With a father who was the director of the Lincei library and a professor of Oriental literature, an astronomer uncle and a mother descended from the Medicis, she grew up in a family of aristocrats and intellectuals. She studied philosophy, even though her dream was to become an actress. In , she published a collection of overtly sensual poems, Arethusa. When her parents learnt about it, she was sent to a convent in Switzerland, where she left again after going on hunger strike. This city proved to be the beginning of freedom.

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Shelves: biography , disappointing , nonfiction This is a toughie to review I think I might have hated "Schiap" if I ever met her. She name-drops like there is no tomorrow.

I wonder did she choose anecdotes just so she could name names She mentions being firm friends, lifelong friends, dear friends, fast friends Is it possible that these people felt the same???

A good test of this might be to see how many of these famous people mention her in their biographies? The woman practically invented networking! Her This is a toughie to review Her relationship with her daughter was very difficult to understand. She talks about her love for Gogo with genuine feeling but she spent so much time away from her from infancy.

She is Italian by birth but chose to be French. She seems to hold onto nothing at all She bizarrely seems to blame experimental drugs for her loosing touch with the fashion Zeitgeist.

She hardly mentioned her collaborations with Dali and the ONLY reference to Coco Channel her biggest rival is to mention that Channel and a long list of other people was at some party or other. All that being said, she occasionally had the most beautiful turn of phrase and sometimes she really hit the nail on the head with her pithy observations p. Bad joke, I know Instead she talks a lot about her experiences as an immigrant, as a single mother, her furniture, and about escaping occupied Paris and aiding the resistance during WWII - all of which were quite interesting.

She also writes a lot about yachting and private This was really interesting, even though she barely writes about fashion at all. She also writes a lot about yachting and private plane capers with her pals - those parts were less interesting to me. And when she talks about her jewels being stolen she says she lost practically nothing because the diamonds and sapphires were very small.

She lived in a different world, to be sure, and this book provides a tiny yet valuable window into it. Much of her tale is fascinating; all must be taken with a grain of salt. It seemed to have been written in a spirit of defensive self-justification; was she trying to convince herself she was a halfway decent parent?

I wanted to hear much more about her collaboration with Dali and Cocteau, more about her creative process, less about her furniture More and better illustrations would have been welcome. Her account of WW II was rather interesting and offered a different perspective on the Nazi occupation of France than I have ever read before.. I also enjoyed the account of her visit to Moscow.

She alternates between writing in teh first and third person and note sin the beginning of the book that she views herself as if in a mirror. I tried to decipher when she switched personal Schiaparelli was an amazing person, but her autobiography just kind of rambles on like a one-sided conversation.

I tried to decipher when she switched personal pronouns from first to third person, but there was no consistency. Sometimes, it seemed that, in the third person, she was reflecting and in the first , she was telling an account So yes

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His studies focused on the Islamic world and the era of the Middle Ages and he was, in addition, an authority on Sanskrit and a curator of medieval manuscripts. He also served as Dean of the University of Rome , where Schiaparelli would herself later go on to study philosophy. She became enraptured with the lore of ancient cultures and religious rites. These sources inspired her to pen a volume of poems titled Arethusa based on the ancient Greek myth of the hunt. The content of her writing so alarmed the conservative sensibilities of her parents they sought to tame her fantasy life by sending her to a convent boarding school in Switzerland. Her craving for adventure and exploration of the wider world led to her taking measures to remedy this, and when a friend offered her a post caring for orphaned children in an English country house , she saw an opportunity to leave.


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