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FULL OF TIMELINE INFORMATION BUT NEVER CAME TO LIFE
on 15 June 2015
I bought this on the strength of a good review in a Sunday newspaper, but found it quite disjointed, tedious and repetitive. It does give very detailed information about the lives and loves of the subjects - Nancy Cunard, Zelda Fitzgerald, Tamara de Lempicka, Josephine Baker and Tallulah Bankhead - but the subjects did not really come alive on the page for me, except in their fragile, sad and complicated lives beyond the Flapper era, which were not the focus of this book. The sense of all these women swimming against the norms of their time was clear, though, and the evocation of the era and how they captured the contemporary imagination was effectively conveyed.