I’m not sure what prompted me to buy this book on Amazon a couple months ago. I think I just wanted to know more about Coco Chanel. She’s such an icon, and I didn’t know anything about her. This short book was the perfect introduction.
I love the way Karbo structured the book. It’s broken up into 12 chapters, each explaining Chanel’s philosophy on a single subject—On Style, On Femininity, On Love, etc.—spanning her entire life. It really painted a broad yet detailed portrait of a very complicated lady.
I really love reading biographies. I love the way they can trasport you like a novel, but you learn something real and factual at the same time. While reading this book, Chanel more than once reminded me of my maternal grandmother. She was petit, principled, and fierce—also a big Chanel fan I learned later. I love making those kinds of connections.
Have you read this book? What did you think? Any biographies you recommend?