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The Glitter and the Gold Madrid 21 cm 361 p Encuadernación en tapa blanda de editorial ilustrada Colección 'Cuadernos de memoria' Vanderbilt Balsan Consuelo 1877 1964 De la traducción María José Delgado Título original The glitter and the gold Este libro es de segunda mano y tiene o puede tener marcas y señales de su anterior propietario ISBN 978 84 03 01286 8 A privileged life full and with interest This was a fascinating look at how the 1% lived at the turn of the twentieth century including an interesting description of Winston Churchill as a young manConsuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was the American born wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough She was a member of the immensely rich Vanderbilt family and her cruel and ambitious mother arranged her marriage to an English duke who needed money to repair his house and pay his bills An intelligent well meaning and kind lady Consuelo did a great deal of charity work and took it seriously; treating everyone she met with respectHowever the entitlement arrogance stupidity and selfishness of her husband and many of the titled and Royal people she knew was sickening They were especially repulsive because they lacked the noblesse oblige and dedication to public service that could have acted as a counter balance to their privilege I do understand that they were a product of their times and some would say they didn't know any better but at the same time this environment produced the energy brilliance and ambition of Winston Churchill and a dedication to duty and charity in Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan Dare I say that their American blood had something to do with it? Yes I will though I am a dedicated Anglophile Oh poor little Consuelo When reading this book I didn't know if I should throw it against the wall or simply muddle through to see if there were any redeeming ualities about poor little rich girl Alas I found noneSelf absorbed she pats herself on the back for dividing the food in the tins given to the poor Others she notes simple through all the left over food in the container mixing it all together This indeed was her claim to fame Of course she hated her domineering mother who locked her in her room forbidding her to come out until she agreed to marry the title Duke of Marlborough Finally when she agreed she was whisked away to England to a life in Blenheim palaceHobnobbing with little Winston Churchill and his mother there are pages and pages about the families who snipped and sneeredThere were way too many pages of who royalty when always and how in high style gliding their way throughout the glamours ballsI should have stopped reading at 50 pages but after visiting New Port RI often and touring the homes I thought this book would be interestedNot recommended Save your time and money for something worthwhile Or if you buy it donate it to the poor and be like Consuelo give yourself a hearty dose of self congratulation for sharing I'm a tad confused In other books I've read how absolutely miserable consuelo's marriage was but there is no mud racking in this autobiography Amazing how within a couple of generations spurned ex wives would so willingly spill their dirty laundry for all the works to read

  • Hardcover
  • The Glitter and the Gold
  • Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan
  • 09 August 2016
  • 9788403012868

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