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10 thoughts on “The Glitter and the Gold

  1. says:

    This was a fascinating look at how the 1% lived at the turn of the twentieth century, including an interesting description of Winston Churchill as a young man.Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan was the American born wife of the 9th Duke of Marlborough She was a member of the immensely rich Vanderbilt family and her cruel and ambitious mother arranged her marriage to an English duke who needed money to repair his house and pay his bills An intelligent, well meaning, and kind lady, Consuelo did a great deal of charity work and took it seriously treating everyone she met with respect.However, the entitlement, arrogance, stupidity and selfishness of her husband, and many of the titled and Royal people she knew was sickening They were especially repulsive because they lacked the noblesse oblige and dedication to public service that could have acted as a counter balance to their privilege I do understand that they were a product of their times and some would say they didn t know any better, but at the same time, this environment produced the energy, brilliance and ambition of Winston Churchill and a dedication to duty and charity in Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan Dare I say that their American blood had something to do with it Yes, I will, though I am a dedicated Anglophile.

  2. says:

    Oh, poor little Consuelo When reading this book, I didn t know if I should throw it against the wall, or simply muddle through to see if there were any redeeming qualities about poor little rich girl Alas, I found none Self absorbed, she pats herself on the back for dividing the food in the tins given to the poor Others, she notes, simple through all the left over food in the container mixing it all together This indeed, was her claim to fame Of course, she hated her domineering mother who locked her in her room, forbidding her to come out until she agreed to marry the title Duke of Marlborough Finally, when she agreed, she was whisked away to England to a life in Blenheim palace.Hobnobbing with little Winston Churchill and his mother, there are pages and pages about the families who snipped and sneered.There were way too many pages of who royalty , when always and how in high style gliding their way throughout the glamours balls.I should have stopped reading at 50 pages, but after visiting New Port, RI often and touring the homes, I thought this book would be interested.Not recommended Save your time and money for something worthwhile Or, if you buy it, donate it to the poor and be like Consuelo, give yourself a hearty dose of self congratulation for sharing

  3. says:

    I m a tad confused In other books, I ve read how absolutely miserable consuelo s marriage was, but there is no mud racking in this autobiography Amazing how within a couple of generations spurned ex wives would so willingly spill their dirty laundry for all the works to read

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    I ve seen this book and its author take some rather harsh, and I believe unwarranted, criticism Granted, I have a particular interest in the history of the Vanderbilts and this is the fourth or fifth book I ve read involving their legacy, so I was already familiar with some of what Mrs Balsan relates here However, referring to her as snobbish simply because of her use of formal English and rather common French idioms says about the would be critic rather than any hubris of the writer s I very much enjoyed Consuelo s writing style, managing to impart her struggles and passions without buying into the poor little rich girl narrative with which the world sought to burden her She never seeks to invoke pity I also found that she manages to talk about tireless work and great accomplishments in philanthropy without a hint of self aggrandizement In her world of such extreme comfort, she found true meaning in helping others.Another frequent complaint about The Glitter and the Gold is that too much of it reads like a list of famous people the former Duchess met and entertained Where I do find some of these passages to be a little tedious, knowing your Vanderbilt history comes in handy I also think it would ve been interesting to hear about her feelings during some of the well known and public events in her life However, this is someone for whom publishing the painful and salacious details would have been untoward I think the Downton Abbey craze helps sales of books like these but then also condemns them to undue criticism when the story doesn t move along like a romance novel The Countess of Carnarvon s books on Highlclere Castle are great examples of this much of the real and very interesting history of Highclere can be found in the plot of the tv show, but people find the books boring because they re not juicy enough My suggestion, for anyone truly interested in the history and culture of this period or this family, is to read Alva and Consuelo Vanderbilt first I think that book gives a far complete picture and that this book makes a nice supplement to it Overall, a very enjoyable read.

  5. says:

    Consuelo Vanderbilt had an amazing life The Glitter and the Gold gives a look into the days of one of the most famous women of American and English turn of the century aristocracy Even though she grew up in some of the most famous houses on Fifth Avenue, Newport RI and England, her childhood was a sad one She had the misfortune of having Alva Vanderbilt as her mother Alva was a strong, selfish and ruthless mother In fact, she locked away Consuelo and kept her prisoner until she agreed to marry the arrogant and violent Duke of Marlborough Consuelo disliked the big mansions especially Marble House how could she In the end, however, she was able to find true love with Jacques Balsan The writing is a bit awkward, but somehow adds to the veracity Even when describing terrible treatment, Vanderbilt Balsan retains the understated tact of an aristocrat Interesting read.

