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Free read ☆ On the Wilder Shores of Love 102 ↠ Most famous for The Wilder Shores of Love her book about four women travellers Lesley Blanch was a scholarly romantic and a bold writer Her lifelong passion was for Russia the Balkans and the Middle East At heart a nomad she spent the greater part of her life travelling the remote areas Most famous for The Wilder Shores of Love her book about four women travellers Lesley Blanch was a scholarly romantic and a bold writer Her lifelong passion was for Russia the Balkans and the Middle East At heart a nomad she spent the greater part of her life travelling the remote areas her books record so vividly Born in 1904 she died aged 103 having gone from being a household name to a mysterious and neglected living legend She was writing about her eccentric Edwardian childhood at her death and that work never before published now forms the beginning of this wonderful memoir L. Lesley Blanch who died at the age of 103 in 2007 must be the very last of the great Bohemians She wrote about fashion and interior design for Vogue and published books celebrating her passion for Russia and the Balkans This new compilation has been put together by her god daughter and includes some of Blanch’s travel writing a retrospective memoir of her Edwardian childhood and previously published only in French the story of her marriage to the Russian French soldier diplomat and writer Romain GaryHer god daughter calls her “ a Sheherezade figure” Blanch romanticises in vivid detail her girlhood in the years leading up to World War One She had a baby by an Italian soldier gave it up for adoption and never mentions it again I couldn’t decide whether she was heartbroken or heartless Her first teenage impression of Florence was that it was “ forbidding”; Venice was “ draughty”Blanch’s style very much trapped in the era between the wars is often as indigestibly rich as Lawrence Durrell and occasionally as suffocatingly gushing as Barabara Cartland I was also reminded of Gore Vidal Like Gore Lesley must have been a fabulous guest at a dinner party a colourful talker but not perhaps a great listener Her writing suggests a monstrous ego at work Vidal again She had a prodigious memory but what she recalls in the most vivid detail are people’s homes and “ collectables” The portrait of her marriage is disappointing she refers to Gary’s “ amorous conuests” he was a serial adulterer without going into details and draws a veil over her own infidelitiesI was gifted this book and would not have read it otherwise Lesley Blanch “ lived a life of high intensity on many a wilder shore” her god daughter’s words There is a lot to like even to admire in this recollection of a peripatetic life that spanned the entire twentieth century but its author I suspect was not a likeable woman

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Esley Blanch chose to 'escape the boredom of convention' having first worked as a theatre designer and illustrator she became British Vogue's features editor during World War II and then in 1946 she sailed from England to travel the world with her diplomat novelist husband Romain Gary By the time they reached Hollywood in the late 1950s they were literary celebrities When Gary left her for the young actress Jean Seberg Blanch headed East and travelled across Siberia Outer Mongolia Turkey Iran Samarkand Afghanistan Egypt the Sahara making her mark as an indefatigable and generous t. This is a beautifully written book by a remarkable woman It is part autobiography part travelogue and part biography of the author's former husband the writer Romain Gary The book evokes a lost era and the writing has the uality of a sepia photograph Marvellous Her prose reminds me very much of Patrick Leigh Fermor's in A Time of Gifts I read this book and am transported

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On the Wilder Shores of LoveRavel writer Edited by her goddaughter Georgia de Chamberet who was working with her in her centenary year this book collects together the story of Blanch's marriage previously published only in French; a selection of her journalism which brings to life the artistic melting pot that was London between the wars; and a selection of her most evocative travel pieces to create the story of a fascinating bohemian and at times outrageous life that spanned the twentieth century Illustrated with photos alongside a selection of line drawings by Lesley Blanch wwwlesleyblanchcomwwwbookblastco. Gostei imenso deste livro Através dele fiuei a conhecer a vida de Lesley Blanch Escritora jornalista viajante inveterada Sobretudo alguém ue agarrou a vida com as duas mãos e viveu o mais e o melhor ue pode O livro inclui uma parte de biografia com a colaboração de Georgia de Chamberet bem como artigos escritos por Lesley Blanch Os temas são diversificados os anos em ue escreveu para a Vogue as recordações de Roman Gari com ue foi casada e as suas viagens incluindo a paixão pela Rússia e a passagem pelo Médio Oriente com especial destaue para a Turuia e o Afeganistão A escrita da autora é fluída e rica e apesar de escrever na primeira pessoa tem a capacidade de se evaporar do texto não estando demasiado presente Tudo isso faz com ue em determinados momentos nos esueçamos de ue este é um livro de memórias e de recolha de textos da autora pois uase parece um verdadeiro romance