(PDF READ) [Intimate Enemies The Two Worlds of the Baroness De Pontalba] µ Christina Vella
This book was magnificent The author s site does a pretty good job of summarizing it as well as giving you a guide to her authorial style Up front disclaimers the vents depicted in the book are horrible in parts attempted murder children that died in infancy they don t get a lot of coverage but pretty
MUCH ANY FACTUAL BOOK ABOUT THAT TIME PERIOD THAT any factual book about that time period that on family life and law is going to have some the titular Baroness has five children in her marriage on family life and law is going to have some the titular Baroness has five children in her marriage of whom make it widespread soc Historical fiction Fascinating history of New Orleans Loved it Read it long ago but I still think about the book I forced my way through the first chapter minutia of life in arly New Orleans telling myself the book would pick up The 2nd chapter was no better 75 pages in and still struggling through background I gave up Vella did not lead me to care nough about the baroness to slog thru this tome Excellent historical book on the life of Baroness de Pontalba the lady behind the building of the apartments on Jackson Suare in New Orleans Well researched and Black Heart, Red Ruby entertaining reading as she chronicles her life Wonderful descriptions of life in New Orleans in thearly 1800 s and in France for the middle of the century Read for my book club We visited the Historic New Orleans Collection to see the recently discovered sketches of Madame de Pontabla s son Gaston during their two year visit here The story is so so interesting and so amazing but the book was hard to read Vella felt compelled to share all her in depth research And I got bogged down in the Born into wealth in New Orleans in 1795 and married into misery fifteen years later the Baroness Micaela Almonester de Pontalba led a life ripe for novelization Intimate Enemies however is the spellbinding true account of this resilient woman's life and the three men who most affected its courseImmediately upon marrying Clestin de Pontalba Micaela was removed to his family's state in France For twenty years her father in law attempted to drive her to abandon Clestin; by law he could then seize control of her fortune He tried dozens of strategies including at one point instructing the ntire Pontalba household to pretend she was invisible Finally in 1834 the despairing lder Pontalba trapped Micaela in a bedroom and shot her four times before turning his gun on himselfMiracul. ,
Summary Intimate Enemies The Two Worlds of the Baroness De PontalbaEtails Great scholarly work but
Not Super Accessible I Lovesuper accessible I love city and am glad I added to my knowledge I would give this book a 35 This is an outstanding super detailed history of New Orleans I learned so many interesting facts about the city that I call home It is based on the life of Baroness Pontalba whose apartments flank Jackson Suare But I would say only about 20% of the book is about her life In fact I think that the title is Rather Deceptive The Book Would Make A Great History Of deceptive The book would make a great history of Orleans textbook and since the author is a pr Micael Almonaster Pontalba is a fascinating woman who ndured pain and hardship than seems possible but she Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey endured Everything that is beautiful andnchanting about New Orleans is because of her This is a must read for anyone who loves the city Normally I don t finish non fiction but this one is such a captivatingportrait of Louisiana life in the 1700 s and 1800 s that I keep going back to it Growing up in New Orleans as I did one becomes aware of the Pontalba Buildings at a young age These 19th century buildings flank Jackson Suare called the Place d Armes at the time this book is concerned with the iconic St Louis Cathedral is in the center It seems I ve always known the name of the Baroness Pontalba as the woman behind the buildings but that was all I knew about her But once this book came out her life between the marriage and the building of the Pontalba apartments was revealed and the full story is a doozyOn What an amazing storyI have had a long love affair with New Orleans I think it is the. Ously she survived Five years later after securing both a separation from Clestin and legal power over her wealth Micaela focused her attention on building following in the footsteps of her late illustrious father Andrs Almonester Her Parisian mansion the Htel Pontalba is today the official residence of the American mbassy in France; and her Pontalba Buildings which flank Jackson's Suare in New Orleans form together with her father's St Louis Cathedral Presbytere and Cabildo one of the loveliest architectural complexes in AmericaAs for Clestin he ventually suffered a total physical and mental breakdown and begged Micaela to return She did so caring for him for the next twenty three years until her death in 1874In Intimate Enemies Christina Vella mbroiders the compelling st. Most interesting city in the United States such a tragic romantic chaotic history And I didn t know the half of it such a tragic romantic chaotic history And I didn t know the half of it history of this family is all bound up in the history of the city which is one of the reasons I was so looking forward
to reading this book well it turns out this book it turns out most of Michael s the Baroness pronounced Mee Kye Ell astounding story takes place in France but she left her finest legacy an architectural treasure the designer of which is still unknown in the Pontalba buildings in New OrleansI won t try to summarize Michael s biography because it is much too complex but her life was as tragic and romantic and chaotic as the city she was born in Throughout the book I was in awe not only of Michael s strength and determination but also of Christina Vella s impeccable research I am one of those nerds who actually reads footnotes and ndnotes and this author pored through thousands and thousands of letters and legal documents Michael was involved in some kind of litigation for most of her adult life often against her father in law who would ventually try to kill her and her husband in both the United States and France In addition to the meticulous narrative of the AlmonesterPontalba drama this biographer like the best of them deftly and with delightful wit describes the historical context in which the lives of her subjects unfold This is possibly one of the best in terms of subject matter and structure biographies I ve ver read I am in awe of Vella s skills as a writer and historian and I am in love with New Orleans than The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs ever. Ory of the Almonester Pontalba alliance against a richly woven background of thevents and cultures of two centuries and two vivid societies She provides a window into the yellow fever pidemics that raged in New Orleans; the rebuilding of Paris the Paris Commune uprising and the Second Empire of Napoleon III; European ideas of power class money marriage and love during the baroness' lifetime and their inflection in the New World setting of New Orleans; medical treatments legal procedures imperial court life banking practices and much Combining the historian's meticulous research with the biographer's xacting knowledge of her subject and the novelist's gift for narrative Vella has crafted a rare cross genre work that will capture the imagination and admiration of very read. .