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Mary McAuliffe's Dawn of the Belle Epoque took the reader from the multiple disasters of 1870-1871 through the extraordinary re-emergence of Paris as the cultural center of the Western world. Now, in Twilight of the Belle Epoque, McAuliffe portrays Paris in full flower at the turn of the twentieth century, where creative dynamos such as Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, DebussMary McAuliffe's Dawn of the Belle Epoque took the reader from the multiple disasters of 1870-1871 through the extraordinary re-emergence of Paris as the cultural center of the Western world. Now, in Twilight of the Belle Epoque, McAuliffe portrays Paris in full flower at the turn of the twentieth century, where creative dynamos such as Picasso, Matisse, Stravinsky, Debussy, Ravel, Proust, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, and Isadora Duncan set their respective circles on fire with a barrage of revolutionary visions and discoveries. Such dramatic breakthroughs were not limited to the arts or sciences, as innovators and entrepreneurs such as Louis Renault, Andre Citroen, Paul Poiret, Francois Coty, and so many others--including those magnificent men and women in their flying machines--emphatically demonstrated. But all was not well in this world, remembered in hindsight as a golden age, and wrenching struggles between Church and state as well as between haves and have-nots shadowed these years, underscored by the ever-more-ominous drumbeat of the approaching Great War--a cataclysm that would test the mettle of the City of Light, even as it brutally brought the Belle Epoque to its close. Through rich illustrations and evocative narrative, McAuliffe brings this remarkable era from 1900 through World War I to vibrant life....

Title : Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends Through the Great War
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Number of Pages : 417 Pages
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Twilight of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Picasso, Stravinsky, Proust, Renault, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, and Their Friends Through the Great War Reviews

  • Bettie☯
    2019-03-07 03:24

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  • Jill Hutchinson
    2019-03-26 04:17

    How can one short era of history have so many geniuses of the arts in one city? Mary McAuliffe leads us through the years of 1900 to the beginning of the Great War and what a trip it is!! The lives and works of these special people are covered, some in more detail than others, and I certainly learned new information with each turn of the page. It would take up too much space to identify all those artistes mentioned in this beautifully written history but they range from Isadora Duncan to Picasso to Ravel to deBussy to Proust.....and many others who set the styles of dress, dance, painting, sculpture and even perfume and automobiles.The coming of the Great War changed the world forever and these pre-war years became enshrined in French memory as the Belle Epoque.....a golden time that would never return, a time that was dying and would be swept away by the war. The author captures the environment and ambiance of those years with a discerning eye and brings to life the colorful cast of the artistes in Paris. Highly recommended.Incidentally,there is a prequel to this book, Dawn of the Belle Epoque: The Paris of Monet, Zola, Bernhardt, Eiffel, Debussy, Clemenceau, and Their Friends, which is next on my tbr list.

  • Jaylia3
    2019-03-20 04:18

    This book makes it easy to get caught up in the intertwined lives of painters, composers, entrepreneurs, politicians, innovators, performers, and scientists from the later years of France’s Belle Epoque. After loving the first volume, Dawn of the Belle Epoque, I knew I had to read this title and was not disappointed. Each chapter covers one year from 1900 to 1918--so through The Great War, WWI--with a rich mix of returning characters. We learn about the achievements, love affairs, feuds, ambitions, and failures of many luminaries of the age including Monet, Degas, Picasso, Matisse, Ravel, Louis Renault, Stravinsky, Charles De Gaulle, Debussy, Coco Chanel, Marcel Proust, Georges Clemenceau, Isadora Duncan, Marie Curie, Gertrude Stein, Jean Cocteau, André Citroën, Paul Poiret, François Coty, Nijinsky, Sarah Bernhardt, Dreyfus, and Diaghilev. Among my favorite moments are Marie Curie and her family hiking with Einstein and his, Marcel Proust returning from an evening walk with shrapnel on his hat because though he was afraid of mice German air raids didn't scare him and he even found the lit up skies beautiful, and a determined young Charles De Gaulle captured by the Germans while serving in the French army managing to repeatedly escape from increasingly locked down POW fortifications only to be caught each time and returned to prison.If you want depth on any particular individual you’ll have to go elsewhere but Twilight of the Belle Epoque provides a lively, fascinating, and surprisingly moving overview of the era and many of its most interesting people. I read an advanced copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Bfisher
    2019-03-02 05:02

