I know that many people will be interested in this novel just because of Chanel’s name, but I think you should be interested in Mademoiselle Chanel for far more reasons than just that. C.W. Gortner has written a fascinating tale of the 20th century by tracing Chanel’s rags to riches story.
I know that this is a fictionalization of Chanel’s life, and admittedly I did not know much about her beyond her fashion sense, but I learned to much in Mademoiselle Chanel.
- Chanel was quite the drug user, as were many of her friends,
- She was a feminist who revolutionized women’s clothing. May sound like a minor accomplishment, unless you’ve ever worn a corset,
- She had a truly sad family life, tragic even,
- Although popular in the United States, she was not very interested in selling her clothes there,
- She was a Nazi collaborator during the occupation for France,
- She may have also been tied up in a spy network
Who would like this book? Obviously if you are drawn to true-life historical fiction, then Mademoiselle Chanel is for you. You don’t need to be a fashionista, I certainly am not, to enjoy Chanel’s forays into the fashion world, for fashion tells so much about the social history of a time. Arts. culture, politics and feminism all come together in this book. It is a wonderful story of 20th century Europe.
I received this book from the publisher for review consideration.