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The Chaperone por Laura Moriarty
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The Chaperone (original 2012; edição 2012)

por Laura Moriarty

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A novel about the friendship between an adolescent, pre-movie-star Louise Brooks, and the 36-year-old woman who chaperones her to New York City for a summer, in 1922, and how it changes both their lives.
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Título:The Chaperone
Autores:Laura Moriarty
Informação:Riverhead Hardcover (2012), Hardcover, 384 pages
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Avaliação:****
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This is a middling book charting a woman's journey from the childhood she spent during the early years of the century in an orphanage in New York to life in Kansas with adopted parents, up to her death as an old family matron in the 1980s.

Cora's very traditional upbringing in Kansas has not prepared her for the journey she took in the 1920s as a chaperone to the 15-year-old Louise Brooks (a real character) while she started out her dancing career with the Denishawn Dance Company in New York. It is amusing to watch her develop from her uptight, corset-wearing, and very conservative into a modern woman with views ahead of her time. I chuckled at the lecture she gave her young charge about women being like candy, and men not wanting to have candy that has been unwrapped. I have heard this same disgusting analogy from some Egyptian TV personality (possibly a preacher). Consider that the character of Louise Brooks rightly sneered and laughed at this, as many of the liberated flappers of that time did, some 100 years ago, while women in this day and age are still held hostage to that type of reasoning.

The book is a bit drawn out. Some reviewers have pointed out that it had perhaps set out to tackle too many issues in one volume: Birth control, pregnancy out of wedlock, adoption and identity, gay rights, and women's liberation. That in addition to the huge historical scope of two world wars, depression era and orphan trains makes this book a bit too unwieldy for full enjoyment.

Cora starts out as a pathetic conservative character completely dependent on her distant husband, she makes a miraculous, somewhat unreasonable, recovery into a pioneer of 20th century issue. The idea is uplifting if it was not far-fetched.

The moral of the story as I understood it is that living a long and fulfilled life starts with adapting to your circumstances and making the most of them, while opening up to changes in moral standards, styles and attitudes.
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  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
I'm surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I still haven't read the blurb so I had no idea what to expect.

The author's voice and writing style made it easy for me to get into the book right away and the Cora's story held me until the very last sentence.

I don't read a lot of "chick lit" but every once in a while, a good character-driven story, free from murder and mayhem, is nice. ( )
  amcheri | May 25, 2021 |
I wasn't fully engaged until finding that both the main character, Cora, and where she lives, Wichita, Kansas, will soon be contrasted with Cora chaperoning the young, charismatic Louise Brooks as she goes to study dance in New York City. I was at first focused on Louise, and shared Cora's concerns about her. But despite Louise's flash, Cora is indeed the more complex and interesting character. AT no point ws I really able to predict what was to happen.
This was another great book to listen to. Elizabeth McGovern, who narrates, displayed talents I didn't know she had. ( )
  dcvance | May 4, 2021 |
I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book, although I do agree with some of the negative reviews. Yes, the main characters do not seem believable. Also, the historical facts left me with a sense that the main character was a female version of Forest Gump, with historical titbits showing up here and there. Yet, yet…

I was drawn in by the idea that between peoples’ public facades and their private lives may be an abyss. I think of myself as a milder version of the fictionalized Louise Brown, in the sense that my thoughts and believes are very much exposed, and that often I have paid the price for being vocal or outward about subjects that were “unpopular”. But I have seen and admired people that are able to walk on that very fine line where their dignity and integrity were not damaged, yet they did not expose themselves to others scrutiny, or caused a stir with their views or attitudes. Oh, yes, we do need the Louise Browns of the world to move things along. But I admire those that live their lives in quiet rectitude.

My rating is 3.5 really.
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  RosanaDR | Apr 15, 2021 |
Overall liked the story, some of the bigger picture,historical context stuff was a little clunky. Grew to like Cora as the book progressed,but she was pretty stodgy in the New York section. I found Louise to be totally unlikable throughout ( )
  naoph | Jan 1, 2021 |
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When a lovely woman stoops to folly, she can always find someone to stoop with her but not always someone to lift her up again to the level where she belongs. - "Mr. Grundy", For Atlantic Monthly 1920

It excited him, too, that many men had already loved Daisy-it increased her value in his eyes. - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby, 1925

There is not Garbo! There is no Dietrich! There is only Louise Brooks! - Henri Langlois, 1955
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The first time Cora heard the name Louise Brooks, she was parked outside the Wichita Library in a Model-T Ford, waiting for the rain to stop.
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