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.
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.