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Μικρά μυστικά κομψότητας

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Η ομορφιά δεν αποτελεί εγγύηση της ευτυχίας... Προέχει η ποιότητα.
Να είστε αυστηρές με τον εαυτό σας. Αποταμιεύστε. Κάντε οικονομία στο φαγητό αν χρειαστεί (πιστέψτε με, καλό θα σας κάνει!)...


Η Όντρεϊ Χέπμπορν ήξερε τα μυστικά. Η Γκρέις Κέλι επίσης. Η Λουίζ Κάνοβα όμως... όχι
Η Λουίζ Κάνοβα βρίσκεται σε μια κρίσιμη καμπή της ζωής της. Μα όταν ανακα
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Paperback, 437 pages
Published 2003 by Α. Α. Λιβάνη
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Jessica
I had read about 10 years ago and really enjoyed. My copy was lost in a series of moves and the book was relegated into the recesses of my mind. I found a lovely used copy and did a reread. I found this older version of me didn't enjoy it as much as the younger version did. It was still a pleasant read but it didn't give me the same *feels* I got as a young twenty something. Perhaps with age, we discover a different set of priorities?

Robert Beveridge
Kathleen Tessaro, Elegance (Morrow, 2003)

There is a particular passage in the book-within-a-book Elegance that defines, in a far more eloquent way, something I've been trying to pinpoint about the major problem with the fashion industry, and a major problem with western culture in general.

“However, if women continue to seek comfort above all twenty-four hours a day, twelve months a year, they may eventually find that they have allowed themselves to become slaves to the crepe-rubber sole, nylon f
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Kwoomac
I have a confession to make. I have always wanted to be elegant, like Audrey Hepburn or Grace Kelly. I know you'll find this hard to believe because I shlep around in jeans, baggy tees, and Dansko clogs. Not really the look of someone aspiring to elegance. This book runs through 26 tips on acquiring an elegant look, none are new or surprising. I guess the bottom line for me is my need for comfort outweighs my secret desire.

The premise for the book is an interesting one. The author, Kathleen Tass
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Antof9
My review from BookCrossing: Read it on the plane on the way to Seattle for a work trip. If it *is* chick lit, it's some of the cleanest I've ever read. . .

A moderately interesting book, we walk through a self-made makeover as the main character (I've forgotten her name and the book is at the hotel) goes through a transformation after finding an old copy of a book on elegance from the 40s (?). It's actually very interesting, describing buying classic pieces for your wardrobe, etc., and I learned
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Maia B.
Jul 03, 2011 Maia B. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
How do I hate this book? Let me count the ways:

-Whiny, self-absorbed, infuriatingly stupid main character, Louise, who confuses sex with "elegance" and can't help herself out of any bad situation; she has to get other people to do it. Couldn't sympathize. Plus she made her therapist feel really bad for no reason except that she (Louise) is screwed up and integrally mean.
-Humor that didn't make me laugh. Ever. The excerpts from Madame Dariaux's book, Elegance, were the best parts of the novel. Wh
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Colleen
May 04, 2009 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book would be just another Bridget Jones knock-off. And in many ways it was. (I swear some of the scenes were practically lifted from that book.) But at times there was surprising depth to Elegance. Let's start with the irritations. How many American-girls-living-in-London books are going to be published? They are always living in flats they can't possibly afford. They always have gay friends. They are always buying clothes they can't possibly afford. They always drink too much. T ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
I read the abridged audio version of this book. This story is about a thirty-ish woman stuck in a dead end job who is married to a man who has no sex drive and is more interested in decorating their living room (and if you can't see the reason coming a mile away well then you simply haven't read enough Chick Lit books yet).

