French Island Eleganceby Michael Connors
They are the jewels of the Caribbean, gorgeous prisms through which we see reflected the opulent world of the French Creole aristocracy. The French-speaking islands of Martinique, Guadaloupe, Marie-Galante, and Saint Martin come alive as never before in the pages of French Island Elegance, a lavishly illustrated look at one of the most intriguing and beautiful parts of the world. More than 160 color photographs taken especially for this book give readers a privileged glimpse inside a world rarely seen by most visitors-the palatial, elegantly furnished homes of the islands' affluent sugar, cotton, and tobacco barons, both historical and contemporary. An authoritative text sheds light on the area's rich social, architectural, and interior design history-a vital past that still influences French Island taste and cultural life to this day.
- Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 9.87(w) x 10.25(h) x 0.87(d)
- Age Range:
- 13 - 18 Years
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This book is gorgeous, and an interesting read too. The French islands manage to express Colonial West Indian style in a way that feels timeless and stylish, rather than rigidly period. Page after page, I was transported to a place of beauty and elegance, and could almost feel the touch of a soft tropical breeze russling through the palms.
What a lovely book! Somehow the French expression of Caribbean syle manages to transcend a rigid period look, making it feel timeless, graceful, and ever so appealing. This book is gorgeous, interesting, and will make you long to feel the caress of a Caribbean breeze as it rustles through the palms. Intoxicating.
Having read Dr. Connors' previous books, Caribbean Elegance and Cuban Elegance, I looked forward to French Island Elegance. I was not dissapointed. Once again Dr.Connors has provided us with a well-researched and easily readable narrative accompanied by Bruce Buck's sumptuous photographs. The two of them have developed into a winning team. French Island Elegance will not only look great on anyone's coffee table, but is a wonderful resource on a subject that heretofore has had none.