I love books that are based on real-life stories, reflect the modern history of the world, are connected to the arts and are excellently written. Germaine’s “You, Fascinating You” has all these ingredients, and much more.
In this book, Germaine explores the life and love story of Hungarian ballerina Margit and Italian composer Pasquale. Torn apart by the fury of World War II, they struggled and survived, becoming eternal thanks to Pasquale’s famous song “Tu, solamente tu”. As the book tagline says, behind every great love song is an unforgettable woman, and in this case, there’s also an unforgettable story.
Germaine could have easily written a factual biography, yet she chose to write a novel, and I applaud her for that. An extraordinarily skillful writer, Germaine’s prose flows, sparkles and shines. Her writing is extremely visual, and as you read the sentences, the images of the story run in front of your eyes.
Once I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down. I became a part of the story as a curious onlooker, and I felt waves of emotions as the story went on. In “You, Fascinating You”, the great love story is sensitively entwined with the turbulent historical background and the social picture of Italy at that time.
I really hope Germaine’s book gets picked for a movie – the film would surely be grandiose, just like the book.