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Normandie: France's Legendary Art Deco Ocean Liner First American Edition Edition
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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 ›
We had one of the Normandie's Lifeboats at Kings Point, the US Merchant Marine Academy, which I attended in the 1950's.
Then, on a cruise aboard Queen Mary 2 (and to the person that complained about how Maxtone-Graham drops the "the" before the ship's name- this is the proper useage)I had an opportunity to look at the book.
The pictures are very good and I have not seen some of them before, but there is way too much about how the ship was decorated and the service aboard. It's almost like reading about a hotel.
There is little to nothing about her turbo-electric drive or machinery, and the author's writing style does become a bit irritating after a while.
The overall feeling that you have after reading the book is that you wanted much more from it.
Sad to say, the book is not worth even the reduced price offered by Amazon.
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 5 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 6 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 7 months ago by AEM
After being disappointed by John Maxtone-Graham's recent book on the SS "United States," but enjoying my rereading of "The Only Way to Cross," I thought I'd give... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Daryl Carpenter
great book I recomend it to any liner buff , hard to beat anything by john maxtone-grahamPublished 16 months ago by jefferystewig
Wonderful compilation of photos and information about a lost era of transatlantic travel.Published 16 months ago by John M. Bushby
A most beautiful book on the most beautiful ocean liner ever created by mankind.Published 16 months ago by L. Henderson