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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 - Francine Prose
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
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A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a... show more
A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself.Paris in the 1920s shimmers with excitement, dissipation, and freedom. It is a place of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club’s loyal denizens, including the rising Hungarian photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol; and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine.As the years pass, their fortunes—and the world itself—evolve. Lou falls desperately in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with startlingly vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis— sparked by tumultuous events—that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780061713781 (0061713783)
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
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4.5 Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
Thanks to Kirkus for convincing me to grab this from the shelf of advance copies. I'd looked at it several times and the title just didn't grab me. Then Kirkus put it on a list of books to look for this spring. I'm so glad they did because it was absolutely wonderful!! The ending added a whole e...
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4.0 Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932
4.5Absolutely wonderful! The ending added a whole extra level.
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