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Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan Hardcover – October 14, 2014

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 2nd Printing edition (October 14, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847843211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847843213
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 1.2 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Illuminatus VINE VOICE on October 30, 2014
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Marella Agnelli’s story is quite remarkable. Although her mother was born in Peoria, Illinois, she managed to marry into Italian nobility. Marella did even better, marrying Gianni Agnelli, probably the wealthiest man in Italy at the time.

This beautiful volume is an autobiography/biography with some parts written by Marella and others by her niece. What is unique is that their stories are built around the magnificent properties that the Agnelli’s acquired and decorated in such splendid fashion. These histories are fascinating, evoking a life style that seems like a fairy tale today. And the photographs are stunning, beautifully composed in a manner that instantly transports the reader to the exotic locations. One can enjoy the cosy, elegant intimacy of one of Marella’s reading rooms, stroll through the palatial entrance hall in one of her estates or wander through brilliantly sculptured gardens. One will always return from these vicarious journeys with a soft smile and a desire to embark again.
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Stunning book! Covers the life of Marella Agnelli, which is well lived in some of the most beautiful settings. Private photographs of Mrs. Agnelli's homes and gardens with details about the way she has lived her life. Long gone are the days when living, entertaining and beauty were an art. This book is full of incredible photographs that tell the story of a life that is rich and rewarding.
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This is a beautiful book, much larger than what i had envisioned, with many photos of Marella & Gianni's homes & artwork. I didn't give it 5 stars because it was somewhat lacking in the personal life details. Not that i expect a "True Confession" type, but the family has been through many travails as well as spectacular success so i expected more. Nonetheless, it is worth every penny, i am enjoying it thoroughly.
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This is a beautiful coffee table book of Agnelli's homes. I had hoped there were more photographs of her fashion style throughout the years, so I'm giving it just 4 stars.
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By Rock on December 14, 2014
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I am so glad to have waited for the right moment to go through this book. When I closed it, four hours have gone by, unnoticed. To read this book is like watching a swan glade through a crystal clear lake. Mme. Agnelli's biography is a testimonial of flawless good taste, and there is where the importance of this book resides, not in the wealth, nor in the amazing circunstances of her life, but in the sobriety and elegance of her own words used to describe her impressions, love for nature and refined interiors.
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A garden, to me, is a place of peace, where coming close to nature occurs without any danger, where admiring trees, shrubs and flowers gives you a special kind of joy. But I am not a gardener. And I had never bought a book on gardening. Until "Marella Agnelli: The Last Swan" that is. This book is exceedingly well presented, no doubt. However, I expected much more about Marella herself and her extraordinary life. The pages and pages dedicated to her many gardens, her talks with her famous gardener, the photos of her luxurious greeneries were not my cup of tea. However, they would delight, I am sure, the many readers who are keen gardeners. I was left still wondering WHO IS MARELLA.
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Sumptuous. The highest standard in bookmaking that rises to this extraordinary subject.
We will leave this open on the table through the holidays.
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Beautiful presentation and a fascinating story of a woman who did not lose her dignity in telling her story. I was prompted to look further into the family history and it is full of drama and tragedy proving, yet again, money makes no difference. I loved this book.
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