Geography of the Gaze: Urban and Rural Vision in Early Modern Europe jCora Carlisle the chaperone is a great character I felt as though I knew Cora and was completely wrapped up in her life There was one twist in the story I didn t see coming The author also piued my interest in reading about Louise Brooks who was certainly a woman ahead of her time I would highly recommend this one I ve already passed my copy to a coworker 4 I would describe this story as a woman sourney of self discovery as she is entering a mid life crisis at the dawn of the twentieth century A voyage to discover truths about her beginnings which will change the set course of her life as she knows and expects It will lead to one focused on greater personal fulfillment and meaning rather than other s expectations or strictures Cora is wearing a tight corset during this uest which is mentioned often It s uncomfortable constrictions offer a symbolism to all the things about her life that are keeping her confined Prohibition and widespread lack of sexual information and women s health mirror the general restrictions and prohibitions women were subject to at the time especially ones lacking the preferred background pedigree When she travels to New York as chaperone to a young rebellious Louise Brooks her eyes begin to open to the changes coming in society s s and challenge her to look beyond her rigidly held beliefs and conventional outlook about what is acceptable and right in her own life Cora s dominant character is complete fiction up against the secondary one of the real life Brooks The based on fact details of Louise s life add contrast and interest to the changing times during the Gilded Age I really enjoyed the reading experience and as often happens in a story like this I stop and think about how fortunate we modern day women are in progressive countries Bullet ReviewParts 1 and 2 4 starsPart 3 Negative 80 starsWhat a HORRIBLE HORRIBLE end to an actual decent book with a great message and discussion topicMy recommendation Don t read past page 285 or read Part 3 if you liked what you were reading in Parts 1 and 2Full ReviewThe year is 1922 and Louise Brooks of Wichita Kansas is headed to New York City to dance with the Denishaw group Cora Carlisle is set to go with her as a chaperone but Cora wants to go for reasons than keeping Louise s virtue Unbeknownst to most people back home Cora was once Cora X an orphan child Now 36 she wants to use the trip to find out who she was and who she isThis is the Summer of Love the Summer I read only books I am pretty sure I will love And as you can see by the stars hanging above this review I failedThe rating isn t entirely fair for the first 285 pages parts 1 and 2 I really was enjoying myself I thought Cora s story was fascinating and I loved how the author gave us information about Cora s past and yet threaded the present day story too Of course I did find it a bit silly as there were loads of historical inaccuracies that threw me out of the story things like saying that pre 1920 s teenagers first known occurrence in 1921 dated several different people some without parents knowledge especially the women words like humungous using the word emphysema to talk about a smoking issue in the 1940 s when the association wasn t made until 1953 and talking about rape in a very modern fashion Coupled with the modernisms was a distinct lack of 1920 s vocabulary such as Coupled with the modernisms there a distinct lack of 1920 s vocabulary such as s closed bee s knees cat s meow copacetic or how about a perfect one Fire extinguisher aka chaperone I get that Cora might be hesitant to use these but Louise and other characters her age should have been tossing them outBut for the most part I could overlook the inaccuracies because the story was fascinating In the first two parts Cora is a very stodgy prudish opinionated woman Girls had to be kept pure hemlines should cover the ankle and alcohol was deplorable But slowly we realize her story her yearning to know where she came from to see someone that looks like her to find real oy in her life to release desire and passion she can t find in her marriage She starts to see how things that she thought were horrible may not actually be so bad the contrast of Cora s corset to Louise s brief dresses rings trueAnd then Part 3 happens Part 3 whisks us from 1922 to 1982 in a mere 80 pages in the most slapshod helter skelter flim flam method I could see Instead of the author focusing on one time on a set of characters and fleshing them out we have to speed through years and decades and upon reaching the end I m still not sure what the point is that could not have been said in a couple of page epilogueHere be spoilersview spoilerCora brings home her lover and his child and they become her long lost brother and niece She blackmails her gay husband into agreeing because she is keeping his