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The Secret of Chanel No. 5: The Intimate History of the World's Most Famous Perfume [Anglais] [Relié]

Tilar J. Mazzeo
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Revue de presse

“[Mazzeo] explores interconnections between designer and perfume, teasing out the relationship with delicacy.” (New York Times Book Review)

“[In] the skilled hands of cultural historian Mazzeo, [the perfume] becomes a magnificent window through which to understand [Coco Chanel] and her milieu... Impeccable research and crafting make a seemingly narrow topic feel infinitely important.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“This is one case where historical fact eclipses the legend and lore of the object itself—there’s much, much more than meets the nose to discover in these pages.” (Booklist)

“Engaging.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Mazzeo’s lush prose...never bogs down in the details—despite the extensive research showcased in the bibliography—and a smooth pacing keeps it moving along at a fast clip. This work is definitely recommended to lovers of 20th-century cultural history, Coco Chanel, and, of course, the world’s best-selling perfume.” (Library Journal)

“Mazzeo has written an account of the rarest of things-an international olfactory icon-that fairly rushes off the pages. Here is the life of one of the 20th century’s most interesting and deeply complicated women, a fascinating cultural history, and the story of an extraordinary perfume.” (Chandler Burr, New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent)

“The true brilliance of The Secret of Chanel No. 5 is Tilar Mazzeo’s ability to take a subject one would never have thought possible to think very deeply about and then cover it so captivatingly. Who knew that such a tiny bottle housed so many secrets?” (Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the Birkin)

“Anyone who’s ever dawdled in front of a perfume counter will love Tilar Mazzeo’s fascinating history of the perfume known simply as No. 5; her rich and witty account is as compelling as the fragrance itself. ” (Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel)

Présentation de l'éditeur

“Who knew that such a tiny bottle housed so many secrets?” —Michael Tonello, author of Bringing Home the Birkin

Tilar J. Mazzeo, author of the New York Times bestseller The Widow Clicquot (an Amazon Best of the Month book in October 2008) returns with a captivating history of the world’s most famous, seductive, and popular perfume: Chanel No. 5. Mazzeo’s sweeping story of the iconic scent (known as “le monstre” in the fragrance industry) stretches from Coco Chanel’s early success to the rise of the seminal fragrance during the 1950s to the confirmation of its bestseller status in today’s crowded perfume market.

“Here is the life of one of the 20th century’s most interesting and deeply complicated women, a fascinating cultural history, and the story of an extraordinary perfume.” —Chandler Burr, New York Times scent critic and author of The Perfect Scent


Détails sur le produit

  • Relié: 304 pages
  • Editeur : Harper; Édition : Stated 1st Edition (9 novembre 2010)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0061791016
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061791017
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,4 x 16,1 x 2,7 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 2.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 en anglais 17 janvier 2012
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tres decu par ce produit lecture en anglais sans grande photo
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Detailed but not intriguing 11 avril 2011
Par K. Sawyer - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I haven't read any other work by Mazzeo, so maybe I didn't know what I was getting into, but I simply didn't find this book as enthralling as other reviewers. For all Mazzeo's effort, the history of Chanel No. 5 is a small story, and no amount of fluffing keeps the book from feeling repetitious. The story also suffers from the lack of historical evidence--while I do not doubt the amount of research done by Mazzeo, it feels like a lot of evidence is missing, or there is no personal accounts, and much of what happens seems to happen 'one way or another.' The story is heavily weighted during Coco Chanel's life, and the history of the modern-day section feels rushed, as though the audience is assumed to know the current history. Perhaps in the modern era there is less intrigue and drama, but within a matter of years, this era might not be so easily recalled.

