Ecstasy

Ecstasy

In the glittering hotbed of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Vienna, one woman?s life would define and defy an era Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss. Gustav Mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her. Poet and novelist Franz Werfel described her as ?one of the very few In the glittering hotbed of turn-of-the-twentieth-century Vienna, one woman?s life would define and defy an era ...

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Title:Ecstasy
Author:Mary Sharratt
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:Ecstasy
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Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:387 pages pages

Ecstasy Reviews

  • Elyse
    Mar 12, 2018
    ?Let?s raise our glasses to Alma Maria Schindler, Fran Zuckerandl said, who has turned the rest of us poor women emerald with envy. Not only is she the most beautiful girl in Vienna, and that?s quite bad enough, she?s also a brilliant pianist. That?s infuriating. But on top o...
  • Kris Waldherr
    Jun 04, 2017
    Read an advance copy of this and loved it. I've been fascinated with Alma Mahler every since I first learned of her life years ago?ECSTASY captures the romantic intensity of Alma's life. Bittersweet and compelling. More to come closer to publication. ...
  • Trish
    Apr 13, 2018
    Ecstasy tells the story of Alma Schindler, a celebrated beauty in Fin-de-Siecle Vienna. She was a gifted pianist and composer, and she was also sought after by many prominent men. She had a passionate flirtation with Gustav Klimt and a romance with Alexander Zemlinsky. Then she met com...
  • Anya Leonard
    Feb 04, 2018
    ?Don?t you know that another person can also be a paradise?? Our protagonist Alma asks us in reference to her relationships with men. This book relates the story of Alma Maria Schindler-Mahler, admired by Gustav Klimt and Gustav Mahler. She is a strong female lead in an era of no...
  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    Apr 30, 2018
    "Ecstasy" is the story of Alma who has played muse to many men that you may have heard of: Walter Gropius, Gustav Klimt, Gustav Mahler, among others. Although her story has often been in the liner notes of the lives of these great creators, Alma was fascinating in her own right as the ...
  • Julianne Douglas
    May 10, 2018
    Seeking to supplement a famous man's public persona with intimate detail, authors of historical fiction often choose the man's wife to narrate his story. It's not often that the woman herself has the potential to rival her husband's brilliance, but such is the situation Mary Sharratt e...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    Jan 09, 2017
    I saw the movie Mahler by Ken Russell a couple of years ago. Well, it's so many years ago that I don't really remember much about it. But, it was my first introduction to Gustav Mahler and his wife Alma. So, when I saw that there would be a book about Alma Mahler was I instantly intere...
  • Caryn
    Apr 29, 2018
    Review & giveaway on my blog: http://www.thebookwhisperer.org/2018/... ...
  • Amy Bruno
    Dec 20, 2017
    Author Mary Sharratt on Blog Tour for ECSTASY, April 10-May 18! ...
  • Jenny Q
    May 23, 2018
    Q&A with Mary Sharratt @ Let Them Read Books! ...
  • Audra (Unabridged Chick)
    Aug 17, 2016
    I knew, from the previous novels of Sharratt's that I've read (the astounding Illuminations and fascinating The Dark Lady's Mask ) that I would love Ecstasy -- even though I feared the story of Alma Mahler's life would frustrate me. However, I should have trusted that Sharratt wo...
  • Patty
    Apr 10, 2018
    I jumped on reading this book because of the author before I knew anything at all about the book. I?ve read several of Ms. Sharratt?s books and enjoyed them so I was excited at the prospect of a new one. When it arrived and I read the synopsis I was intrigued. I will admit to knowi...
  • Stephanie (Bookfever. ♥)
    Jan 29, 2018
    Oh, to sense the heights. To be a mountain. To be great and expansive, bursting with potentiality. I signed up for the blog tour of Ecstasy because the synopsis sounded incredible and right up my alley. In the last year I've become really intrigued with books set in the early 20th...
  • Julie
    May 05, 2018
    Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt is a 2018 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt publication. This story is a fictionalized accounting of composer and pianist Alma Schindler?s life during the period she was married to famed composer Gustav Mahler. As a condition of her marriage, Alma promised...
  • Heather
    Mar 14, 2018
    I received this book from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Alma Mahler was a very interesting woman. She was ambitious in a time and place that did not reward that in upper class white women. She wanted to be a composer but was told that she couldn't if she wanted to ma...