When she finds an ancient tome entitled Elegance in an old book store it gives her the incentive to dress better and is the beginning of some major changes in her current sta
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Bev
Mar 05, 2011 Bev rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I picked up Elegance by Kathleen Tessaro from the library primarily to help me fulfill one of the Take a Chance 3 Challenge requirements. This is a book about Louise Canova--thirty-something, unhappy with her looks, her life and her marriage. She comes across a book called Elegance in a secondhand bookshop that she thinks will be the answer to her prayers. This slim volume was written by the French fashion expert Madame Dariaux in the 1960s and Louise starts taking the A-Z guide to heart--changi ...more
Jessica Hiscocks
I'm not a fan of chick lit. This book was a classic case of judging the book by its cover (I have the hardback version with beautiful black pages) and to start with, I was convinced I'd picked a winner. In fact, for the first two thirds I was hooked. I liked Louise, I liked the fact she wasn't perfect. Then it all went downhill. Louise became annoying, self-absorbed and the story seemed padded. She had a sudden problem with food which was blamed on a bulimic back story to fill out a few pages. H ...more
Dana Burda
Jan 31, 2017 Dana Burda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Romanul " Eleganța" al scriitoarei Kathleen Tessaro a apărut la editura Nemira în colecția Damen Tango în anul 2016. Traducerea a fost făcută de Andreea Florescu după romanul apărut în 2003. Este cel de al doilea roman al acestei autoare pe care îl citesc în decurs de un an. Primul a fost " Colecționara de parfumuri" pe care l-am considerat o lectură deosebită, plină de sensibilitate și o bună cunoaștere a eternului feminin. Acest de al doilea roman este la fel de bun și demonstrează aceeași pro ...more
Nadia King
Jan 08, 2017 Nadia King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I devoured this classy romance in one sitting. A thoroughly enjoyable, delightful read. I enjoyed the tips for elegance peppered throughout this feel-good story.
Katy
Aug 01, 2016 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I should start off by saying that this isn't the type of book that I would normally pick up, and perhaps that makes this rating a little unfair. I'm not one for fluffy romance novels but I craved a light read, and I'm rather fascinated by the concept of beauty and elegance.

There were a few things that just never sat well with me in terms of this novel. I liked the concept of it, but I felt that at times the author's attempts to bend the narrative to the alphabetical structure of Madame Dariaux'
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Lindsay
I found this book at the library, but all the pages were black and dirty looking and I didn't want something that icky in my house, so I went and bought a copy because I thought that I would really like it. I did and I didn't.


Apparently there's really a book out there called Elegance that the author found and apparently loved because she wrote a novel about a plain boring woman who finds the book and lets it change her life. It's like a beauty dictionary where each chapter is a letter from A to
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Chelsey
Sep 18, 2012 Chelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was rather good. The main character, Louise, was believable and garners empathy from her audience, in that she had a dramatic past filled with eating disorders, troubled parents, unsuccessful romantic relationships, and career that never took off. She's very real.
Her marriage is boring and passionless, she doesn't really have any nice girlfriends, and she's lost sight of who she really is and what she wants out of life.
In short, her life hasn't turned out the way she thought it would
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Mary Ronan Drew
Louise Canova, the American protagonist of Kathleen Tessaro's novel, Elegance, is unhappy. Everything in her life seems to be off kilter, including her deeply dissatisfying marriage. When she and her English husband split up she decides to strive for elegance, using a book she found in a second-hand bookstore.

Most chapters are headed with a quote from the book, which is real, by the way, and was written by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux in the 1960s. As Louise follows the advice in the book she finds
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Ape
Mar 15, 2011 Ape rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: england
Short and sweet, 2006 bookcrossing journal:

Light reading for the summer. For that genre it is pretty good, although it is definately a city girl's story. There was one section where our heroine goes away with friends to the country one weekend. And some of the things she writes about the English countryside just made me think, 'dear, god, woman..' Pathetic wasn't in it. But that's just me and my hang ups!

Otherwise light reading about finding yourself and getting a nice warddrobe. Very cunning to
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Kate Hewitt
I wanted to like this book more than I did. It was interesting, and I finished it, but I found the main character strange and unlikeable. The book felt disjointed; she was meant to develop and change through the reading of the book of the title, a 1950s handbook on how to be elegant, but instead her transformation seemed to happen off the page: all of a sudden she's thin! I wish that could happen to me. She wears a dress from her closet that she's never worn and suddenly she's beautiful and men ...more
Tamara Morgan
Feb 09, 2010 Tamara Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is another book in which I liked the premise a little bit more than the actual story. A woman discovers a 60s book teaching the importance of elegance (ala Audrey Hepburn) in a used book store and makes it her bible. Her life changes as her self-image changes.

Except for the fact that the "elegance" book is real (and I really want a copy), it's a pretty standard chick lit book. Too many resolutions and life changes were reached after a few page of set up, but it was otherwise light, fun, an
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Nouran Gamal
May 04, 2011 Nouran Gamal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
although the heroine is a total mess but the overall book was kinda fun, real.. and a bit inspiring. i read it a long time before and didn't like it .. i expected a different kinda book and was disappointed but now as i read it again.. when i'm a bit older and could relate to some parts of the plot.. i find it interesting and i like it better

