Riviera: The Rise and Rise of the Côte d'Azur: The Rise and Rise of the Cote D'Azur Hardcover – 21 Jun 2004
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
'An amusing read. It is the ideal book to hide your smirk behind on the Promenade des Anglais as yet another roller-blading granny glides past in a leopard-skin thong.' (Sunday Telegraph 20040613)
'Delightful and informative evocation of the Cote d'Azur at various epochs ... [by] its loving chronicler' (Critic's Choice, Daily Mail 20040612)
'A highly readable account ... as an introduction to the Cote d'Azur, it works wonderfully well' (Traveller magazine 20040801)
'An energetic guide ... an entertaining cautionary tale' (Independent 20040625)
'Lively new history ... entertaining' (Mail on Sunday 20040829)
'Ring covers the ground with just enough detail to titillate' (Sunday Times 20050508)
'Ring, I'm glad to say, rises to the Riviera's defence....a highly readable history' (J G Ballard, The Guardian 20040731)
'Enormously entertaining' (Daily Express 20050722)
'Crammed full of fascinating accounts of disgraceful behaviour on the beaches and in the villas of the world's most decadent playground' (Guardian 20050507)
The fascinating story of how one of the most glamorous and popular holiday destinations in Europe today has evolved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Some of the errors could be editing or print mistakes (Varian Fry, a man, is repeatedly referred to as "she"), others are just wrong (the 2CV car was produced by Citroen not Renault...the Grimaldi castle that Picasso used is in Antibes not Golfe-Juan...etc..). As a result, it constantly raises questions about general accuracy.
The author also seems to write with a bit of a disdainful tone that can be irritating. The Riviera does indeed deserve quite a bit of criticism for the way it has developed, but the tone combined with the factual inaccuracies combine to give the impression that the book was written out of scorn for the topic.
Which is too bad. The book does cover a broader time period than most and would seem to try to go a bit deeper. If the tone seemed less affected by what sounds like personal bias and if there were at least some minimal fact checking, this could be a 4 star book. But as it is, it is too flawed...too untrustworthy... to rate above a 3.