Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story

Everybody Was So Young Gerald and Sara Murphy A Lost Generation Love Story Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife Sara were icons of the most enchanting period of our time handsome talented and wealthy expatriate Americans they were at the very center of the l

  • Title: Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story
  • Author: Amanda Vaill
  • ISBN: 9780767903707
  • Page: 239
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were icons of the most enchanting period of our time handsome, talented, and wealthy expatriate Americans, they were at the very center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s In Everybody Was So Young one of the best reviewed books of 1998 Amanda Vaill brilliantly portrays both the times in which the MurphysGifted artist Gerald Murphy and his elegant wife, Sara, were icons of the most enchanting period of our time handsome, talented, and wealthy expatriate Americans, they were at the very center of the literary scene in Paris in the 1920s In Everybody Was So Young one of the best reviewed books of 1998 Amanda Vaill brilliantly portrays both the times in which the Murphys lived and the fascinating friends who flocked around them Whether summering with Picasso on the French Riviera or watching bullfights with Hemingway in Pamplona, Gerald and Sara inspired kindred creative spirits like Dorothy Parker, Cole Porter, and F Scott Fitzgerald Nicole and Dick Diver in Tender is the Night were modeled after the Murphys Their story is both glittering and tragic, and in this sweeping and richly anecdotal portrait of a marriage and an era, Amanda Vaill has brought them to life as never before Chicago Tribune.

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    1. In 1921 wealthy young Americans Gerald and Sara Murphy moved first to England and then to Paris with their three young children, in order to escape the stifling restrictions imposed upon them by their families and the social milieu in which they lived. They were interested in the arts and soon found themselves actively involved in the artistic life in Paris, working on sets for the Ballets Russes, mixing with Picasso, Cocteau and Léger and later with the writers of the “Lost Generation” inc [...]

    2. I resented having to place this book down and exit the world that Sara and Gerald Murphy invented for themselves. It was all too easy to slip into the grace and charm of Villa America, or to envision the full-tilt excitement of painting backdrops for Parade and hosting the Ballets Russes set for a drunken soiree in honor of Les Noces ending with Stravinsky jumping through a laurel wreath. (Seeing the 'Misia, Queen of Paris' exhibit at the Musee de Orsay and the Paul Guilliame collection at the O [...]

    3. Looking at the reviews here, you wouldn't get it - but in fact, The Murphys weren't particularly rich. They chose Paris - and then the South of France - because they were places of beauty and civility where a dollar might be stretched to its limit. And did they know how to stretch it! On very little beyond loving support and sometimes elbow grease, they helped to midwife, groom and finance much of what became "Modern" in the first half of the 20th Century.In an earlier book about her parents, Ho [...]

    4. I have had incredible fortune with all of the excellent books that I have been reading this year. This book about the Murphy's is no exception. Hands down, Gerald and Sarah Murphy were two of the most generous people around during the early to mid-1900s, and unfortunately, all of that good karma that they should have generated didn't save them from all of the tragedy that they had to face in their lives. What's great about this book is that there is so much detail around the Murphy's friendships [...]

    5. I actually started reading this book before the new film adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” came out. I think that a person can mature in one’s understanding of the “Roaring 20s” and 30s by reading this book. The reader who cracks this book purely to indulge a guilty pleasure and immerse oneself in a sparkling period of great parties, beauty and artistic advancements is bound to find a very different experience. If nothing else, it left me with the understanding that every time period ha [...]

    6. At the epicenter of the European modernist movement were Sara and Gerald Murphy. This “golden” couple” were a wealthy expatriate family that moved the French Riviera following World War I in the early twentieth century. Sara was an heiress and Gerald’s family owned the Mark Cross Company. Originally neither of their parents approved of their marriage. Sara’s family felt she was marrying below her station and Gerald’s family felt Sara was unsuitable. Looking to get away from their con [...]

    7. How wonderful to have spent the past several days with Gerald and Sara Murphy. Generous souls, the two were gifted for friendship and for family. They gave their three children an enchanted upbringing at Villa America, their home in Antibes, where they entertained Scott and Zelda, Picasso and Olga, Hemingway and Hadley and later, Pauline (whom they preferred). In the midst of cocktails, style, and genius, they somehow made a very child-friendly experience, with fairy tale garden settings for par [...]

