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Last of the Dandies: The Fashionable Life of Count D'Orsay [Anglais] [Relié]

Nick Foulkes

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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good book, but could have been great. 27 février 2006
Par T. Schmitt - Publié sur
Reading this book isn't a waste of time, but it doesn't bring Count D'Orsay to life.. The book doesn't become compelling until after the first third. Until then, the author spends more time describing the Count's friends and acquaintances then the Count himself. There is scant attention to the Count's childhood and upbringing, of what life was like for him. I was beginning to wonder if this was a biography on the Count or someone else.

After the first third, then the book starts to get interesting, when the Count becomes a young adult. While the subject material is certainly rich and compels attention, it overall suffers from lack of details and anecdotes that would bring the material to life. In a very interesting period in history, there is no sense of placing the reader into the same time frame or state-of-mind. Then, there are no little stories. Given how the Count and Lady Blessington hosted parties for great figures, including the future ruler of France and Charles Dickens, Oh! what one would give to be the proverbial fly on the wall. Unfortunately, we're not taken there. Also irritatingly, key phases in French are left untranslated.

Finally, there is no epilogue. The book ends at the Count's death, so one is left to wonder about his influence immediately afterwards, what happened to the people close to him, and how the Count continues to influence until this day.

So, it's a good book and you get an accurate picture of the Count's life, but the flower of his story is just not fully developed.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Entertaining view of stardom in interesting times 29 décembre 2004
Par Lesley West - Publié sur
THis is a rather unusual book. It looks at a time in history where there was still enormous class distinction, and among the "upper class" there was scandal galore. And among the best of them was the Comte D'Orsay, handsome and witty Frenchman, who scandalised society with his wit, bisexuality and flagrant affiars with Lady Blessington, one of the beauties of her age.

But this is not just a flippant story of a great scandal. Amongst D'Orsay's comtemporaries were Byron, Beau Brummel, the Bourbon Kings of Europe, and the descendents of Napoleon. These were interestng times, when Europe as a whole was deciding her fate. There are enough interesting snippets of greater history to make this book worth reading. But it is the letters and journals that make this book come alive.

This is a time in history that I was not particularly familiar with, and to view it through the eyes of these flamboyant and wealthy characters, give it an interest and piquancy that nothing else could.
1.0 étoiles sur 5 Blah 12 avril 2010
Par Laurie Lankhaar - Publié sur
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This book goes into more detail about D'Orsay's inner circle than D'Orsay himself. I would have liked to read more about the "life and escapades" of D'Orsay, and the creation of a fashion icon instead the of the life of Lord & Lady Blessington. Foulkes makes many interesting points pertaining to the early life of D'Orsay and his budding relationship with the Blessingtons. Nonetheless, this book is rather dull read.
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