Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Coco and Igor

Have you ever seen a movie that made you want to read the book? Like most women I love learning about Coco Chanel, but I had never known much about her life.
Coco and Igor is based on the book written by Chris Greenhalgh about the later years of Chanel's life. She is painted as a not-so-nice lady, and the movie has some graphic R rated scenes, but I found the sets and costumes amazing. The relationship between music and fashion, the Ballets Russes and French society in the 1910's - 1920's was so interesting. I had known that the Russians took the French by storm, but not that Chanel had such an integral role.

So now I have another book on my TBR list. Has anyone read it?

And by the way, the photo has very little to do with the book, but I thought you might like this image from a French teenager site. It's Mads Mikkelsen, the Danish star of the movie. Apologies to our male readers, you brave vanguards of testosterone in the female-dominated book blogging world.


  1. Have not even heard of this movie. Glad you liked it! I went to see Letters From Juliet last night with friends.

  2. I haven't heard of the movie either (or the book). But you were right, I like the image ;)

  3. Julie, I have heard of that and must see. Kathy, we have good taste!

  4. I will add this book to my list. I will have time this summer to read and enjoy as many books as possible while my children are away visiting their Aussie cousins.

  5. Oh, you make the most of it, Sister, because I will send my kids to you one day and I will go to wineries and take baths and read books. I am thinking they need a semester of Foreign exchange! xox

  6. I don't really know to many particulars about Coco either-- bet she was very interesting. You said the movie focused on her later years-- Is Igor a love interest? If so, Coco must have been an early cougar!

    btw, Young Frankenstein completely ruined the name Igor for me-- If I ever meet an Igor, I will completely and utterly make a fool of myself! But Mads Mikkelson-- now that is a one heck of a cool name!

  7. If the movie was anything to go by, she was definitely a cougar type, no matter what the ages of her lovers. She and Igor had an affair, despite his wife and cute kids living in the house.

    I think Mads is a cool name, too. Apparently he is consistently voted Denmark's sexiest man.

  8. Hi,
    Thanks for the comment on Child's Garden of Verses. I didn't know you had a book blog. I am so happy to find it. Also would love it if you linked back to Brookhollow Lane. I have so mamy memories of Golden books too- and so do my kids. I dan't have mine, but did save the kids for them. Thanks for the memories.

  9. This entry makes me want to read the book AND see the movie!

    Thanks for that picture. It made my day. Hubba hubba!!


    -Connie @


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