The 5 Best Books meme is hosted by Cassandra at Indie Reader Houston.
This week's topic: The 5 Best Real People in Fiction
- John Singer Sargent and Virginie Gautreau in I am Madame X by Gioia Diliberto. This is an interesting novel about the creation of a painting that, in its day, created quite a scandal at the Paris Salon. I had the opportunity of seeing the real work on a visit to London several years ago and I think I appreciated it more because I read about its (fictionalized) creation.
- Leo and Sofya Tolstoy in The Last Station by Jay Parini. I admit, I have a girl crush on Helen Mirren, so I may have enjoyed the movie more than the book, but the novel is definitely worth reading.
- Captain Alfred Dreyfus in A Man in Uniform by Kate Taylor. He's not a true character in this novel, per se, but his imprisonment under questionable circumstances is the crux of the plot.
- Pablo Picasso in Guernica by Dave Boling. Again he is not a true character, but the novel does describe the creation of his masterpiece based on the destruction of the Basque city during the Spanish Civil War.
Hmmm -- and I thought I couldn't come up with a list for this topic!