For Kindle-specific comments, I would note that the story ended 62% of the way through the page count. On the one hand, thank goodness, because I didn't what else there was left to say, but on the other hand, it wasn't accurate. Also, as someone who works in marketing and copy writing, the incorrect use of the short "n-dash" throughout the book was irritating. These are obviously not major complaints, but overall left it feeling poorly constructed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Alluring story of a perfume. 24 novembre 2010
Par Jeremie Fant - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I must say that I found this book very entertaining, which somewhat took me by surprise. Naively I felt I had heard all the interesting stories behind No5, particularly those associated with its infamous creator, and more importantly did not think that it was that exciting. Ms Mazzeo proved me wrong. The secret of Chanel No5 is much more intriguing than I could have imagined and kept me entertained to the end. The book weaves you from from the familiar, to the unfamiliar and back and the narrative sits comfortably between story-telling and informative. A great read.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Best Kept Secret: Tilar Mazzeo's New Book 9 novembre 2010
Par Sterling Price - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Anyone who has ever read Tilar Mazzeo's books knows how brilliantly she spins a tale. Who needs fiction when her truth has such sizzle? The Secret of Chanel No. 5 is another terrific read - as much fun as a trip to Paris (probably more fun because Ms. Mazzeo has the inside scoop on a French icon). Anyone who is a fan of the fragrance will love the background - and those who are fascinated by Coco Chanel herself will find truth separated from fiction (the truth is much more fascinating, by far!). Ms. Mazzeo's diplomacy and charm have given her unparralleled access to the secret and seductive world of high fashion. It is great fun to be on intimate terms with it - thanks to Tilar Mazzeo. This should be on every Christmas list!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Power of Perfume: Chanel Number Five 23 janvier 2011
Par Karen Burke - Publié sur Amazon.com
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An ancient Medici manuscript, the Knights Templar, a fortune teller and the coveted jasmine of Grasse - Tilar Mazzeo's fascinating biography of a western cultural monument weaves the threads together in the tableau behind The Secret of Chanel Number Five. And it is an incredible story. The careful balance of two fragrances - jasmine and aldehydes - inside bottles shaped like whisky flasks has endured its creator's anti-semiticism, seen American Second World War soldiers queuing up for sales in the snow along the icy rue Cambon and survived a series of dangerous gambles by the Wertheimer brothers who owned 70 per cent of Les Parfums Chanel in 1940 and who fled to New York just in time.

There's movie material here. When Chanel was arrested in her hotel room at The Ritz after the war as a suspected collabo, it was Churchill (so one rumour goes) who negotiated her freedom: "A decade later, people in Paris also speculated that Churchill - Coco Chanel's next-door neighbour during summers on the Riviera - had sent a chauffeured limousine to police headquarters personally to fetch her, and the driver headed straight for the Swiss border." It's also believed that Chanel's fascist lover, Hans Guenther von Dincklage, was in that car with her.

How Chanel Number Five came into being is just as intriguing. Even if Coco's purchase of Marie de Medici's "cologne" manuscript did not directly lead to the perfume's creation, it was a crucial preliminary stage. The history of perfume-making in France began during the reign of Catherine de Medici in the sixteenth century. Reading this, I wondered how much of an influence Henri II's mistress, Diane de Poitiers, might have had on Chanel's fashion designs given that Henri II's older lover was famous for her black and white simplicity.

Read this book for the lively style, for the facts you haven't yet seen in the Coco movies and for an insight into why Chanel Number Five has seduced so many women for so many years.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting story, writing style was distracting 23 mars 2014
Par Sarah Lachance - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
I really wanted to love this book. I did learn about the stories behind Chanel No. 5 (and I say stories because much of this book remains speculative), my main issue with 'The Secret of Chanel No. 5' is with the writing style.

Mazzeo has a tendency to repeat phrases. For example, between pages 12 and 15, she makes reference to the idea that Coco Chanel had "not yet thought of" becoming a fashion or fragrance designer no less than seven times over the course of three pages. While I get the reason for emphasizing these ideas, the technique is clumsy.

This repetition of phrases extends to repetition of whole ideas, paragraphs, sections of chapters. Each and every chapter was written as if the reader hadn't read any of the previous chapters. So much of this already-slight book was spent summarizing, re-summarizing and re-re-summarizing. It's the literary equivalent of the air in your bag of chips. I'm all for ensuring that a reader is oriented to the material, however, Mazzeo could have done it more sparingly.

Continuing on a theme, the author is unable to resist this tendency to re-summarize even after the book-proper ends. The tacked on afterword re-summarizes the entire book and offers no new insights. I wish she'd just let the writing stand (and end) as it was.

All in all, while the subject matter was interesting, the story might have been better suited (in depth and edited-length) to a Vanity Fair-style feature.
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