secret about being gay Basically she found out he was gay and then he s like You can t tell because if you do you ll be destitute And he continues to dally around with his lover while paying Cora off with money for dressesCora then embraces alcohol fashions without corsets and contraceptives She sets up a ridiculously named home for pregnant women Kindness House All her friends and neighbors love her and NO ONE SUSPECTS her brother is her lover NO ONE EVER Not even when he never leaves her house for his own after he s back on his feet Because yeah they are still boinking on the side on Mondays and Fridays when her lover gets time off because the 30 s 40 s and 50 s were TOTALLY known for their flexible work hours And yet Raymond Alan s lover has to leave every night by "10pm or ALL THE NEIGHBORS WILL KNOWCora also meets up with Louise in the 1950 s and shakes some sense "or ALL THE NEIGHBORS WILL KNOWCora also meets up with Louise in the 1950 s and shakes some sense her causing Louise to head to New York SHE is basically the impetus for Louise making her modest come back of sortsThe end felt like it was written by a fangirl Oh and Cora is so modern and enlightened She also encouraged Louise to be amazing and not give up And everyone loves her And she still has lots of sexy sex with her lover under everyone s nose and her husband NEVER SAYS A WORD hide spoiler. Aceitar fazer auela viagem Por outro lado a diferença de idades e de atitudes entre as duas mulheres permite à autora tirar partido do ue distingue as duas gerações explorando engenhosamente as múltiplas facetas das mudanças ue vão ocorrendo na sociedad.
Laura Moriarty ☆ 0 DOWNLOADCorsets yes Condoms no Times are changing in 1922 but repressive attitudes linger Birth control is for sleazy people Divorce carries a permanent stigma Homosexuals are called sodomites and face severe conseuences if found out The Volstead Act Prohibition is strongly enforced and abstinence a virtue Like most people in Wichita Cora Carlisle adheres to these conventions out of habit and fear of being ostracized by the community Along comes sassy little Louise Brooks Beautiful talented ambitious and brazen She s ready to take on New York City but she s only fifteen so Cora is sent along to make sure Louise maintains the proper decorum The five weeks they spend together in New York help to launch Louise s career as a silent film sensation In subtle and unexpected ways the trip serves as a catalyst for changes in Cora s attitudes and lifestyle Cora is the chaperone and this is her story Laura Moriarty writes with uiet elegance about the changes in the roles of women and societal norms She shows not only the contrast between 36 year old Cora and 15 year old Louise but also the differences between Wichita and New York City in that era Most interesting and distressing to me was seeing the way people had to live a lie in the public eye in order to gain a measure of happiness in private So many things were frowned upon and often illegal that people had to feign moral rectitude while taking great risks behind closed doors and curtains As far as I know Cora Carlisle was not a real person but she serves as an excellent vehicle to carry us through almost 100 years of life A woman born in the 1880s and living into the 1980s had a lot of adjustments to make as the world changed around her Cora isn t a particularly exciting person but the context in which she is placed makes her interesting indeed The story has some flaws in pacing crawling along in some places and fast forwarding in others Aside from that it s written with confidence and subtlety by an author who knows the story she wants to tell and is determined to tell it her own way I m glad I went along for the ride Review copy provided by the publisher Cora Carlisle is a fictionalized character as The Chaperone in this story to Louise s Brooks who in real life was a film actress and dancer who starred in 17 silent films and 8 sound films before she retired in 1938 Author Laura Moriaty created a really engaging tale about a ourney that Louise Brooks Cora might have taken together to New York Louise was only 15 years old when she auditioned for the famous Denishawn Dance Company in 1922 In read life Louise did get hired with the company that year as a 15 year old For the purpose of this storyall girls underage no matter how mature or precocious they might be we re not allowed to be on their ownComing from Wichita Kansas all young performers had a chaperoneCora Carlisle was married with twin boys Her boys were older going off to College and no longer needed her in the way young children do Cora told her husband she was taking this summer ob instead of consulting with him which provides for a little mystery from the start The Brooks would cover all the expenses a little mystery around this family too Louise is very self centered at "the start of the