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SusannaG

SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages
Lady Cop Makes Trouble
Amy Stewart
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World
Andrea Wulf
Progress: 2 %
The Hundred Years War, Volume 1: Trial by Battle
Jonathan Sumption
Progress: 166/586 pages
King Solomon's Mines
H. Rider Haggard
Progress: 4 %
Queen's Gambit: A Novel
Elizabeth Fremantle
Progress: 22 %
1913: The Eve of War
Paul Ham
Progress: 20 %
The William Shakespeare Detective Agency: The Dark Lady (The William Shakespeare Detective Agency Book 2)
Colin Falconer
Progress: 15 %

Twilight of the Belle Epoque

Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends Through the Great War - Mary McAuliffe

ARC courtesy of NetGalley.  Much thanks!

 

This was a wonderful study of Paris' cultural and business elite in the years 1900-1918.

 

This is a world where doctors prescribe a bottle of champagne a day for nicotine addiction, the clothes are by Poiret and Chanel, the perfumes come from Coty, the music is by Debussy, Ravel, and Stravinsky, the novels are by Zola, Proust, and Gertrude Stein, the poems by Rilke and Cocteau, the ballet by Diagilev, Isadora Duncan, and Nijinsky, the paintings by Picasso (an immediate suspect when the Mona Lisa gets stolen), Chagall, and Matisse, the science comes from the Curies, the politics are dominated by Clemenceau, and the cars are made by Renault and Citroen. 

 

Earlier this year I read Ilies' 1913: The Year Before the Storm, which is (mostly) about the culturally German world in the last year of the peace, and enjoyed it; but I prefer this volume.  It covers a longer period, and you get to know the players better.  I would recommend this volume, with Barbara Tuchman's The Proud Tower and Philipp Blom's The Vertigo Years, to anyone interested in the period.

 

I will definitely have to read the first volume, The Dawn of the Belle Epoque, which covers 1870-1900.