^BOOK ↡ Clara and Mr. Tiffany ☔ PDF eBook or Kindle ePUB free

Questo libro stata una scoperta molto piacevole Prima di tutto, quella di uno stilo dolce, delicato, pacato, che lentamente mi ha avviluppata nelle emozioni della protagonista.La storia di Clara, l inventrice dei paralumi di vetro soffiato anche se la verit storica tuttora controversa , si dipana lentamente, nell arco dei suoi 16 anni alle dipendenze della Tiffany Glass Decorating Company L autrice riuscita pienamente a trasmettermi l a di Clara per la natura ed i suoi fantastici colori Le forme degli alberi, le sfumature dei fiori, la brillantezza dei petali, i colori cangianti delle foglie sono una costante fonte di ispirazione per Clara, che persegue, in modo quasi maniacale, le modalit per donare luce alla natura Le descrizioni sono talmente vivide da desiderare di immergersi in quei colori.Lo sviluppo artistico di Clara si intreccia con lo sviluppo architettonico di una citt in piena rivoluzione New York Passeggiando o andando in bicicletta insieme a Clara, ho vissuto lo sgomento per la costruzione del Flatiron Building tra l altro, ancora oggi, uno dei miei preferiti grattacieli della citt l eccitazione per il primo viaggio nella sotterranea appena inaugurata la sorpresa per l arrivo delle lampadine elettriche di Thomas EdisonManhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island e il Bronx che diventano un unica citt , la seconda pi grande del mondouna comprimaria di tutto rispetto.Tuttavia gli altri personaggi non vanno dimenticati Prima di tutto, le colleghe di lavoro di Clara, le Tiffany girls, con le quali ho respirato la vera solidariet femminile che nasce dalla condivisione delle medesime sofferte condizioni di lavoro, delle medesime aspirazioni, pur nelle loro diversit I residenti della pensione dove vive Clara, con i quali ho vissuto l amicizia sincera, quella che si nutre di gioie, risate, scherzi, doni e carezze nei momenti di allegria, ma anche, e forse soprattutto, di aiuto, consolazione e sostegno reciproco nei momenti di difficolt Intrigante lo strano rapporto tra Clara e Louis Comfort Tiffany Pur nel rispetto della gerarchia della fabbrica, Mr Tiffany diventa una specie di mentore per Clara, insegnandole l a per la bellezza e spronandola a osare sempre di pi Affetto e delusione si mescolano meravigliosamente in questo rapporto, certo non ortodosso, e fondato sulla reciproca ammirazione Infine, ho sofferto e gioito per gli amori di Clara verso uomini molto diversi Edwin l uomo che le mostra un altro mondo l immigrazione in tutti i suoi degradanti colori, abbelliti tuttavia dalla dignit di queste persone che sognano solo una vita migliore Bernard l uomo che la aspetta S , perch Mr Tiffany non vuole donne spostate alle sue dipendenze Cos il matrimonio si traduce immediatamente in licenziamento L ingiustizia di questa politica traspira da ogni pensiero di Clara, sempre indecisa sull abbandonare un lavoro che adora per l uomo che ama.Il libro anche un romanzo storico con una accurata ricostruzione del periodo Ho cos conosciuto non solamente le condizioni di lavoro delle lavoratrici alla politica di Mr Tiffany di non assumere donne sposate si aggiunge quella dei sindacati che vietano l iscrizione alle donne , ma anche le discriminazioni subite non solo da parte dei padroni, ma, pi scioccanti ed insopportabili, da parte dei lavoratori Mi sono indignata ed ho marciato insieme alle Tiffany girls per la difesa del posto di lavoro, con la speranza di iniziare a lastricare la lunga e difficile strada delle pari opportunit Anche qui SV non delude, intrecciando la vicenda con i dubbi, le paure, le speranze delle giovani protagoniste.Le descrizioni, forse troppo dettagliate e, a volte, un po pedanti, dei vari processi di produzione delle vetrate e dei paralumi sono l unica pecca di questo libro Totalmente incomprensibili, per me Per fortuna sono poche pagine Consigliato vivamente a chi ha voglia di riconciliarsi con la natura e con l ispirazione che essa in grado di generare. Didn t finish this one got to a bit over 100 pages and then realized that I didn t care what happened next The premise was interesting a woman artist working in a time when female artists weren t recognized, Tiffany glass, New York at the turn of the twentieth century.I wanted to fall into the book, and I just couldn t Clara s character wasn t likable She seemed prim, although Clara herself seemed to think she was bohemian She had a mean spirited sense of humor, and seemed to think that beauty and drama made things important For example, a character commits suicide in an alley Clara goes to an opera by Wagner afterward and muses about how the death in the opera seems so much richer and meaningful than the actual death of her friend Seriously, this is her perspective She isn t enad of her gentleman friend, even though he works tirelessly and compassionately with the poor, because the poor are unattractive When she finds out he plays the piano, though, then he becomes interesting, because he s artistic Clara also quickly falls into a boardinghouse full of secondary characters that were very hard for me to tell apart I don t know if they were supposed to be jolly, bohemian, or what they had no depth I couldn t learn about Clara from her friends, because I couldn t really catch the culture or context in which they lived.I never got a real feel for the work she did in the Tiffany factory All the scenes showed her supervising, not actually doing art And Vreeland does do a good job of evoking the beauty of the glass creations Maybe if I already knew a lot about Tiffany and his art I would have enjoyed the book I didn t feel like I learned much reading it It was like looking through a cracked piece of glass that gives you only a partial view of what you re trying to see. While I did