book It s almost no wonder her mother seems "start of the book It s almost no wonder her mother seems to send her off not being the one to take her herself Louise is bright talented precocious and will try stretch every possible rule She exemplifies the Jazz Ageflapper girls with bobbed hairCora is matronly a little predictable and uietly udges Louise s liberal waysThere is a reason this story is mostly about Coraand less predictable and uietly udges Louise s liberal waysThere is a reason this story is mostly about Coraand less LouiseYetI did look up information about Louise Brooks it s only natural to be curiousWhen Cora and Louise get to New Yorkit s Cora that has the biggest growth She confronts her past She was in an orphanage as a child and was one of the orphans sent west on the Orphan Train She begins to do research into the orphanage where she stayed looking for answers to uestions she has Cora and Louise both have secrets in their closets Things are not all as they seem to be for either one of these women The blending of fact and fiction was a perfect dance This story was enjoyable I started out listening to the audiobookwhich was good but I wanted to speed things along I couldn t hike all night long so I continued reading a copy of the physical book which I ve owned for years It s fun book shopping in my own house I m finding treasures to read without spending a dime 45 Yuck Would not recommend this book at all I would put this book in the category of I wasted my time reading it so you do not have to LOL This book is loosely historical fiction but then has modern sensitivities and opinions inserted like a bait and switch or a wolf in sheep s clothing or any other sort of metaphor or imagery along these lines you may care to use It purports to be about Louse Brooks the silent screen star of the 1920s and her trip to NYC from Kansas City and how her mother hires a local woman to be her chaperone The story is told from the point of view of this chaperone And it goes off on tangents about how chaperone herself was originally from NYC but was an orphan sent out on the orphan trains to the Midwest and was adopted by a farm family outside of Kansas City So on this trip back to NYC she tries to go to the children s home where she had lived and When one reads the name of Louise Brooks on the acket of a book one assumes that the book will be filled with tales of the glamorous silent movie star who went to seed too fast but remained proud and arrogant till her death The fact that the name of the book is The Chaperone hinted to me that the story might involve Louise Brooks influencing her dowdy chaperone and introducing her to the big bad beautiful world of New York City That makes for okay reading Luckily for me the book in no way took that turn Instead it focused on the life of Cora Carlisle a proper married lady from Wichita who accompanies Louise on her Naturally Naughty Wicked Willing journey to New York but really goes to find truths freedom Em 1922 Louise Brooks tem apenas 15 anos e vive em Wichita no Kansas uando parte para Nova Iorue a fim de freuentar um curso de dança Com ela vai também Cora uma mulher mais velha eá casada para lhe servir de acompanhante Contudo apesar de Louise Brooks se. Nd a broader mind That s not including all the things she didn t count on findingOn first meeting Cora in the book one assumes she s a well bred woman of society who is happily married enjoys ladies luncheons and teas and has a keen eye on the world around her With Louise being the bubbly obnoxious carefree teenager it was easy to think that Cora would be the stark opposite with a spotless background As the book progresses we see Cora s strengths and importantly her vulnerabilities in marvellous ways Cora came to Kansas from an orphan house in New York City with no knowledge whatsoever of her real family Her teenage years were marked by the tragic loss of her adoptive parents and then a wedding to a rich handsome lawyer Their marriage seemingly normal on the outside had its own hidden tragedies that left me torn and confused for Cora Moriarty never made her characters all good or all bad there were two sides to every story and one had to keep reading to find out how they felt Cora s whirlwind F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby journey in New York with Louise was only part of the book The rest is the aftermath both good and bad focusing on Cora but with bits of Louise s shooting success and eually uick and gossip worthy failures leaking inThe Chaperone is a moral uandary an ache for freedom and happiness and a need to conform to the proprieties of society It uncovers the fact that everyone has deep secrets which drive their actions It showcases examples of good parenting absent parenting and downright horrendous parenting It portrays the differences in love and how important certain unforeseen relationships