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Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story Paperback – April 20, 1999
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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.
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Anyone who has read into the lives of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Picasso and the other expatirot residents of Paris in the 1920s will recognize Gerald and Sara, perhaps unfavorably as hanger-ons who supplied the money the others lived on. That unfair assessment is turned on its head in Amanda Vaill's dual biography of the couple.
The Murphys were more than a bank account who gave parties; celebrity bottom feeders more interested in status than in accomplishments. They were something of an oddity. Both were from wealthy families, yet both wanted more than the family life they craved. Gerald had an eye for art, music and decorating; it was amazing to learn he was first to boost many artists who later became famous; "Grandchildren," he said as he showed them a copy of "Meet the Beatles." "Pay attention. These young men are going to be very, very important."
From their village in the Antibes, which was a backwater when they discovered it, they befriended people like Hemingway and Fitzgerald, John Dos Passos, Archibald Macleish, Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett as well, while Gerald became famous in his own right for his finely detailed studies of mechanical devices: a watch, a machine, of a boat deck and smokestacks.Read more ›
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If you haven't read about the Lost Generation, you must read this book. The Murphys were hosts to so many soon-to-be giants in their fields; and they "discovered" the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by SCB
In the era before texting and email, so many wrote letter after letter daily, providing a wealth of first hand insight. A beautiful tribute to Gerald and Sara. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Christine A. Bertrand
Cannot say much more than the heading, lots of name dropping, personal problems of the mentioned famous people could have been left unmentioned. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Magnificent book about the lost generation in the South of France during the 20s. I read it 3 times. Very well written and humorous too. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. Stevens
The Murphys were an exciting American couple living in France during the 1920s who seemed to be at all the right places acquiring friendships with those who would eventually become... Read morePublished 7 months ago by John O'Connor
This is an outstanding book for anyone interested in the American expats in Paris in the 1930's!Published 9 months ago by Glenn Grzonka