Book Reviews of Frida

Author: Barbara Mujica
ISBN-13: 9780452283039
ISBN-10: 0452283035
Publication Date: 1/29/2002
Pages: 366
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 28 ratings
Publisher: Plume Books
Book Type: Paperback
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If you are interested in Diego Rivera or Frida Kahlo then the book will probably be interesting to you. It was a little boring to me.
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A quick, engrossing read... unfortunately haunted by the knowledge that it's mostly fiction. To believe it is real, even potentially real, adds a great deal to the story.
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This was a really good look into the life of the famous artist Frida Kahlo. The story is narrated from her younger sister Christina's perspective.

Christina is an eyewitness to the life and death of Frida Kahlo, and this book will keep you reading till the very end of her story.
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A colorful story of the life of Frida Kahlo. It shows you what here life was like and the inspiration for her art set in the backround of Mexico durning one of it's many revolutions.
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Marvelous novel that I have read twice ... truly takes you into Frida's world, you can nearly taste the colours of her Mexico as you read. Breath taking!
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Frida by Barbara Mujica is a fascinating historical novel about a fascinating woman. Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter born in 1907. She was firecracker of a woman who painted with gusto despite the fact that most of her life she was in great pain. At the age of six, she contracted polio which left one leg thinner than the other. When she was a teenager, she was on a bus when a trolley collided with it and Frida was impaled by an iron handrail through her pelvis. Throughout her life she had to endure numerous operations and spent a lot of time confined to her bed. Some of her paintings depict the gruesome pain she suffered. Most famous are her self-portraits. Many times she would paint looking in a mirror from her bed. Mujica explains, "Art kept her going. Creating beauty out of pain helped her make sense of things."

Frida married Diego Rivera, a famous Mexican muralist. Their relationship was volatile as both their artistic temperaments collided. Frida was five-foot-two, but could hold her own against anyone. That included six foot tall, three-hundred pound Diego.

Frida was one hot tamale with a unibrow and a spicy disposition who didn't let anything slow her down. Bedridden at the opening of her art exhibit she insisted on being taken there on a stretcher by ambulance."The great Kahlo has done it again! She has made jaws drop and eyes pop." Even if you're not a fan of her art, Frida's story is compelling.
Her life was both tragic and triumphant. This was a good book written with captivating style.

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