    8. I had read this book many years ago and recently reread it, something I do rarely, but it was well worth it in this case. An extremely well researched and well written biography of a couple, Sara and Gerald Murphy, who were central to many of the artists and writers who emerged in the early part of the 1900s. With a home in Antibes, they hosted many luminaries such as Hemingway, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Leger and Picasso.They were at the core of this world adding ballast, encouragement and of [...]

    9. Elegiac biography of the couple that embodies the twenties and the Fitzgerald era. It's all, of course, incredibly sad. But filled with beauty, intelligence, wit, art, and triumphs. Ah, to have known those people The talent of Vaill is that she gives us the sensation that we actually meet them and know them - it's as if we were invited to one of the fabulous parties these people organized and shared. She brings the Murphys back to life with poignancy and much tenderness, and with them, it's a wh [...]

    10. I've given this book about 120 pages and am abandoning -- just not a book for my cup of tea. I admire the author's dedication to telling this story and love the intersections of the Murphy's lives with the great authors, artists, poets of their time. I finally ended up looking up the couple on just to see how their lives went and that is enough for me. The detail just finally detracted from the story. I did learn a new phrase though that I must use with my research: "noncausal synchronicity."

    11. Ok, I love love love this time period. The 1920's in France. But this book is so detailed that you have to be a super fan to get through it. I did read the whole thing but it was tough to get all the way through. Interesting relationship between Sara and Gerald and certainly was fun to live vicariously through them. The pirate treasure hunt sounded amazing. But again, who want to know who attended every party and what they wore.

    12. Everybody Was So Young: Gerald and Sara Murphy: A Lost Generation Love Story by Amanda Vaill is a detailed account of the life of artist Gerald Murphy and his wife Sara. They are probably now best known as the basis for Dick and Nicole Diver in Tender Is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The Murphys were good friends with F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway and their families, in addition to many other modernist movers and shakers, many of whom they met in Paris in the early 1920s.The editi [...]

    13. This is the third book I've read recently that pertains the Gerald and Sara Murphy, part of the "Lost Generation". I find that while I enjoyed reading about their lifestyle, their family and friends it was with a sense of sadness. They moved many times in their lives together but never seemed to be able to stay at any one place for very long. Gerald was a very good painter and the ones that were pictured in the books I've read have a "pull" on your senses. It seemed he was constantly looking for [...]

    14. It's one of the best biographies I've read, rich in context while clearly focused on the central characters. It brings to life this extraordinary couple and the extraordinary time they lived in -- the Gilded Age, WWI, the Twenties, the Depression, WWII and beyond. It fills in the gaps left in other works such as "A Movable Feast" and adds dimensions to the Murphys' famous friends. The author portrays the Murphys in their own words, using the ample collections of letters they left behind. It make [...]

    15. The summary of the recently published bestselling novel VILLA AMERICA found me puzzling about whether I had read it, because I seemed to know a great deal about Gerald and Sara Murphy who are the subjects of this novel. But the book which I read was years ago, so it certainly was not Villa America, and I recalled enjoying it immensely. A little Googling (Love this resource!) led me to this biography I had read, as well as a wonderful review. Everybody Was So Young has been republished recently, [...]

    16. The story of Gerald and Sarah Murphy is one of the most fascinating aspects of the 20's in France. They should have been in "Midnight in Paris". They were young and in love and drew the most interesting people into their orbit. They seemed to have mastered the art of living beautifully. They were totally devoted despite the fact that Gerald was gay.Hemingway and Picasso were in love with Sara. Did she reciprocate? They lost two of their three children to illness. What a compelling story.

    17. I'm pretty much obsessed with the Lost Generation, so I don't know how it took me 45 years to read about Gerald and Sara. They were incredible, the art and music and literature in their orbit is dazzling, and this is one of the best biographies I've read in years. If you are at all interested in the Lost Generation, in Paris in the 1920s, in Hemingway, Fitzgerald or Dorothy Parker, you MUST read this book. And then prepare to be amazed by how they are dwarfed and humbled by the inspirational gre [...]