    I enjoyed reading this book. It is effectively a year by year accounting of the lives of prominent Parisians over the period 1900-1918. I did like that the coverage extended through the WW1 years, although the Belle Epoque certainly ended with the coming of the war.To me, it did reinforce what a disaster WW1 was to France, in a way that a recital of numbers cannot do- at a level where the wreckage of personal lives can be seen. Also, one sees the tremendous cultural richness of pre-WW1 Paris, the city of Picasso, Matisse, Chagal, Proust, Ravel, Debussey, Stravinsky, Gertrude Stein, Isadora Duncan; how they lead their lives and how their lives intersected.There is also the Paris of scientific, technology and business innovation, the rise of Renault, Citron, Coty, the French aviation pioneers like Voisin and Bleriot, and Marie and Pierre Curve. Unfortunately, because so many individuals are being followed through the period, it sometimes makes it a bit difficult to follow.

  • Mia
    2019-03-19 02:05

    Mary McAuliffe has done a splendid job of portraying the atmosphere of Paris though this thoroughly researched series of vignettes of artists, musicians, dancers, dilettantes, writers, politicians. Although I'm not normally a fan of that style of narrative composition, usually finding it too disjointed to enjoy, I eventually fell into its rhythm. This book made me fall in love all over again with many of my own personal favorites.

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    2019-03-06 21:21

    Excellent study of Paris' elite (mostly cultural), from 1900 through to 1918.For a further review: .ARC courtesy of NetGalley.

  • Jane De vries
    2019-03-20 23:28

    Very informative. So many genius levels, all together in Paris! Maurice Ravel, Picasso, Debussy, Stravinsky, etc. Seems hard to believe! But it also seems hard to believe that many personal lives were a total train wreck! Perhaps their pain became our gain!

  • G.
    2019-03-19 02:04

    The individual sections are interesting and well written. I would have given it a higher review, however, there is only a minimal through thread between sections. Because of this odd format it reads like a series of blog posts from the year being discussed

  • Mandy
    2019-03-17 03:10

    The period from 1900 to the outbreak of World War I saw an incredible flowering of the arts and sciences in Paris. The list of notable names from the era goes on and on, from Picasso to Proust, Marie Curie to Jean Cocteau, Citroen to Coty. Each and every one of them merits, and indeed usually has, a book all to him or herself. Known as the Belle Epoque, it was a magical time and Mary McAuliffe has researched it in painstaking detail. There’s no doubt the subject matter is of unending interest, and I read the book with complete fascination. But ultimately McAuliffe tries to include just too much, and the end result is overwhelming, not helped by the fact that each chapter covers one year, meaning that the text skips from one character to another in rapid succession so that it’s difficult to retain an overall sense of their progression. Eventually this constant switching between one person and another becomes irritating. And then there’s the language. McAuliffe is American and leaves us in no doubt of that. The text is scattered with Americanisms and slang, which are totally out of place in a work of serious history. There are “goodies to be nabbed”, “a passel”, the nowadays ubiquitous but deplorable “gotten”. And had Braque really “gagged” at his first sight of Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon? And when Cocteau “slugged” Poueigh’s lawyer, was he really “roughed up by the police”. I found this vocabulary really grated on me.Although this is a panoramic study, beautifully illustrated, and well worth reading, it was nevertheless spoilt for me by the style. The disjointed narrative – although I can see why the author chose to tell the story in this way – takes away from the pleasure of learning about this diverse group of creative people, as you no sooner start to read about one than you’re on to the next. However, McAuliffe is to be congratulated on her achievement in uncovering so much detail about these fascinating years, and also for covering the war years as well. Many other accounts stop in 1914 as if no creativity could exist during the war. All in all, in spite of its faults, this is essentially an absorbing and deeply interesting account of a deeply interesting period.

  • Kathy
    2019-02-24 03:11

    Another excellent read on the history of modern France (or more specifically Paris). This book covers the years 1900-1918 and each chapter covers a year in chronological order. The lives of artists, politicians and ordinary people are woven together to present a tapestry of the changing life of Paris during the decades that are covered. This is one of the few books I've read that shows what life was like in the city of Paris during World War I and it also makes clear the terrible cost the war had on the French with over a million men lost in battle by the end of the war. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in this series When Paris Sizzled: The 1920s Paris of Hemingway, Chanel, Cocteau, Cole Porter, Josephine Baker, and Their Friends

  • Angela
    2019-03-07 21:14

    This is a great primer if you are traveling to France and don't know much about the art and culture of the 19th and early 20th century. If you are the type that find it hard to get through detailed biographies but you'd like a cultural framework for France before you visit, than this book is perfect for that. With this book you get a little taste of the culture of France in wide variety of fields including art, science, fashion and politics during this time period. Before you are too hooked on one person, it is off to the next. This book prompted me to put a number of other books on my to-read list, like memoirs/biography of Isadore Duncan and Sarah Bernhardt. I now have to go back and read the author's earlier book, Dawn of the Belle-Epoque.This book was provided to me by Net Galley to review if I liked it.

