ingenious Unlike a lot of other artists of the period, he had to support himself and his wife and eight children, so he did whatever he had to do to survive and make money So yes, his picture style naturally changes from the Medieval detailed look of his earlier pictures to theAesthetic looking pictures of his later career Pretty much everyone knows who Millais is from one of his PRB paintings Ophelia I liked how much Effie and her family were and how much she depended on them to deal with her marriages and loss of children I thought the chapter on Sophy Gray, Effie s younger Gray, particularly interesting As to whether or not Sophy and Everett had an affair, I cannot speculate on that It is intriguing to note that there will be two movies out in 2014 about Effie Gray, though I think I will see the one written by Emma Thompson 4 stars Excellent, although possibly not organized in the best way Flashbacks are confusing. Pretty interesting biography of the wife of John Ruskin perhaps the first section on their doomed marriage is the most compulsive part Ruskin remains a total enigma genius in the art world, a man who liked his own company, liked living with his parents, liked little girls but not women just why did he saddle himself with a wife As the much younger Effie, ignored and untouched by her husband, takes to socializing, she faces the increasing unpleasantness of Ruskin and his doting parents A Pretty interesting biography of the wife of John Ruskin perhaps the first section on their doomed marriage is the most compulsive part Ruskin remains a total enigma genius in the art world, a man who liked his own company, liked living with his parents, liked little girls but not women just why did he saddle himself with a wife As the much younger Effie, ignored and untouched by her husband, takes to socializing, she faces the increasing unpleasantness of Ruskin and his doting parents And as a growing friendship develops with her husband s prot g , artist John Millais, separation is on the cards.The scandal in Victorian England of divorce following this non marriage much public censure, particularly of Effie and the subsequent life with Millais takes up the rest of the volume Effie remained close all her life to her family in Scotland, and they, too, form a large part of the narrative, notably her sister mentally ill and anorexic Effie and Millais went on to have eight children, who also brought their issues and who seem to have been shunted off a lot to their maternal grandparents And all the time Millais reputation in the art world grewVery readable Such a fascinating book about art and women in Victorian England I would have liked to goin depth in some areas, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Effie Gray, from her disastrous first marriage to her life as the wife, social secretary, and business advisor to the greatest painter of the Victorian age Particularly valuable is Cooper s defence of Millais s development out of the PRB, though I could have done with muchdepth A great book for any fan of Pre Raphaelites, Victoriana Such a fascinating book about art and women in Victorian England I would have liked to goin depth in some areas, but I thoroughly enjoyed the story of Effie Gray, from her disastrous first marriage to her life as the wife, social secretary, and business advisor to the greatest painter of the Victorian age Particularly valuable is Cooper s defence of Millais s development out of the PRB, though I could have done with muchdepth A great book for any fan of Pre Raphaelites, Victoriana, or clever and entrepreneurial women Wow I ve always admired Pre Raphaelite art and I d heard a few things here and there about Effie Gray, the wife of painter John Everett Millais, but I had no idea that she d been through so much grief with her first husband, the critic John Ruskin.Ruskin never consummated his marriage to Effie he had a taste for slender young girls in early adolescence John Ruskin loved young girls, innocents on the verge of womanhood He became enchanted with twelve year old Effie when she visited Herne Hil Wow I ve always admired Pre Raphaelite art and I d heard a few things here and there about Effie Gray, the wife of painter John Everett Millais, but I had no idea that she d been through so much grief with her first husband, the critic John Ruskin.Ruskin never consummated his marriage to Effie he had a taste for slender young girls in early adolescence John Ruskin loved young girls, innocents on the verge of womanhood He became enchanted with twelve year old Effie when she visited Herne Hill in the late summer of 1840 The next time he saw her, John Ruskin felt she was very graceful but had lost something of her good looks After he had won her hand in 1847 and she was still only nineteen Effie was too old to be truly desirable The last girl he developed a crush on was just ten years old.Ruskin tried to make people believe the rift was all Effie s fault because she was mentally ill and that he had taken the blame for the failed marriage to spare her Creepy Gaslighting Alert Ruskin had been friends with John Everett Millais Effie s new husband , and after this mess told Millias he wanted to remain friends Millais naturally declined.This is a great story, well written and researched ^DOWNLOAD ↡ Effie: The Passionate Lives of Effie Gray, John Ruskin and Millais ↠ Effie Cooper has gained exclusive access to Effie s previously unseen letters and diaries to tell the complete story of this scandalous love triangle This passionate love story also looks at the work of both Ruskin and Millais with Effie emerging as a key figure in their artistic development Full description