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A STRANGE COMBINATION OF TOPICS
on August 4, 2012
I had read where this book fell into the category of `historical fiction'. This novel encompasses so many different topics I am unable to categorize it as falling under any specific genre. By the second part of the book so many new revelations come about at such lightening speed it makes you suck in your breath because no way did you see that one coming.
One would expect such a novel to be confusing & difficult to read, but to the author's credit this is not the case. The story flows fairly smoothly to an acceptable conclusion, albeit, after a certain point, at the speed of light.
While the story is entwined around a 1920's silent movie actress, Louise Brooks, the book is categorically about - as the title suggests - `The Chaperone', Cora, a mid-western housewife.
Maybe it was just a clever idea to weave the two stories together - I don't know since I had never heard of Louise Brooks before. However, it peaked my interest enough that I will now look for some autobiographical material about Louise Brooks to read.
If in fact there is no truth to the connection between the real Louise Brooks & `The Chaperone' the book will have lost its credibility & perhaps Ms. Morarity could just as well have written a story about Cora - a mid-western housewife of the 1920's & her coming-of-age experiences. The connection between the two women seems almost incidental to Cora's story. Perhaps the title came first & then a story had to be designed to follow. Maybe?