Do you ever get tired of Gender roles? Ever say I want to do this but can’t because of my gender? Well this book can give you the courage you may need to do something about it.
Color Song is about one girl whose only wish is to paint and she discovers that sometimes if you want something so badly you must risk everything to get it.
Color Song is a book I kept putting off to read. I feared that maybe I wouldn’t like it. My fears of course were unfounded. I would not go so far to say that I am in love with the book, but it was not a bad read and it was written rather beautifully. Maybe it is just me, but I felt a difference in the writing voice when it was the male alter ego of Giulia and when she was herself. I felt it added more to the story and created the right imagery one needed to imagine her in her false state.
Have you ever wished you could be someone else other than yourself? Ever wished people would accept your work just because it was good? If yes, well then this book just might be for you.
Artistically brilliant, Giulia is blessed—or cursed—with a spirit’s gift: she can hear the mysterious singing of the colors as she creates them in the convent workshop of Maestra Humilità. It’s here that Giulia, forced into the convent against her will, has found unexpected happiness and rekindled her passion to become a painter—an impossible dream for any woman in fifteenth-century Italy.
But when a dying Humilità bequeaths Giulia her most prized possession—the secret formula for the luminously beautiful paint called Passion blue—Giulia realizes she’s in danger from those who have long coveted the famous color. Faced with the prospect of a life in the convent barred from painting as punishment for keeping Humilità’s secret, Giulia is struck by a desperate idea: What if she disguises herself as a boy? Could she make her way to Venice and find work as an artist’s apprentice?
Along with the truth of who she is, Giulia carries more dangerous secrets: the exquisite voices of her paint colors and the formula for Humilità’s Passion blue. And Venice, she discovers, with its gilded palazzos and masked balls, has secrets of its own. Trapped in her false identity in this dream-like place where reality and reflection are easily confused, and where art and ambition, love and deception hover like dense fog, can Giulia find her way?
This stunning, compelling novel explores timeless themes of love and illusion, gender and identity as it asks, What does it mean to risk everything to pursue your passion?