It was interesting to read, especially because I've made some stained glass. But the writing suffered from the author's desire to educate; various characters gave little lectures so that the author could get some historical facts across.
I loved this book. The storyline flowed nicely, while clearly explaining a craft (Tiffany glass) of which I had no prior knowledge. I am super excited to actually go see some Tiffany windows in Topeka, KS after reading this book. I appreciate that after the conclusion of the story, the author takes time to identify the truthful facts of the book, and where the fiction was, to keep the forward progression of the story.
This book is so detailed about the processes of Tiffany glass, my eyes are "glassing over". It is so slow, who cares? If it hadn't come highly recommended by BOTH sisters, I would never have tried to finish it.
I found the descriptions of designing, glassmaking, cutting and assembling to be fascinating. The depiction of life at the time made me burn for the oppressed women. However, I found the writing style to be stilted and unrealistic, and some of Clara's flights of fancy were overblown. Don't expect great literature (or even more than mediocre writing) but the book is worth reading simply for illuminating (get it?) the creation of stunning American works of art and craftsmanship.
I had to read this book for a class at Harper and although it was long (397) pages on in story content, I didn't feel the pressure some other books have to pull out concepts. The author beautifully crafts artistic integrity, human emotion, and duality of both worlds. I did feel like I was often at wars with the main protagonist Clara. She was constantly fawning over. L.C.Tiffany's affection for recognition, and in this way she would feel gratified. She proves herself in the end
A wonderful depiction of an artistic female's work life in the Tiffany studios. The level of detail is exquisite and I found myself looking up photos of all the lamps mentioned in the book. I'm astonished that Clara's contributions to Tiffany were just unearthed in 2006, and to know now that her work is coveted today by so many.
I did not enjoy the informal tone of the book—after all, it starts in 1892 and people did not address their employers informally. I cannot imagine Miss Driscoll saying this to Tiffany when he showed her his new plans: “Gracious! You’ve been on fire. Go slower!” And this sounded so puerile: “A new young floor manager tried to stop me at the marble stairway. I gave him a look that implied, ‘I was here before you were born,’ […].” Oh, dear… Then there is the utterly unnecessary demeaning of Tiffany as “little Napoléon”; I have seen pictures of him and, unless he was surrounded by dwarves, he did not look short. The author mentions Tiffany’s painting on the walls (Market Day and Citadel Mosque of Old Cairo) en passant, but if you ever seen them, you will know how beautifully detailed they are, how harmonious the colors. Do not recommend this book.
Great book. I especially enjoyed the smaller details of life in that time period - obviously a lot of good research went into this book. The story was woven smoothly through all the history, as well.
Wow ! Another great book , Susan ! Your character development is wonderful , regardless of the time period. Lengthy , detailed - I really enjoyed it !
Very entertaining. I've enjoyed learning more about the art of stained glass and about women at the turn of the century. Lots of detail is given, clearly lots of research has been done,and I like that. Another good book by Susan Vreeland.
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