‘Gastien Part 1: The Cost of the Dream’ by Caddy Rowland
I was given the opportunity to read and review this book by Caddy Rowland herself. I didn’t really know what it was about as such and wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I truly enjoyed it. This book is the first in the series.
The story takes place in nineteenth century France. The reader is first introduced to the main character Gastien Beauchamp, as a 43 year old man, in his studio at Montmartre. Then we learn about him growing up and at what cost he would achieve his one real dream in life.
Gastien is brought up on a farm. The eldest of his siblings, he is expected to work hard even as a little boy. His father is a very cruel man who beats him often and gives him verbal abuse. All poor Gastien wants to do is to be able to paint and be an artist, but his father thinks his dream is too feminine and doesn‘t want to know about it. Luckily for Gastien though, his mother believes in him and helps him as much as she can even though she also gets beaten. When Gastien is nearly eighteen he is kicked out of his home by his father and so makes his own way to Paris. He faces many hardships including sleeping on the streets and having to search in the garbage bins for food. A lot of the time he doesn’t know where his next meal will come from. Being a young man he is also anxious to explore his sexuality and wants to be a great lover. He wants women to enjoy sex. But he doesn’t let himself get too close to anyone. He wants to be an artist and can’t have anything getting in his way.
I found this book to be very addictive reading and thought it to be very well written. I really felt for Gastien and all he went through. Just when he seemed to be getting back on his feet something else would happen. Some of the things he went through were just shocking. He was forced to do the most awful things just so he could get money in order to be able to rent a studio for himself. I guess when you are really desperate though you take all kinds of risks.
I found having the glossary at the front of the book to be very handy. Some of the language was pretty colourful to say the least, but it sounded good in French. The author has also included an endnote for each French word the first time it is used, as a reminder.
If you enjoy reading this book, I’m sure like me you will be waiting eagerly to read Part 2 which will be out soon. I certainly can’t wait to read it!
I give this book 5 out of 5.
Here are some links which the author has asked me to add to the end of my review.
Caddy Rowland’s Blog – http://caddyrowlandblog.blogspot.com – Writer of Fiction, Painter of Life & Energy
Fan Page – http://www.facebook.com/Gastien.Beauchamp (Don’t forget to hit the ‘Like’ button)
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