Tions spurned ex wives would so #WILLINGLY SPILL THEIR DIRTY LAUNDRY FOR #spill their dirty laundry for the works to read I am totally conflicted about this book It is republished from the original in 1953 It is the autobiography of most of the life
"Of A Woman Whose Family "a woman whose family partial heirs to the Cornelius Vanderbilt fortune At age 17 Consuelo has an arranged marriage to the Duke of Marlborough in England It has been reprinted because of the success of the Downton Abbey series on PBS What I liked was the incite into the heads to the very very wealthy of the late 1800 s and early 1900 s You meet royalty and important people by the score You enjoy their formal dinners and their ball People like Churchill eep popping up at these gatherings But even with all the wealth her marriage fails and we are told her second marriage is a much happier one What I didn t enjoy was her constant name dropping of royals and others many times with very little explanation about who they were Also this is a woman who has a life others only dream about not because of her own talent but only because of her family Although later in life she does help orphans and sick ids but in general it is a guiltless life of privilege She has no problem using her wealth to help flee the Nazis from France in the 1940 s I am reading an ARC so the only visual aid is her photo in the front cover I truly hope that in the published edition in October they will have photos of the important people in her life The book is worth reading to be sure but it is a flawed work in many ways Consuelo Vanderbilt had an amazing life The Glitter and the Gold gives a look into the days of one of the most famous women of American and English turn of the century aristocracy Even though she grew up in some of the most famous houses on Fifth Avenue Newport RI and England her childhood was a sad one
had the of having Alva Vanderbilt as her mother Alva was a strong selfish and ruthless mother In fact she locked away Consuelo and ept her prisoner until she agreed to marry the arrogant and violent Duke of Marlborough Consuelo disliked the big mansions especially Marble House how could she In the end however she was able to find true love with Jacues Balsan The writing is a bit awkward but somehow adds to the veracity Even when describing terrible treatment Vanderbilt Balsan retains the understated tact of an aristocrat Interesting read Oh poor little Consuelo When reading this book I didn t now if I should throw it against the wall or simply muddl. E libro es de segunda mano y tiene o puede tener marcas y señales de su anterior propietario ISBN 978 84 03 01286.she had the
Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan ô 5 ReadTure of this period or this family is to read Alva and Consuelo Vanderbilt first I think that book gives a far complete
"Picture And That This Book "and that this book a nice supplement to it Overall a very enjoyable read This was a fascinating look at how the 1% lived at the turn of the twentieth century including an interesting description of Winston Churchill as a young manConsuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was the American born wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough She was a member of the immensely rich Vanderbilt family and her cruel and ambitious mother arranged her Marriage To An English to an English who needed money to repair his house and pay his bills An intelligent well meaning and ind lady Consuelo did a great deal of charity work and took it seriously treating everyone she met with respectHowever the entitlement arrogance stupidity and selfishness of her husband and many of the titled and Royal people she Forever Faithful (Forever Faithful, knew was sickening They were especially repulsive because they lacked the noblesse oblige and dedication to public service that could have acted as a counter balance to their privilege I do understand that they were a product of their times and some would say they didn tnow any better but at the same time this environment produced #the energy brilliance and ambition of Winston Churchill and a dedication to duty and charity #energy brilliance and ambition of Winston Churchill and a dedication to duty and charity Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan Dare I say that their American blood had something to do with it Yes I will though I am a dedicated Anglophile Interesting story written in a most uninteresting way Consuelo Vanderbilt had an amazing life raised with unlimited money by an evil social climbing mother married off when young to the Duke of Marlborough living a life as duchess in a Downton Abbey style castle traveling the world later finally divorcing and going on to be a great philanthropist and women s rights activist But not a writer sadly The book was a snore Very readable and Consuelo is imminently likableThe idle rich creating so much poverty and pretending their social causes make of difference than paying a fair wage wouldSighWe are in the height of our own gilded age I hope we treat those benefiting financially from huge societal ineualities marked worse than the robber baronsLate stage capitalism is a bitchReminds me again of why I loathe the suffragettes Suffragettes were never feminist I m a tad confused In other books I ve read how absolutely miserable consuelo s marriage was but there is no mud racking in this autobiography Amazing how within a couple of genera. Ilt Balsan Consuelo 1877 1964 De la traducción María José Delgado Título original The glitter and the gold Est. A privileged life full and with interest I think I d enjoy a third person biography of Consuelo Vanderbilt I get the sense that there s a lot to the story than she herself presents it Fun for fans of the gilded age but for the most part not too exciting the frivolity of the London season is so tiring weekend hunting parties at Blenheim palace are ever so tiring for the hostess etc Then in the last twenty pages the story becomes completely and unexpectedly gripping as the author and her husband are trying #to get out of the way of the Nazi invasion of France A #get out of the way of the Nazi invasion of France A read all in all if a bit slack toward the middle I ve seen this book and its author take some rather harsh and I believe unwarranted criticism Granted I have a particular interest in the history of the Vanderbilts and this is the fourth or fifth book I ve read involving their legacy so I was already familiar with some of what Mrs Balsan relates here However referring to her as snobbish simply because of her use of formal English and rather common French idioms says about the would be critic rather than any hubris of the writer s I very much enjoyed Consuelo s writing style managing to impart her struggles and passions without buying into the poor little rich girl narrative with which the world sought to burden her She never seeks to invoke pity I also found that she manages to talk about tireless work and great accomplishments in philanthropy without a hint of self aggrandizement In her world of such extreme comfort she found true meaning in helping othersAnother freuent complaint about The Glitter and the Gold is that too much of it reads like a list of famous people the former Duchess met and entertained Where I do find some of these passages to be a little tedious Friendfluence knowing your Vanderbilt history comes in handy I also think it would ve been interesting to hear about her feelings during some of the wellnown and public events in her life However this is someone for whom publishing the painful and salacious details would have been untoward I think the Downton Abbey craze helps sales of books like these but then also condemns them to undue criticism when the story doesn t move along like a romance novel The Countess of Carnarvon s books on Highlclere Castle are great examples of this much of the real and very interesting history of Highclere can be found in the plot of the tv show but people find the books boring because they re not juicy enough My suggestion for anyone truly interested in the history and cul. Madrid 21 cm 361 p Encuadernación en tapa blanda de editorial ilustrada Colección 'Cuadernos de memoria' Vanderb.