    18. Biography of Gerald and Sara Murphy and their fellow Lost Generationers. So full of detail that at times it was tedious but such a kind representation of the Murphys. Their story is quite charming and sad. I'm inspired to re-read Hemingway and Fitzgerald now that I have a background on them as people. And by the way, I rarely mention when I read a Kindle copy vs hand held book but just for information purposes, only 61% is story and the last 39% is acknowledgments and source material. Maybe that [...]

    19. I loved this book! Amanda Vaill does a beautiful job of telling us about Gerald and Sara. Truly a fascinating couple. It's really a story of marriage, family and friendship. However, the settings and cast of characters is extraordinary. I read everything else I could find about them after this book. I fell in love with them and my heart broke for them, as well.

    20. This book sparked a "Lost Generation" reading jag. Started with Fitzgerald, led to Dos Passos, Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. Wonderful story about an artistic couple with the wealth to explore their eccentricities. I thought it was slated to become a movie, but haven't seen any progress.

    21. Reading this book was like picking up an old habit. 20 years ago I spent a summer devouring Fitzgerald and 1920s-related Hemingway, which is how I first heard of the Murphys. Sara Wiborg was an American socialite whose mother had helped her make quite a splash in London society before the war, where she also saw Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, fresh from its riotous debut in Paris. She was more engaged intellectually and artistically with the world around her and she found no pressing need [...]

    22. Oh, to be an artist or a muse?Everybody was so Young detailsemphasis on the word "details"e life of Gerald and Sara Murphy, American expatriates who counted as their friends Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, among others. They were a focus of the intellectual circles in the 1920s primarily in Paris and the French Riviera. This well researched look at the period has a lot going for it but I found myself wanting more about the actual artistic and intellectual geniuses of the t [...]

    23. Everybody Was So Young throws you into the glamorous world of the Murphys (Sara and Gerald) who crossed paths with many famous figures from the Modernist movement. The Murphys are more subtle figures compared to their famous friends Picasso, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald; yet studying more "normal" figures from this period provides a clearer picture of what this life actually felt like. Centered on the infamous Villa America, this nonfiction work immerses you in the language, art, and social structu [...]

    24. This was a very well done biography of the famous Murphy family and their set. This book does an excellent job of fleshing out many of the timeless names of the Lost Generation. The charm of this book is that Vaill pulls no punches and doesn't sugar coat these people. The reader gets to see the warts of everybody along with the inspiration that created some of the most notable works of art in the 20th century. This is a fantastic companion piece to the works of Fitzgerald and Hemingway.

    25. A fascinating look at an era and generation. I read this book over a year ago and find it still haunts me. We visited Cap d"Antibes last May, where Sara and Gerald established their Riviera home. What a thrill it was to walk along the Garoupe Beach - which they had discovered - trying to envision what it must once have been like before the Murphys helped to popularize the area. Now, of course, it's thick with tourists. But the imagination can take flight!

    26. This is a fabulous love story of the first Boomers with zip, Sara & Gerald Murphy. They lived their lives with brilliant creativity from the turn of the century to become expatriates in Paris in the 1920's. Loved by artists and friends in the artistic milieu, their world was shattered by personal tragedy. The Murphy story is one where they bravely faced life, steered their boat towards a different port, with their marriage in tact to final contentment.

    27. I really loved this dual biography of Gerald and Sara Murphy. I had read The Paris Wife, and if you want to immerse yourself in that world more, this is a wonderful, well-written, well-researched biography.

    28. Absolutely delightful and informative history of the Murphys and their Lost Generation circle in France and what happened to them later in life. Definitely recommended, and read this first before "Hotel Florida," which has a related cast of characters.

    29. 3.5 stars. Interesting , but perhaps too much details at times, and speculation. Of course if you can't interview people speculation is often lol you are left with.Not sure what it is about the roaring 20's which are so intriguing, I guess like the 1960s, a time people want to relive and look at examine a lot of change going on. I was really struck by how many of their family lived in Paris, almost all the sibliblings on both sides of the family. I was also struck by all the moving they did, alm [...]

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