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The Museum of Modern Love - Book Review

Updated: Jun 19, 2020

by Heather Rose



3 stars


Heather Rose's writing is beautiful. I loved the personal relationships, and particularly the poignant and extraordinary description near the end of the book, of Lydia in Hospice care. I will say no more for fear of spoilers, but I have yet to read a more compelling and heart-rending account of Lydia's condition.

My problem with this book is Marina Abramovic, 'The Artist is Present'. Half way though the book I Googled the name and realised she was a real person. I am struggling to find appropriate words for her and her art, but clearly, the woman strikes a chord with many readers. I was not moved or engaged, and as Marina's artistic activities occupy most of the story, I was disappointed and unsatisfied with this read.

I offer no criticism of The Museum of Modern Love but I am left wondering what it was that so many readers loved and I could not. Maybe one day I will re-read this work.

If you are thinking of reading this book, Google Marina Abramovic and acquaint yourself with her stratosphere. It might help.

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