  • Cathy
    May 07, 2018
    Read more reviews like this, plus fascinating author interviews, exclusive guest posts and book extracts, on my blog: https://whatcathyreadnext.wordpress.com/ Alma is beautiful, passionate and independent-minded, fond of poetry, drama and literature and a talented pianist. She also ...
  • Adrienne McDonnell
    Nov 13, 2017
    It's hard to imagine a more glorious subject for a biographical novel than the passionate and spirited composer Alma Mahler. Since receiving an Advanced Reader Copy, I've been engrossed and mesmerized by Alma's story, reading it in the wee hours of the night. What a character, what a l...
  • Linda Zagon
    Mar 23, 2018
    My Review of ?Ecstasy? by Mary Sharratt I loved everything about the Historical Fiction novel ?Ecstasy? by Mary Sharratt. The timeline for this story is the turn of the century, when the various forms of the arts show changes. The story goes to the past and to the future whe...
  • Jill Meyer
    Apr 07, 2018
    How many people reading this review of Mary Sharratt's novel, "Ecstasy". remember the work of a singer-songwriter popular in the 1960's named Tom Leher? He wrote satirical songs about famous people and events, one of whom was a Viennese temptress named Alma Schindler Mahler Gropius Wer...
  • Dani
    Dec 19, 2017
    I love a good book about a strong woman, especially ones from history. Alma was a very interesting woman to read about, but I felt at times that the author could have done more to illuminate her inner life. I was still fascinated and definitely went on to look her up for even more info...
  • Emma
    Dec 02, 2017
    At the outset, Ecstasy showed a lot of promise. I was intrigued by the tale of a young, ambitious woman wanting to do away with the expectations placed upon her and follow her passion. Having studied the work of Gustav Klimt, and in the process become somewhat familiar with his contemp...
  • Christie Sitterly
    Apr 16, 2018
    Mary Sharratt?s Ecstasy is a compelling novel that immediately entrances the reader into the life of Alma Schindler. Alma is a talented fledgling composer in Vienna in the early 1900?s. Her parents wish to marry her off to a man that meets their standards while Alma searches for a ...
  • Ylenia
    Apr 01, 2018
    Dnf @ 26% Unfortunately this was too heavy on the romance for me to enjoy it. I can?t stand to read about talented women who only talk about men, men, men. I understand Alma was young and maybe a bit naive but she had like 5 possible love interests in the first 25% of this boo...
  • Nicole Beaudry
    Apr 30, 2018
    I really, really enjoyed Ecstasy by Mary Sharratt. It documents just over a decade of Alma Maria Schindler's life, from her first kiss with Gustav Klimt, her romance with Alexander Zemlinsky, through her courtship and marriage with the brilliant if dogmatic Gustav Mahler, and the first...
  • Dgordon
    Feb 25, 2018
    A fascinating look at the life of Alma Mahler ne Schindler, married to Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius and Franz Werfel, all three creative geniuses. Who was Alma? A daughter, sister, mother, wife, lover, composer, femme fatale, muse? Certainly a complex woman ahead of her time who def...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Apr 08, 2018
    5 alluring stars to Ecstasy! ? ? ? ? ? (Last vacation review, I promise! ?) In college, I had a poster of Klimt?s painting, The Kiss, hanging on my dorm room wall. It was sultry and magical. My love for art and art history was sparked by my beloved high school art...
  • Kate Eminhizer
    Feb 25, 2018
    I received an advanced reading copy of this title via NetGalley for an honest review. This novel oozes with passion. Passion for music, life and love. The author provides us with a glimpse of society life in Vienna and the dreams and expectations of those living it. I cannot remember ...
  • Michaela
    Mar 11, 2018
    ---- Disclosure: I received this book for free from Goodreads. ---- Well, the cover isn't bad, & the prelude was good. Struggled to get through the 1st chapter. Unconsciously started hard skimming the thing somewhere after the middle of the 2nd chapter, & gave up during the 3r...
  • OLT
    May 10, 2018
    Author Mary Sharratt has a mission: " Writing women back into history." In 2012 she focused on 12th-century Benedictine abbess Hildegard of Bingen in ILLUMINATIONS, showing us a woman expected from a young age to submit herself quietly to God but who refused to lose her identity comple...
  • Denise
    Apr 02, 2018
    At the turn of the twentieth-century, one woman will defy all odds and define The Arts as no one before her has. Alma, a nineteen year old, living in Vienna, with dreams of becoming a composer. Unheard of during this particular time period, especially for a woman, she turns herself ins...