can turn out to be Most importantly it confronts truth and the necessity of hiding it for one s own good Cora s character was eual parts practical and spontaneous The fact that she was almost 22 years older than her charge showcases the differences in generational thinking and how both learned from each other however reluctantly it might have been The most beautiful part of it all is that the story is embedded in the world of Prohibition blacks versus whites the emergence of the Klu Klux Klan the obscenity of birth control the glamour of Broadway and finally World War II Moriarty takes us back into the 20s 30s and 40s with ridiculous ease as she weaves a plot that made me loathe to put the book down for as much as a minute It s the summer of 1922 in Wichita Kansas and thirty six year old Cora Carlisle is bored Her twin sons are preparing to leave for college and she doesn t have anything to do with her time except various charity functions Then she learns that her neighbor s fifteen year old daughter has been accepted to a summer dance program in New York and needs someone to accompany the girl as a chaperone Cora volunteers for theob but has motives other than Walled (The Line, just an excuse to get out of Kansas for the summer Cora s own history began in New York and she goes there hoping to answer some uestions about her past In the meantime though she will stay busy keeping an eye on her charge headstrong independent fifteen year old Louise Brooks who is only a few years away from becoming a Hollywood superstar I picked this up expecting it to be a light fun romp in the vein of Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Dayust two ladies being modern and fun and generally having a blast in a pre WWII setting What I got was somethingpretty different It feels unfair to say that the synopsis felt like a bait and switch it s called The Chaperone after all so obviously it s going to focus on Cora than Louise but it s so Cora heavy that Louise barely functions in the story at all Moriarty is obviously concerned with Cora s story than Louise s and this is most apparent in the structure of the book I expected the story to cover ust the period that Cora and Louise spent in New York but instead the book spans Cora s entire life When she returns to Kansas from New York what I expected to be a two or three page epilogue instead turns into the last 34 epilogue instead turns into the last 34 the book as we have to sit through all of Cora s marital drama turns out that her husband view spoileris gay a plot twist that was blatantly projected from basically the minute the husband was introduced hide spoiler I can t recommend this book to any of my friends SPOILER ALERT There is a bit of a spoiler in the next paragraphThere are a couple of themes going on in this book The first is knowing oneself How do we know who we are Cora abandoned as a child felt compelled to find her birth mother because she thought it would help her to feel complete Louise raised by two parents seemed to have the background that Cora envied The author did a good ob exploring the lives and backgrounds of the two characters and how they found that sense of self or
"did not find "not find other theme was morality Set in the 20 s morality was black and white If something was bad that was it there were no shades of gray As Cora went through life those lines began to blur She was very udgmental in the beginning of the novel and became aware and accepting as she matured It was interesting to see the contrast between her and Louise who b I really liked so much of this book including Elizabeth McGovern s excellent narration but it ust went on so long I felt like it had several false endings places where I was finished but then it kept goingMaybe the probelm is ust that I didn t expect an epic when I began The story covers almost 50 years of Cora s life in a great deal of detail And while I find the 20th century interesting background I was frustrated at Moriarty *s need to touch on so many different issues Prohibition adoption gay rights reproductive rights suffrage Add to that Cora *need to touch on so many different issues Prohibition adoption gay rights reproductive rights suffrage Add to that Cora to witness or read about dozens of historical events I began to feel manipulated after a whileWhat a I loved was the relationship between Cora and Louise Brooks I am a sucker for an author using a notice one true event and creating fiction from thereI would have been much satisfied had she ended the book after their summer together First off I am a sucker for historical fiction I really really liked this book. Ter tornado mais tarde um dos grandes ícones do cinema mudo é a vida de Cora ue Laura Moriarty recria neste romance Cora Carlisle é uma sufragista bastante convencional ue oculta os seus segredos e tem motivos próprios relacionados com as suas origens para.