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Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern Paperback – February 6, 2007
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Something that took me by surprise was the detail the author goes into regarding fashion of the day. The surprising part was that I found it fascinating! I'm not a big fashion buff, but think the idea of cultural critique via fashion is a very interesting one.
The book is divided into thirds, with the first one-third being about, as I said, F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, the "quintessential flapper couple," as well as various prominent figures of this era, including Lois Long, a writer for the fledgling "New Yorker"--which, interestingly, was not always as highbrow as it is now. These people had lives which could (and probably do) all fill books individually, so some of the mini-biographies feel a bit superficial, but I'm sure a book that was exhaustive would be several hundred pages long. The second portion of the book is devoted to fashion, and the final one-third of the book is dedicated to the films of the era. An epilogue describes the eventual fates of each of the book's main players.
This is definitely a book well worth reading, but it has a couple of flaws. It does get dry in some portions, and you have to just "power through" to get back to the interesting parts. Obviously, these will vary from reader to reader, as I'm sure not all people would be as interested in the fashion portion as I was. One other fundamental problem, though, is that this could be subtitled "A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the WHITE Women Who Made America Modern.Read more ›
Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern is well worth the price. It's packed with solid research as is also highly entertaining.
Get a wiggle on and go buy it!
As a woman and a feminist, I'm eternally grateful to these women for what they did, and for the struggles and sacrifices of the generations that came before them.Read more ›
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I didn't know much about this Era before reading this book. That in mind - sometimes I felt like there was so much information thrown at me in an uncohesive manner, that I found it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Toni Hendricks
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! I am a flapper fanatic with an obsession for this remarkable time period when women blasted past cultural norms and created a social revolution. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Scarlet Amor
If you are into the 20s this is a great book! Used it for my thesis paper and really loved the information I was able to get out of it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by gatorador
Very interesting facts about legends Coco Chanel and Scott Fitzgerald.Published 3 months ago by cmmcdonald
Flapper had a rough start for me. It begins with a few stories about women of the time period, and little context of the surrounding environment. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amanda Bivens
I ordered this book because it was on a list of approved books I had to choose from for an assignment. I'm glad I chose it. What an amazing read! Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christina
Outstanding social history that highlights the extent of just how profound the changes were in American society. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mark Blilie
Oh, to be a woman in America....This book was very enlightening. It told of how the woman was once viewed as this neat, prissy little being, one to have dates in the parlor, and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by SLMartin