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Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 - A Novel-logo

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 - A Novel

Francine Prose

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself Paris in the 1920s. It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine. As the years pass, their fortunes-and the world itself-evolve. Lou falls in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis. Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose's finest novel yet.

A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself Paris in the 1920s. It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine. As the years pass, their fortunes-and the world itself-evolve. Lou falls in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis. Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose's finest novel yet.
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A richly imagined and stunningly inventive literary masterpiece of love, art, and betrayal, exploring the genesis of evil, the unforeseen consequences of love, and the ultimate unreliability of storytelling itself Paris in the 1920s. It is a city of intoxicating ambition, passion, art, and discontent, where louche jazz venues like the Chameleon Club draw expats, artists, libertines, and parvenus looking to indulge their true selves. It is at the Chameleon where the striking Lou Villars, an extraordinary athlete and scandalous cross-dressing lesbian, finds refuge among the club's loyal denizens, including the rising photographer Gabor Tsenyi, the socialite and art patron Baroness Lily de Rossignol, and the caustic American writer Lionel Maine. As the years pass, their fortunes-and the world itself-evolve. Lou falls in love and finds success as a race car driver. Gabor builds his reputation with vivid and imaginative photographs, including a haunting portrait of Lou and her lover, which will resonate through all their lives. As the exuberant twenties give way to darker times, Lou experiences another metamorphosis that will warp her earnest desire for love and approval into something far more sinister: collaboration with the Nazis. Told in a kaleidoscope of voices, Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 evokes this incandescent city with brio, humor, and intimacy. A brilliant work of fiction and a mesmerizing read, it is Francine Prose's finest novel yet.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Edoardo Ballerini, Rosalind Ashford, Geoffrey Cantor, Maggi-Meg Reed, Nicola Barber, Suzanne Toren

Length:

18h 14m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

01:15


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

17:55


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

39:03


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

04:55


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

08:43


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

23:16


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

11:34


Part 1, Chapter 7
Part 1, Chapter 7

11:17


Part 1, Chapter 8
Part 1, Chapter 8

28:17


Part 1, Chapter 9
Part 1, Chapter 9

26:26


Part 1, Chapter 10
Part 1, Chapter 10

08:25


Part 1, Chapter 11
Part 1, Chapter 11

20:53


Part 1, Chapter 12
Part 1, Chapter 12

13:19


Part 1, Chapter 13
Part 1, Chapter 13

23:10


Part 1, Chapter 14
Part 1, Chapter 14

34:33


Part 1, Chapter 15
Part 1, Chapter 15

11:28


Part 1, Chapter 16
Part 1, Chapter 16

02:34


Part 1, Chapter 17
Part 1, Chapter 17

24:17


Part 1, Chapter 18
Part 1, Chapter 18

13:38


Part 1, Chapter 19
Part 1, Chapter 19

33:13


Part 1, Chapter 20
Part 1, Chapter 20

10:34


Part 1, Chapter 21
Part 1, Chapter 21

08:42


Part 1, Chapter 22
Part 1, Chapter 22

18:54


Part 1, Chapter 23
Part 1, Chapter 23

07:00


Part 1, Chapter 24
Part 1, Chapter 24

07:28


Part 1, Chapter 25
Part 1, Chapter 25

28:55


Part 1, Chapter 26
Part 1, Chapter 26

05:44


Part 1, Chapter 27
Part 1, Chapter 27

09:56


Part 2, Chapter 28
Part 2, Chapter 28

26:00


Part 2, Chapter 29
Part 2, Chapter 29

08:20


Part 2, Chapter 30
Part 2, Chapter 30

03:14


Part 2, Chapter 31
Part 2, Chapter 31

18:33


Part 2, Chapter 32
Part 2, Chapter 32

08:48


Part 2, Chapter 33
Part 2, Chapter 33

07:06


Part 2, Chapter 34
Part 2, Chapter 34

01:50


Part 2, Chapter 35
Part 2, Chapter 35

08:57


Part 2, Chapter 36
Part 2, Chapter 36

11:45


Part 2, Chapter 37
Part 2, Chapter 37

12:48


Part 2, Chapter 38
Part 2, Chapter 38

09:13


Part 2, Chapter 39
Part 2, Chapter 39

01:51:23


Part 2, Chapter 40
Part 2, Chapter 40

05:42


Part 2, Chapter 41
Part 2, Chapter 41

13:42


Part 2, Chapter 42
Part 2, Chapter 42

09:26


Part 2, Chapter 43
Part 2, Chapter 43

20:18


Part 2, Chapter 44
Part 2, Chapter 44

09:38


Part 2, Chapter 45
Part 2, Chapter 45

07:42


Part 3, Chapter 46
Part 3, Chapter 46

34:29


Part 3, Chapter 47
Part 3, Chapter 47

08:21


Part 3, Chapter 48
Part 3, Chapter 48

03:43


Part 3, Chapter 49
Part 3, Chapter 49

33:58


Part 3, Chapter 50
Part 3, Chapter 50

19:37


Part 3, Chapter 51
Part 3, Chapter 51

11:16


Part 3, Chapter 52
Part 3, Chapter 52

07:38


Part 3, Chapter 53
Part 3, Chapter 53

24:30


Part 3, Chapter 54
Part 3, Chapter 54

17:31


Part 3, Chapter 55
Part 3, Chapter 55

09:07


Part 3, Chapter 56
Part 3, Chapter 56

43:21


Part 3, Chapter 57
Part 3, Chapter 57

21:59


Part 3, Chapter 58
Part 3, Chapter 58

09:23


Part 3, Chapter 59
Part 3, Chapter 59

07:19


Part 3, Chapter 60
Part 3, Chapter 60

18:28


Part 3, Chapter 61
Part 3, Chapter 61

45:51


Part 3, Chapter 62
Part 3, Chapter 62

14:30


Part 3, Chapter 63
Part 3, Chapter 63

12:38


Part 3, Chapter 64
Part 3, Chapter 64

01:15