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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a glorious mix
The Baroness is about so much more than Nica, the Rothschild woman at its centre. It cleverly weaves a tale of bygone days with issues like feminism and the beauty of jazz. The author brings the world of generations of her family alive but never seems overwhelmed by them. She tackles the question of self-worth in high achieving families with a light but authoritative...
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3.0 out of 5 stars a disappointing book
I hoped to like this book and cannot deny that it deals with a fascinating topic - the life of Nica Rothschild and, as background, the whole extraordinary Roshchild family over three centuries. Perhaps the author attempted too much. The earlier part of the book deals with family history, from the beginnings of the dynasty in Jew Street in Frankfurt up to Nica herself, and...
Published 10 months ago by Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane


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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a glorious mix, 7 May 2012
The Baroness is about so much more than Nica, the Rothschild woman at its centre. It cleverly weaves a tale of bygone days with issues like feminism and the beauty of jazz. The author brings the world of generations of her family alive but never seems overwhelmed by them. She tackles the question of self-worth in high achieving families with a light but authoritative touch. If this makes it sound at all dry or overly worthy - it never is, and it is a book that you want to read to the end as soon as you start the first sentence.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating history, 7 Aug 2013
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I found this book fascinating, as much as a history of an eccentric and influential family, as of a biography of Nica. I bought it as a jazz fan to find out more about Nica, of whom I knew very little. It is true that there is perhaps less jazz than one might expect and some reviewers found the extensive coverage of the various members and generations of the Rothschild family over-emphasised. But for me that was an unexpected and interesting bonus, providing a colourful background for Nica's unexpected life choices.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of the great stories, a wonderful woman, 30 July 2013
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One of the great stories; a wonderful woman, brave, honest, strong, caring, knows where she belongs and an amazing love...
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5.0 out of 5 stars The search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild, 26 Oct 2012
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Mr. Robert Metcalfe "Para Handy" (Leeds. Yorks.) - See all my reviews
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You'll never get any more real or better feel of Theo` Monk's mixed up life. Not a technical music journey, but the finest eye-opener and intriguing story, with the added access into the world of possibly one of the planets richest families at the time. You'll learn more of Thelonious Monk the man, and Nica his patron,plus other jazz greats and the complicated life they led. You will feel like a friend to them all.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Baroness: The Search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild, 6 Aug 2012
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Everyone has heard of the Rothschilds , this book tell the insides of the great family
its a super read , it tell some cold facts and passions
Again a marvellous read..
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a disappointing book, 5 Oct 2013
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Mr. Ian A. Macfarlane "almac1975" (Fife, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Baroness: The Search for Nica the Rebellious Rothschild (Paperback)
I hoped to like this book and cannot deny that it deals with a fascinating topic - the life of Nica Rothschild and, as background, the whole extraordinary Roshchild family over three centuries. Perhaps the author attempted too much. The earlier part of the book deals with family history, from the beginnings of the dynasty in Jew Street in Frankfurt up to Nica herself, and from then on Nica is the central character. That is a huge amount to cram into a medium-length book, and Hannah Rothschild is not a very good writer. The result is that the family history seems bitty and sometimes confusing and, later, though we are given many facts about Nica and anecdotes from her life, no very clear or interesting picture of her emerges. The author also gives the impression of trying too hard to help us to like Nica. Clearly she was a free spirit who did not conform to the usual pattern of behaviour in the Rothschild family - though she was not the only one to do that - but her claimed kindness, generosity and sympathy towards jazz musicians, particularly Charlie Parker who died in her apartment and whom apparently she did not much like, do not come across as admirable qualities so much as accidental offshoots of a self-indulgent lifestyle which she was rich enough to pursue uncritically. That could still be the material for a very interesting book, but it is presented by Hannah Rothschild without the kind of literary skill and perception that a really good biographer would bring to the task. In sum, a book which was certainly worth writing but which, sadly, misses the mark.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Baroness who worshipped a deranged jazz musician, 16 Aug 2012
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A brilliant, well researched biography of fascinating and eccentric woman who came from a wealthy and privileged background and wound up immersed in the seedy jazz world of mid twentieth century New York. The Baroness Koenigswarter was a woman of great beauty, courage and single mindedness who combined a hedonistic lifestyle with giving a leg up to the often dysfunctional, socially and economically deprived characters who honed and evolved their music in the clubs of 52nd Street, Manhattan, in its heyday. In particular she was devoted to the mentally deranged Thelonius Monk. As well a evoking the crazy world of the mid-town New York of the time, in complete contrast it also traces the origins of The Rothschild family from its origins in the slum ghetto of Frankfurt to great wealth and influence in the countries of Western Europe and then to the family's decline as many of the succeeding generations became less interested in banking and increasingly eccentric in their lifestyles. The Baroness was perhaps the prime example of the latter. A book I couldn't put down.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, 9 Aug 2012
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If you are a Monk fan you will love this but it is still very readable as an insight to two people of disparate backgrounds. Do not be put off by reviewers who do not like the the amount of Rothschild history without this the book would be pointless. Baz Francis.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 15 July 2014
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It was very repetitive after a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, 7 Mar 2014
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exquisite book ...really enjoyed it....the depiction of New York and the Jazz scene is great . a very interesting life led by Nica .
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