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Normandie: France's Legendary Art Deco Ocean Liner
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O tempora, o mores!Read more ›
This book is a good balance of text with photos I have never seen before. Being an artist and designer, I am impressed with the layout and design, noting especially the cover and inside composite illustration. And it's printed in Italy! The historical perspective is complete and accurate as always. It's a must have for the SS Normandie enthusiast, design student, or maritime historian.
I love chapter two with your inclusion of the Exposition des Arts Décoratifs of 1925. I had the privilege of seeing an art deco exhibit in London at the V&A, and one of the exhibits was brief film footage of a crossing on Normandie in colour. What a treat.
The fold outs of the deck plans are very interesting showing how CGT had a complete vision of the deco style that didn't end with the furniture or interior embelishments, but extended to the overall architecture of the ship. It's also interesting to see the overviews of the cabins on those decks, and as to the whereabouts of the surviving relics today.
Someone told me how he once had seen a friend off on Normandie, commenting how it was the most beautiful ship he had ever seen. The generous photos in this book give me an idea of what he experienced. Especially the large photo of the lift, which is wonderfully placed at the end. These photos are all nicely restored with nice tonal balance.Read more ›
Despite his occasionally self-indulgent writing style, Mr. Maxtone-Graham really is a tremendously good storyteller, and he manages to bring the ship's tragically short career vividly to life. He truly loves the "Normandie," and seems to luxuriate in simply writing about her. If he comes across as pretentious from time to time, I can forgive him. He is, after all, writing about the biggest, fastest, most luxurious, and most modern ocean liner of the time. He avoids the pitfall of focusing solely on the rich and famous, instead choosing to depict the ship's life largely from the perspective of common passengers and crew members. The construction and fitting out of the ship receives ample space, as does the creation of her beautiful public spaces and interior decor. What technical material is here doesn't overwhelm the text, but as someone interested in naval architecture, I wouldn't have minded a bit more.
On the whole, this is a beautifully produced, fascinatingly written, and loving tribute to the "Normandie." After reading it from cover to cover, I finally understand what made her such a "big deal" at the time, and what keeps drawing people in.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
John Maxtone-Graham (RIP) was the best ocean liner historian of his generation. He pays a great tribute to one of the most amazing ocean liners ever in this book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amishomelet
I'm a huge, huge fan of Mr. Maxtone-Graham. I have most of his books, and I'm infatuated with the Normandie, but I didn't buy this book. Why? Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steve G Greskowiak
Amazing detail in the book. I'm surprised this much was available so long after the ship's demise not to mention its birth. Read morePublished 11 months ago by AEM
great book I recomend it to any liner buff , hard to beat anything by john maxtone-grahamPublished 19 months ago by jefferystewig
Wonderful compilation of photos and information about a lost era of transatlantic travel.Published 20 months ago by John M. Bushby
A most beautiful book on the most beautiful ocean liner ever created by mankind.Published 20 months ago by L. Henderson