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As a child growing up in 1920s Paris, Ida Chagall copes with her father Marc Chagall's brilliant artistic mind and overbearing ego and the tight leash he keeps on her. But as Ida blossoms into a young woman, she begins to glimpse freedom and opportunities for herself.

When she falls in love for the first time, her father paints "The Bridal Chair" as her wedding present, a symbol of his anger that pierces Ida to the heart. Against a backdrop of the Nazi invasion of France, Ida fights for her own survival as an independent young woman while nurturing the dark, creative genius of her parents.

©2015 Gloria Goldreich (P)2015 Recorded Books

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  • Me
  • 24-04-18

Review of the reader

The reader was so ridiculously mellow dramatic that it made it hard for me to get through the story. The only reason I kept reading it is because it’s a book my book club chose.

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  • Joanie S.
  • 31-12-17

An award winning narrator?

I was so put off by the narration (should have read other reviews first) that I had to stop listening after 7 hours. Just couldn’t bear it anymore. The shuffling of papers, clearing of throat, dry raspy voice, etc. So distracting. I looked up who this narrator was and was shocked to see how accomplished she is. The story itself wasn’t compelling enough to keep me going.

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  • 25-12-17

An important story but distracting reader

The reader made annoying swallowing sucking chewing slurping noises as she read it was very distracting

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  • Debra Fein
  • 02-12-17

The Bridal Chair

A fascinating story about the inner world's of the Chagalls. Father and daughter are unusually close.

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  • Marilyn
  • 14-08-17

Another World

loved it.Was too long. Got little boring at end. very interesting learning about Chagall's personality and WW II Holocaust experiences. and events.

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  • Robert
  • 24-06-17

Contrived detracting from an in-depth biography

I'm grateful to the author for the rich biographical detail about Marc Chagall. However the writing was too contrived. This book was in dire need of a better editor to cut away the unnecessary adjectives. How many times do we need reminding that Ida was full-figured? This detracted from the story enough to make me doubt the validity of its content.

There were production glitches in the Audible performance - you can hear the performer licking her lips and shuffling the pages throughout. Not sure why these weren't edited out.

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  • deidre flood
  • 02-10-16

the narrator was extremely distracting

The story is wonderful. However, I had to stop listening and get the printed version. The narrator sounds like she is dehydrated and the constant dry mouth sounds are very distracting. If this type of thing does not bother you, by all means get the book from audible. If, like me, you are disturbed by this then get the printed version. It is a fantastic story.

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  • Grandma Gina
  • 03-05-16

You will not want to stop listening!

This is a book that will keep your attention from the very first page to the last word. It combines factual information and the historical periods of the great artist Marc Chagall with the authors imagination. It is very well written and very well narrated by Barbara Rosenblat.
I would recommend to those who like historical fiction, reading about artists, and the Jewish experience in Russia in the early 20th Century, later in Eastern & Western Europe and what they did to survive. As the coordinator of a Book Club I definitely recommend this to Book Clubs.
I gave this book 5 star ratings in all categories because I really feel it is that good. It is the first book in a while that I have taken the time to write a review.

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  • R. Solomon
  • 25-03-16

A wonderful read

I loved this story and all the history that it entailed. I did wish the end would have gone on to tell more about what she did afterwards in her life as well as what happened to Chagall & Va Va.

I enjoyed the narrator as well.

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  • Carol
  • 17-01-16

Chagall Uncovered

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A fascinating "true" story of Ida Chagall, whose first 40 years are spent in "service" to her demanding,yet brilliant father Mark. As an added benefit, Chagall's life experiences give the reader an understanding of many of his paintings.