learn a bit about Tiffany Studios and Clara Driscoll, this book was far too much like an overwrought and overwritten soap opera for my taste Clara Driscoll s life, story, and accomplishments could have been much interesting in a different author s hands, but this Clara weeps, wails, and waits for acceptance and recognition from Louis Comfort Tiffany, and for love from LCT but doesn t seem to know what to do when she receives what she has been seeking All in all, this Clara is not a very likable character and I think the real Clara Driscoll probably deserves better. Clara Driscoll worked for Louis Comfort Tiffany, of Tiffany glass and lampshades during the late 1800 s early 1900 s She always felt that her artistry was not of the same caliber as Mr Tiffany and some of the other women in his employ She was hired back after her husband s death to be a manager, not an artist, after all But she wanted her boss to see her as indispensible and got an idea for a lamp of yellow butterflies and primroses, which turned out beautifully and basically launched the prestigious lamp line for the company most likely After reading the intricate descriptions of how it was formulated from concept to design to completion, I had to see this lamp for myself Not even sure it existed, I pulled up images on Google Chrome, and from among hundreds of pictures, I spotted it instantly And wow That was what it took for me to really connect to Clara and to this book, finally, as it is a slow ride from beginning to end See the lamp here.If you re patient, you will see that this book is about beauty the magnificent beauty found every day in nature and within our compatriots in life Mr Tiffany thought it imperative to create beautiful things so others could live richer lives Clara s life as a single, progressive, working woman was unusual in Victorian Manhattan and a real treat to read about A major topic is women s struggles in the workplace in an age when men joined unions but women did not have that option when women actually had to stop their careers once they chose to marry.I first came to know of Susan Vreeland reading Girl in Hyacinth Blue, another art related book that I loved Clara s story was interesting and lovely to be sure, but too much detail in parts 3.5 stars. Sometimes I really like Susan Vreeland, sometimes she just doesn t do it for me I think she is at her best when she manages to get inside her characters heads to show what art means to them or what inspires people to create I just wasn t getting that from this book.I loved the idea of the story, showing how women made the beautiful Tiffany glass creations while Mr Tiffany got all the credit But the book is full of clunky dialogue explaining the process of working with glass and summing up people s backgrounds The beginning feels rushed and forced I m sure Vreeland did a lot of research and wanted to get all her information in there, but it just wasn t realistic to me.Maybe I just didn t like Clara I know I didn t like how much time was spent on her bohemian neighbors instead of on the artwork To be fair, I only read a little bit, so maybe it gets better, but it just didn t draw me in I m really glad I didn t buy it and I wouldn t recommend it. If the mountain was smooth, you couldn t climb it Eloquently and decorously written, with nuances of stained glass arts, naturel world inspiration, unrequited love, gilded age feminism, unconventional lifestyles, and true binding friendships, Clara and Mr Tiffanyis a most excellent book club selectionWe say that we re working on something, but the work is working on us too Breaking up glass into small shapes, harmonizing colors, choosing textures, and setting them right to make something beautiful was healing It was than the pleasure of assembly that made it so It was letting the colors sing, being open to their song It was stray thoughts that come when quietly occupied Doing something I loved with colors and light tended to make those thoughts positive At turns the story is lavishly poetic, like the very works of art Tiffany and Company created In other ways the novel is informative and enlightening in regards to gilded age culture, society, inventions, pastimes, lifestyles, and of course, art as an industry and art for the sake of art And too, the story at times takes on a sentimental air, ruminating about love, dramatically so, ever pinning At times, too ruminating for me But only a wee bitI didn t want to fall prey to a man just because I wanted to have that weightless gladness of being in love Overall, a rich and satisfying literary work of historical fiction We ll have much to discuss at book club this week FOUR Eloquent and Decorous, Artistically Rich and Gilded Age Nuanced, Historical Literary Fiction STARS Wow My mother read this a few years ago, and I knew it didn t thrill her, but wow That was some bad, bad writing Seriously bad I can t even I don t think Ms Vreeland had an editor, or this never would have been published The characters were oft times indistinguishable, relationships were spoken of as though they were significant, but they were totally flat and unbelievable, and there was really no driving narrative The gilded age New York City setting should have been interesting, but Vreeland is clearly just getting off on referencing things that are still culturally significant today OMG the subway The Flatiron building The give me your poor poem A woman named Emma Lazarus wrote that poem as a donation to an auction to help fund the pedestal of Statue of Liberty It s not well known, but I believe someday it will be Wow Just wow How cheesy can you get The main problem is the character of Clara, who is incredibly obnoxious Her fixation on Tiffany was downright creepy I believe she called their creative collaboration a sublime love that