While I did enjoy some aspects of this book, the art, the ballet, the descriptions of Paris and the Paris Opera house, I felt this book really didn't engage me the way I would have liked. It was choppy in many parts, somewhat repetitive and some very serious issues weren't really handled well, in my mind anyway. Perhaps this is a reflection of the time period. Regardless, the book just didn't sit that well with me. Without adding spoilers, I really just found a lot of the story to be rather ridiculous. I almost gave up on it about half-way through, but persisted, I'm not sure that was the best use of my time. It's kind of mind-boggling to me why so many have given this book five stars!!