To ask other readers questions about Gilded Youth , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 06, Yasmin rated it liked it. I think for me this is the last book I will read about spoilt brats. In this namely there seemed little point of even including Jeanne Hugo or her unfortunate brother Georges.
This reader didn't feel as tho' she got her due as fairly as Leon Daudet, the worst of the lot, and Jean-Baptist Charcot. I don't feel any more learned for knowing their names or their place in history. Indeed at the end I could have cared less what happened to them all. The book structure was fine but I could not say it r I think for me this is the last book I will read about spoilt brats. The book structure was fine but I could not say it read like Balzac. Simply because it didn't read like a Balzac story.
I was curious about this book because I thought with the title one might get a flair for those maddening times of the fin de siscle. There was scarcely a spark of those times. The author went rushing into the "grand adventures" of Charcot and the insideousness of Daudet, who really needed a heavy slap in the face. Before being subject to his own venom. Hatered of any kind is deplorable. For people who hate you can feel nothing for them, for pity is wasted on the stupid. There is no greater sin the world that stupidity. For stupidity lays at the root of hatred.
Hatered breeds violence and senseless deaths.
Both men in this book were unforgivably stupid. Daudet for his hatred and Charcot for the heavy price for trying to reveal the mysteries of the world through exploration.
Mar 07, Luke Devenish rated it really liked it. Only one of these three entwined lives here was admirable.
In Paris, restaurants such as Maxim's Paris achieved a new splendor and cachet as places for the rich to parade. A number of French inventors patented products with a lasting impact on modern society. Early Middle Ages Franks. Idees Livres Mandarine marked it as to-read Mar 27, The Ballets Russes launched several ballet masterpieces, including The Firebird and The Rite of Spring sometimes causing audience riots at the same time. Jean-Baptiste Charcot was my favorite. The electric light began to supersede gas lighting , and neon lights were invented in France.
One of them was a nasty shite of the first order. The other was just a daft, well-dressed waste. Excellent little history of very stylish, very loaded times. Considerable echoes with our own. Not always a compelling book - because of the dislikable leads - and yet still a rewarding one for several standout sections: Adele going barking in the Bahamas; Leon's dad rotting away with the pox; Zola proving himself one of the few worthwhile human beings in this whole glitzy sewer. Glad I read it.
Decenni che vedono crollare il mondo dorato della loro giovinezza e le certezze che, nel loro ambiente intellettuale, sembravano consolidate: Appartenevano a una generazione che era passata per gli estremi: Sep 11, Denis rated it liked it. Chambor's book is a delightful read for anyone interested in French history and in the legendary "Belle Epoque", that has been used in so many novels and movies, especially because the author intelligently deconstructs all the myths about this era, and vividly depicts a country facing multiple storms, problems, and issues that will lead it to an apocalyptic war.
The clever idea to achieve this through the destinies of three specific people who are quite representative of the contradictions of th Chambor's book is a delightful read for anyone interested in French history and in the legendary "Belle Epoque", that has been used in so many novels and movies, especially because the author intelligently deconstructs all the myths about this era, and vividly depicts a country facing multiple storms, problems, and issues that will lead it to an apocalyptic war.
The clever idea to achieve this through the destinies of three specific people who are quite representative of the contradictions of their times works wonders, and the events Chambor describes are wonderfully evocative.
Dozens of characters cross paths and dozen of stories are intertwined, some of them quite intense and haunting as the horrific Dreyfus affair, which unleashed a wave of antisemitism over France , all of them fascinating. But Chambor doesn't succeed in all departments: Furthermore, Jeanne Hugo, the grand-daughter of the famed writer, seems to have escaped Chambor: This is a bit frustrating. But overall, Gilded Youth brilliantly brings the past back to life, without falling into the traps of nostalgia. In fact, the book isn't restricted to the Belle Epoque, and the pages on the XIXth century writers, or on the decomposition of the thirties, are equally well written and interesting.
Sep 27, Jaylia3 rated it it was amazing. It tells its stories by examining the lives and families of three childhood friends whose fathers or grandfather were luminaries of their time, celebrated for their achievements in literature and science. With the world rapidly changing as a new century began, the three friends struggled to adjust their lives.
Jeanne Hugo, the beloved granddaughter of Victor Hugo, had trouble adapting to a world where she was no longer the center of attention simply by virtue of being a Hugo. Leon Daudet, son of author Alphonse Daudet, became a writer like his father but his writings were more political than literary, endorsing anti-Semitism, the restoration of the rule of kings, and the re-elevation of the Catholic Church. Jean-Baptiste Charcot was my favorite. I enjoyed this book enough to buy my own copy, even though I started reading it as a library book.
I know I will be referencing it in the future. Mar 23, Daniel Swanger rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Reading this book, Gilded Youth, explains how and why this happened. From the defeat and disillusion of France after to the younger generations' hopeless quest to equal or surpass their elders, the jeunesse doree of the French Third Republic's fate is recounted here. The descent from gentlemanly politics to outspoken out-of-control verbiage and political disaster are parallels to our current US primary election battles facing us now. But in the case of the children and grandchildren of the top genii of France, the descent is from disillusioned politics and social history to total war, sounding familiar to us with the current international terrorist threats to our own way of life.
Even more distressing is that Lola knows the girl well. When the inquiry into her murder fails to reveal a single substantial clue, Lola is persuaded by novelist Guy de Maupassant to delve into the case on her own.
Eager to exert her independence and defy conventions, Lola agrees. To solve this dreadful crime, Lola and Miss Fletcher must navigate the depths of respectable society. But will their determination suffice in a city where fortune, secrets, men, and appearances reign supreme?
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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Well, The Crumpled Letter by Alice Quinn is probably another book that I knew I should have passed on but was suckered into from the beautiful cover.
The story is set in Cannes in the s and follows a girl named Lola Deslys who happens upon the body of a chambermaid. Now Lola can tell just from the placement of the body that this was no accident at all but meant to try to hide a murder and Lola kn Well, The Crumpled Letter by Alice Quinn is probably another book that I knew I should have passed on but was suckered into from the beautiful cover. Now Lola can tell just from the placement of the body that this was no accident at all but meant to try to hide a murder and Lola knows just who the victim is.
Lola finds that she will need help however and looks to her friend Gabriella to help her solve the murder. My biggest concern for me with this is I had a terrible time trying to connect with the characters. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley.
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