Review: “The Girls from La Vie Parisienne”

by writereaderly

the girls from la vie parisienneFrom the sublime to the frivolous. A 1960s item that proclaims itself “a superb scintillating album of endearing beauties designed for the collector-connoisseur” – aka a selection of drawings of ladies in various states of undress and precoital abandon, taken from editions of the magazine La Vie Parisienne from the 1870s through the 1920s. Apparently it was terribly popular porn in WWI, and some of the drawings are quite winning; also bizarre: watering one’s indoor plant dressed only in a hat, apron and stockings? A very fine slice of life, and (given the attention paid to clothes in states of removal) fabulous for historic costume parties.

Where it came from: Birthday gift from DC
Time and manner of reading:
A bedtime read
Where it went: Keeper Shelf
Best line of the book: DC’s favourite caption: “Suzy, why this fuss at an insect’s buzzing? Did you not this morning give in to your cousin?”
Reminds me of/that:
Who I’d recommend it to:
You know who you are
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; Peeling the Onion by Günter Grass