Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

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Downloadable Audiobook - 2014
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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. It is a city 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 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 in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with 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 that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis. Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose's finest novel yet.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers : Made available through hoopla, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 0062331841
Branch Call Number: eAudiobook hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (18hr., 12 min.)) : digital.


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Jan 03, 2017

This book was captivating from beginning to end! Not typically a historical fiction fan, but this was a great book. I came to it via Edoardo Ballerini's reading - his part is unfortunately small, but he is such a talented reader. The actress that reads the part describing the life of Lou Villahrs is incredibly good. I agree with the previous comment that the readings of Suzanne and the Countess are distracting, but if you can put up with these actresses the others are very good, as well as the writing and the story.

Jul 05, 2015

An engaging, steadily-paced novel set in pre-WWII Paris. Well-read except for the woman who read for Suzanne Dunois and the Lily de Rossignol whose "French" accent randomly slides between British, American, and a poor French accent--which I found extremely distracting. But don't fault the book for the reader's casting--it's worth the time listening.


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