two lovers would ever share, or some equally ridiculous nonsense Who talks like that More importantly, I know it s interesting to think about how she must have felt, not getting the credit for her design work, but OMG stop having her harp on it all the time I particularly enjoyed or not the line where one of her many menfolk assures her that someday, she will be recognized, even if it does have to happen years after her death Yes Vreeland, we know that she was rescued from obscurity by some scholars who happened across a box of her letters Thanks for the clunkiest, most amateurish foreshadowing ever No really, you suck I was particularly disappointed because the Tiffany girls made for a fascinating museum exhibit at the NY Historical Society a few years back Vreeland had excellent source material, but I can t help but feel that she s a total hack as a writer Maybe this book could have been saved by pictures of the pieces described As is, there s only so many times you can read about streaky and crackly and iridescent glass without being totally bored to death Skip this at all costs. The woman behind the glass that is what Clara Driscoll could be referred to Though there is no certainty that Clara was the innovator for the Tiffany lampshades, that is the assumption made for the purpose of this book.Here s a heads up, beauty is NOT is not found anywhere on the inside in this book With the subtle acts and comments of ignorance, I have to ask, is Clara blinded by beauty She is portrayed as choosing art over love and even comments that death could be beautiful, in the right setting Sounds like icicles for heartstrings.At least the imagery with the colors is beautiful And I have to admit that the characters passion for art is infectious I can almost understand why Clara revered Tiffany as a Da Vinci But saying, Beauty is everything isn t it could be considered fall flat on your face over the top.No other issues not feminism, romance, or poverty were focused on with importance than the glass Who knew I would be getting such a lesson From the cutting to individual piecing on plaster in order to create the leaded glass lampshades My eyes were ready to glaze over before the glass was Oh No The lesson is sticking Besides the corny lines, the rushed moments of romance, and the oversimplified explanations of metaphors I am not three years old , the obsession of art, the unexplained necessity of unmarried women Wait there was a reason I liked some of this book.Oh yes, the beautiful imagery was pleasant Even if I never own a Tiffany lamp that would cost than my car, I can now appreciate the work that went into one I just wish I could have appreciated the story of it all a bit EZ Read Staffer Ameliawatch the video review and meet the reader I was able to meet and listen to this author as I was just getting into this book The author is very interesting and friendly She didn t start writing until she retired from teaching for 30 years.This is the story about Clara Driscoll who was just recently discovered about 2005 to have designed the most artistic and detailed of the famed Tiffany lamps Mr Tiffany took the credit for the designs from his studio with the exception of one entered in a Paris exhibition for which he named Clara as the designer.The novel is set in the late 1800 s to the early 1900 s Women were just finally getting to work outside the home and to work in the arts Comfort Tiffany was extremely eccentric and loved beautiful things He hired Sara and a department of women as his vision of exquisite windows was expanding It is thought that Clara designed the most intricate butterfly, wisteria, etc lamps of which there is a very limited edition In the end Clara must decide what makes her happiest, the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.I enjoyed getting to know the varied characters in the boardinghouse where Clara lives Highlights of the changing of the new Century included the first skyscrapers notably the Flatiron building which was the first of its kind, electricity into everyday lighting, the subways and many iconic features are mentioned and described in the book.I enjoyed this book a lot It was well written with wonderful characters not easily forgotten Recommended for lovers of historical fiction and Tiffany lamps ^BOOK ↝ Clara and Mr. Tiffany ✘ Against The Unforgettable Backdrop Of New York Near The Turn Of The Twentieth Century, From The Gilded Age World Of Formal Balls And Opera To The Immigrant Poverty Of The Lower East Side, Bestselling Author Susan Vreeland Again Breathes Life Into A Work Of Art In This Extraordinary Novel, Which Brings A Woman Once Lost In The Shadows Into Vivid ColorIt S , And At The Chicago World S Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany Makes His Debut With A Luminous Exhibition Of Innovative Stained Glass Windows, Which He Hopes Will Honor His Family Business And Earn Him A Place On The International Artistic Stage But Behind The Scenes In His New York Studio Is The Freethinking Clara Driscoll, Head Of His Women S Division Publicly Unrecognized By Tiffany, Clara Conceives Of And Designs Nearly All Of The Iconic Leaded Glass Lamps For Which He Is Long RememberedClara Struggles With Her Desire For Artistic Recognition And The Seemingly Insurmountable Challenges That She Faces As A Professional Woman, Which Ultimately Force Her To Protest Against The Company She Has Worked So Hard To Cultivate She Also Yearns For Love And Companionship, And Is Devoted In Different Ways To Five Men, Including Tiffany, Who Enforces To A Strict Policy He Does Not Hire Married Women, And Any Who Do Marry While Under His Employ Must Resign Immediately Eventually, Like Many Women, Clara Must Decide What Makes Her Happiest The Professional World Of Her Hands Or The Personal World Of Her Heart