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Chanel's Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944

Chanel's Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944

In this captivating narrative, Chanel’s Riviera explores the fascinating world of the Cote d’Azur during a period that saw the deepest extremes of luxury and terror in the twentieth century.

The Cote d’Azur in 1938 was a world of wealth, luxury, and extravagance, inhabited by a sparkling cast of characters including the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Joseph P. Kennedy, Gloria Swanson, Colette, the Mitfords, Picasso, Cecil Beaton, and Somerset Maugham. The elite flocked to the Riviera each year to swim, gamble, and escape from the turbulence plaguing the rest of Europe. At the glittering center of it all was Coco Chanel, whose very presence at her magnificently appointed villa, La Pausa, made it the ultimate place to be. Born an orphan, her beauty and formidable intelligence allured many men, but it was her incredible talent, relentless work ethic, and exquisite taste that made her an icon.

But this wildly seductive world was poised on the edge of destruction. In a matter of months, the Nazis swooped down and the glamour of the pre-war parties and casinos gave way to the horrors of evacuation and the displacement of thousands of families during World War II. From the bitter struggle to survive emerged powerful stories of tragedy, sacrifice, and heroism.

Enriched by original research and de Courcy’s signature skill, Chanel’s Riviera brings the experiences of both rich and poor, protected and persecuted, to vivid life.

Titulo:Chanel's Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944
Idioma de edición:English
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Acerca de Anne de Courcy

Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer, journalist and book reviewer. In the 1970s she was Woman’s Editor on the London Evening News until its demise in 1980, when she joined the Evening Standard as a columnist and feature-writer. In 1982 she joined the Daily Mail as a feature writer, with a special interest in historical subjects, leaving in 2003 to concentrate on books, on which she has talked wi

    Chanel's Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War, 1930-1944 Comentarios

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    3.5 stars!In a nutshell, half of this book is about Coco Chanel’s glitzy, glamorous Riviera at a time when the Kennedys, Picasso, the Duke and Duchess Windsor, and many others were visiting and rubb...

  • Katie B

    3.5 starsThe author is pretty upfront with how this book isn't intended to be some definitive biography of Coco Chanel. There are other books out there that cover her entire life whereas this book has...

  • Valerity (Val)

    I’ve always wanted to know more about Coco Chanel the fashion and perfume maven, and this was a good overall look at her life, at least during an important part of it that tells of her and how she d...

  • Matt

    I received this as a goodreads giveaway. The book looks at the Riviera prior to WWII and throughout the course of the war. As evidence by the title, the work focuses on Coco Chanel and uses her experi...

  • Helen Carolan

    Dear god. A serious bit of arse kissing went on here. I don't know how anyone could tell that Ms De Courcy had a serious thing for Channel as nothing in this book gives this away. Not. What makes the ...

  • Caitlin

    There were some major problems with this book.Repetitive language and badly organizedThis book reads like a first draft. First, some smaller things. The author has the same paragraph--with nearly the ...

  • Anne

    As others have said, this is not a book solely about Coco Chanel. The book title is Chanel’s RIVIERA. This is a book about life on the French Riviera pre WW II and after. The before war story is, as...

  • Kate Grace

    Anne de Courcy’s Chanel’s Riviera: Glamour, Decadence, and Survival in Peace and War is, by turns, elaborately elegant and clear and forthright in its storytelling. What I loved about Chanel’s R...

  • R Fontaine

    I’m torn in too many ways to succinctly,perhaps fairly perhaps not, tying monumental torturous history to societal contretemps. The moods are,at times, a bridge too far.There is no question that Coc...

  • Janet

    Note: there are two different versions of this book on Goodreads - I am going to put my review on both of them.When you don't have a car for a month due to a predatory car insurance industry, you can ...

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