As well as good times, that life included suffering endured with great courage. The Murphys' teenage sons died within two years of each other in the mid-1930s--one suddenly, one after a long battle with tuberculosis--and the Depression forced Gerald to resume the uncongenial work of managing his family's business. Vaill's sensitive rendering reveals the moral substance that enabled this stylish couple to survive heartbreak. But it's her marvelous evocation of those magical expatriate years that lingers in the memory. The wit and imaginative panache with which the Murphys lived sparkles again, recapturing a splendid historical moment. As Sara later said, "It was like a great fair, and everybody was so young." --Wendy Smith --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I would highly recommend to anyone interested in reading about the good life.
I read this book several years ago, and when I see the cover, and that title, I stop and think what a wonderful, sweet, time I had with this book.
Sara and Gerald Murphy were shadowy figures that we caught glimpses of when reading Hemingway, and Fitzgerald's work.
A delightful book of a turbulent past era. Book was a little long and if you want to try the shorter version read "living well is the best revenge" by Calvin Tomkins. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Richard Roth
An excellent biography that reads like a novel. Comprehensive and well done.Published 14 days ago by Rene
I loved this book! Many of the artists of post WW1 flocked to Paris and the Cote D'Azur where they spent endless sunny days together through happy times and personal sorrows. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Barbara
This is a great book to read especially if you have read books about the Fitzgeralds or the Hemingways and want to know more about the Murphy's who are referred to so often in... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kellen
slow start due to detailed family backgrounds and early acquisition of their wealth and staid conformist young lives.. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Terrence N., St Germain
With such a well researched and
well documented work how could the author possibly have misspelled
Lillian Hellman's last name ?!?! Read more
Besides the detailed description of this iconic couple, the book provides an interesting look at Hemingway's and Fitzgerald's jealousy. Great photos!Published 1 month ago by Victor Huckabee
The book was well written and a delight to read. I hesitate to give it 5 stars because of the topic. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Fan
The author brings you into a relationship with Sara and Gerald...you feel included in their world of art and beautyPublished 1 month ago by Robb