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Friday, July 27, 2018

When Paris Sizzled by Mary McAuliffe

When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends

The story of Paris and its inhabitants both local and foreign emerging from the horrors of the World War and almost desperately trying to take back the lost years by engaging on a spell of unhindered abandon of pleasure and throwing back all inhibitions and standards of years past.;

The 1920s of Paris with its history of rich and well known names from Hemingway, Jo Barker, Joyce, Cocteau make up for a heady background of how the rich, the not so rich and the poor fared in this city. Change in every sphere not just entertainment, but art, architecture, and then something unexpected the change in moral behaviour!

There did not seem to be any holds barred and life for those living in Paris knew no boundaries. Fascinating account of how life was lived and loved and how tradition was overthrown for living life to the fullest. It also depicts the rise of an undercurrent of unrest which will have unhappy consequences in the not so distant future.

For people with a penchant for history, also for those with a liking for Paris and for what the city has always been - just different.

Sent to me by Netgalley for an unbiased review, courtesy of publishers Rowman & Littlefield.