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4.0 out of 5 stars Another tome for me...
Not exactly a thickly paged (170 pages) introduction to the Demi-Monde, but it does let the reader know, in an easily read way, about various ladies that frequented the life of the courtesan of the mid 1800's. I have derived much pleasure from learning of their exploits, the money squandered on them by the nobility, the senseless waste of lives by overindulgence,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars dully written history of French Courtesans
I thought perhaps this book about 19th Century French courtesans would provide something racy and colourful. Instead what you have is separate chapters assigned to each one and a more or less chronological account of their lives. It kind of reads like - she was married to a Comte and then ran off with a poet and then she. The prose also reads something like the writing of...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Another tome for me..., 10 Jan 2014
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Not exactly a thickly paged (170 pages) introduction to the Demi-Monde, but it does let the reader know, in an easily read way, about various ladies that frequented the life of the courtesan of the mid 1800's. I have derived much pleasure from learning of their exploits, the money squandered on them by the nobility, the senseless waste of lives by overindulgence, tuberculosis or simply by aging. For my simple tastes, none of the pictures herein included are raving beauties, but that is in the eye of the beholder. However, reading between the lines of several books on the subject, it was more for appearance sake and self greed than for love, although decent circumstances for women in those days were few and far between. A good book to start off with by a knowledgeable authoress.
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2.0 out of 5 stars dully written history of French Courtesans, 20 Jun 2013
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Mr. Robert Marsland (Glasgow) - See all my reviews
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I thought perhaps this book about 19th Century French courtesans would provide something racy and colourful. Instead what you have is separate chapters assigned to each one and a more or less chronological account of their lives. It kind of reads like - she was married to a Comte and then ran off with a poet and then she. The prose also reads something like the writing of the time - very old fashioned in flavour, and there seems to have been little thought gone into how to make it an interesting read. not that good
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Courtesans: The Demi-Monde In 19th-Century France by Joanna Richardson (Paperback - 20 July 2000)
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