  • W H
    2019-03-11 21:29

    A dip in history. This book gathers up a host of characters, mostly from the art, music and writing world and intersperses them throughout the end of Belle Époque. A pleasant survey once you get past the breathless "reality tv" style of jumping from story to story, leaving you sort of hanging for the tying up of vignettes. Doesn't cover a lot of new ground. Weaknesses: throws a lot of characters at the reader, almost requires an encyclopedia or Wikipedia to put everyone into context. (Though, getting sidetracked on a wiki trail is not a bad thing!) Also, some loose ends and two dimensional portraits of important characters. Strengths: a quality survey and intertwining off major musical artists, also strong on contextual discussions of Cocteau, Proust as well as wartime service of the many artists who served.

  • Mysteryfan
    2019-03-18 23:25

    A fascinating look at Paris and Parisians during a time of artistic, cultural, and scientific ferment. Each chapter covers a year between 1900 and 1920. Characters enter and exit, all their lives intertwining, feuds and love lives stopping and starting. I never knew Marie Curie and Albert Einstein met and went hiking together. I never knew how influential Gertrude Stein was.The war years are sad, but the chapters did give me a firmer grasp of how World War 1 affected the French. I liked that she stayed focused on Paris. The city itself is a character in the book. She did some very careful research and the approach is quite scholarly. It's well worth reading.

  • September Dee
    2019-03-25 05:15

    This book picks up where the previous one left off and takes us through the artistic, scientific and entrepreneurial history of Paris 1900-1918. As with the previous book we are giving many interesting details that invoke a very good picture of life during these times for all classes of people. A wonderful melding of political, social and artistic Paris provides very enjoyable reading for anyone interested in Paris history.

  • Ddoyle90
    2019-03-22 05:27

    This is a fascinating study of Paris and its inhabitants during the time period between the death of Victoria and the end of WWI. I read this over a month and a half not at one sitting as I do so many books. So many fascinating people, some I knew of; some I didn't. Artists, actors, composers, politicians and military figures; Russians, English, Americans, Parisians, and Germans all cross paths in Paris.

  • Mary Kristine
    2019-02-27 00:22

    The book describes the vibrancy of Paris, 1900-1919. It is a delightful expose' of painters, composers, dancers, inventors and many others who changed a culture, not just in the city or even Europe but the world. There are few books that can make the work Isadora Duncan, LouisRenault, and Marie Curie equally and openly. I was so. totally absorbed in this book that when I would stopped reading, I had to remind myself "I wasn't in Paris anymore"

  • Linda Beuret
    2019-03-05 23:11

    Excellently written book about Paris & France v rom 1900-1918, end of WWI. You get a feel for how the country lived as well as prominent (now) artists such as Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Matisse, Debussy & Ravel survived these explosive years. Small portraits of artists in many field are given and the portrait of the times is very vivid. Thoroughly enjoyable!

  • Carol
    2019-03-02 05:21

    This is a very dense book, so many characters and so many things happening in their world. I am taking notes, but only have tomorrow to finish reading the next 175 pages. I think that this would be wonderful to get such great information for anyone doing research on any of these 19th century characters.

  • Kate Blumenthal
    2019-03-08 04:18

    The second volume took Paris to Armistice Day. The structure was year by year, grippingly told. We followed the fabled characters from Dawn of the Belle Epoque, but now they are becoming old guard. 19th century France was truly swept away by the Great War. I thought this sequel, so to speak, was better than the first. Everything built to the great crashing crescendo of the end of the war.

  • Allison
    2019-03-02 22:20

    If you love books about history, Art Nouveau, inventions like the automobile and the airplane, the emerging artists of the 20th Century and juicy stories about all of these, you will love this book like I did.

  • Heather Bennett
    2019-03-15 23:14

    Mary McAuliffe will take you back into another time in Paris. She has done her research and it shows. Her book is wonderful and you can almost picture yourself in her book with the characters. There are so many fabulous characters in her book that it makes you want to reread the book.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-25 05:06

    Not as well written as the first one but still fascinating!

  • Joanne Gass
    2019-02-28 05:15

    A very good and interesting history of the period.

  • Lockett
    2019-02-23 23:31

    Very pleasant social/artistic historical fact gossip about great people in Paris.