  6. says:

    Very readable and Consuelo is imminently likable.The idle rich, creating so much poverty and pretending their social causes make of difference than paying a fair wage would.Sigh.We are in the height of our own gilded age I hope we treat those benefiting financially from huge societal inequalities marked worse than the robber barons.Late stage capitalism is a bitch.Reminds me again of why I loathe the suffragettes Suffragettes were never feminist.

  7. says:

    I think I d enjoy a third person biography of Consuelo Vanderbilt I get the sense that there s a lot to the story than she herself presents it Fun for fans of the gilded age, but for the most part not too exciting the frivolity of the London season is so tiring weekend hunting parties at Blenheim palace are ever so tiring for the hostess etc Then, in the last twenty pages, the story becomes completely and unexpectedly gripping as the author and her husband are trying to get out of the way of the Nazi invasion of France A decent read all in all, if a bit slack toward the middle.

  8. says:

    I am totally conflicted about this book It is republished from the original in 1953 It is the autobiography of most of the life of a woman whose family is partial heirs to the Cornelius Vanderbilt fortune At age 17 Consuelo has an arranged marriage to the Duke of Marlborough in England It has been reprinted because of the success of the Downton Abbey series on PBS What I liked was the incite into the heads to the very, very wealthy of the late 1800 s and early 1900 s You meet royalty and important people by the score You enjoy their formal dinners and their ball People like Churchill keep popping up at these gatherings But, even with all the wealth her marriage fails and we are told her second marriage is a much happier one What I didn t enjoy was her constant name dropping of royals and others many times with very little explanation about who they were Also, this is a woman who has a life others only dream about not because of her own talent but only because of her family Although later in life she does help orphans and sick kids but in general it is a guiltless life of privilege She has no problem using her wealth to help flee the Nazis from France in the 1940 s I am reading an ARC so the only visual aid is her photo in the front cover I truly hope that in the published edition in October they will have photos of the important people in her life The book is worth reading to be sure but it is a flawed work in many ways.

  9. says:

    Didn t finish Didn t like.

  10. says:

    This is Consuelo Vanderbilt s memoir, the tale of her life in her own words Born in 1877, Consuelo was the great granddaughter of Commodore Vanderbilt, the founding father of the wealth that made the family famous Consuelo grew up in great luxury but with a rigid and authoritarian mother who achieved her crowning ambition for her daughter by marrying her off against Consuelo s will to the Duke of Marlborough As Consuelo relates, the marriage was not a success from the beginning and ultimately the marriage was annulled Consuelo accomplished significant social work through her connections and wealth and enjoyed a happy and loving second marriage as well as the company of family and friends, many of whom are famous and easily recognizable names Although I was disappointed that Consuelo is relatively close lipped about her first marriage, this is hardly surprising given that this is the father of her two sons, who she loved dearly She is not nearly so circumspect about discussing the harsh childhood she endured under her mother s iron rule in some cases literally Consuelo was made to wear a steel rod strapped to her spine while she completed her school lessons to improve her posture 11 Consuelo asserts that her mother had a violent temper that, like a tempest, at times engulfed us all 5 Much of Consuelo s account of her life reads like a who s who of British society She regularly socialized with royalty including the Prince of Wales, was presented to Queen Victoria, visited Tsar Nicholas, and was good friends with Winston Churchill Indeed, the Prince of Wales was godfather to her oldest son, Blandford and for the coronation of King Edward VII, Consuelo was one of the four duchesses selected by Queen Alexandra to be her canopy bearers It is evident from Consuelo s descriptions that she found the social obligations, particularly the endless wardrobe changes and household management entailed with entertaining royal guests exhausting and all consuming She sounds much passionate about the extensive time she devoted to social work, as she spent years championing the cause of women and children She opened homes for wives of the incarcerated, helped establish hospitals for mothers to improve pre and post natal care, and appealed for the rights of workers of sweatshops However, despite the value of reading of Consuelo s life in her own words, this reads much as it is the musings of an elderly woman with relatively little background information or context provided I found Amanda Stuart s biography of Consuelo and her mother immensely informative than this memoir Consuelo provides little to no history of her family and skirts around issues she would rather not discuss at length most notably her relationship with her first husband She also fails to discuss key figures throughout the narrative For instance, she mentions her brothers in the opening chapters and only again refers to them to summarize their lives in the final chapters Additionally, the memoir concludes quite abruptly, with her escape from Europe in 1940, with no mention of her life after that time In sum, this read was interesting for those who may already have some knowledge of Consuelo Vanderbilt but would serve as a poor introduction to her.

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