note:
1st read: May 2011
2nd read: December 2013
3rd read: October 2015
Camille Maio
Rarely do I dislike a book enough to chuck it before it is done, but this one may hold a record for how quickly I grew bored with it. I had such high hopes, as I thought the the author's "The Perfume Collector" was excellent. I cannot believe they were written by the same person. Sadly, I bought up nearly all of her titles, and if "Elegance" is giving to be any indicator, it was a waste of money.
Anki
Sep 15, 2009 Anki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favorite make-over book! The story is built around Elegance, the non-fiction book by Dariaux. The main character in the book stumbles on a dusty copy of "Elegance" in a book store. Using the books advice she slowly transforms herself from a woman with an unhhappy marriage, trapped in a dull job with nothing to wear into a woman of style and substance.
Nikoleta
Feb 11, 2013 Nikoleta rated it it was ok
Shelves: drama
Ενα βιβλιο που περιγραφει με κεφι και καλη διαθεση το μεγαλυτερο προβλημα της γυναικειας φυσης. Την χρυση τομη μεταξυ της γυναικειας φιλαρεσκειας και της απολυτης παραιτησης. Μια γυναικα ψαχνει την χαμενη θυληκοτητα της με οδηγο ενα βιβλιο με συμβουλες, για να βρει στο τελος την πραγματικη της ταυτοτητα.
Sharon
Nov 23, 2014 Sharon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, 2014-reads
Love the cover - didn't like the book. When I got to the alphabetised 'F' chapter which concerned the 'elegance of wearing fur', I chucked the book down and said an expression that also started with the letter 'F' :)
Marianne
Aug 07, 2007 Marianne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
Bleah. I never could get to like Louise, the main character. In fact, I never could get past disliking her intensely.
Cleide
Oct 15, 2016 Cleide rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like a guide book and a story at the same time. It shows that guides are there not to follow strictly, but just as what they are, a guide.
Liz Moffett
Just never connected to Louise so I didn't really care what much happened to her.
Jennifer
Oct 20, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because I too strive to be elegant, and thought this might help me get there. I can’t say it did anything to help. All the advice was rather obvious or dated. I realize this was more of a self-discovery then a how-to book but it just left me wanting to yell at it all the time. The main character is so selfish and clueless it blew my mind. I have no problem with her wanting to find herself, to improve herself but then she seems annoyed that her husband doesn’t understand or ...more
Sakhile
I picked up this book at a second hand book stall mostly because it looked pretty and Marian Keyes had left a review on the back cover. It was the hardback version with the black pages. If I had read this book a few years ago I'd probably would have enjoyed it and subscribed to its ridiculous advice. I truly disliked the ending, it was the typical everything works out in the end.
Sharples
I'd actually like to read the real Elegance book she refers to in this book. There's a sideline story in this novel which was interesting to see how she navigated through it. But there was much part that didn't hold my attention.
Stephanie
Feb 08, 2017 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, 2017
I love this book about a clueless American woman living in London. Louise moved to England to be a famous actress, but ended up getting married to a man who wanted go near her. Her career is going nowhere and her days are spent going from nap to nap.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Jul 19, 2015 06:55PM  
  • A Guide to Elegance: For Every Woman Who Wants to Be Well and Properly Dressed on All Occasions
  • Forget me not
  • The Make-Up Girl
  • The Love Trainer
  • The Lipstick Chronicles: Book One: Men at Work/ By a Nose/ Landslide/ Tumbling Down
  • A Match Made on Madison
  • Pick Me Up
  • She Woke Up Married
  • The Man I Should Have Married
  • Summer in the City
  • The Comeback Kiss
  • Holly Would Dream
  • Seven Sunny Days
  • Theodora's Diary: Faith, Hope and Chocolate
  • How to Sleep with a Movie Star
  • Dinner with Anna Karenina
  • The Botox Diaries
  • Mad About the Boy
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Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Kathleen attended the University of Pittsburgh before entering the drama program of Carnegie Mellon University. In the middle of her sophomore year, she went to study in London for three months and stayed for the next twenty-three years. She began writing at the suggestion of a friend and was an early member of the Wimpole Street Writer’s Workshop. Her debut novel ...more
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“My husband claims I have an unhealthy obsession with secondhand bookshops. That I spend too much time daydreaming altogether. But either you intrinsically understand the attraction of searching for hidden treasure amongst rows of dusty shelves or you don't; it's a passion, bordering on a spiritual illness, which cannot be explained to the unaffected.

True, they're not for the faint of heart. Wild and chaotic, capricious and frustrating, there are certain physical laws that govern secondhand bookstores and like gravity, they're pretty much nonnegotiable. Paperback editions of D. H. Lawrence must constitute no less than 55 percent of all stock in any shop. Natural law also dictates that the remaining 45 percent consist of at least two shelves worth of literary criticism on Paradise Lost and there should always be an entire room in the basement devoted to military history which, by sheer coincidence, will be haunted by a man in his seventies. (Personal studies prove it's the same man. No matter how quickly you move from one bookshop to the next, he's always there. He's forgotten something about the war that no book can contain, but like a figure in Greek mythology, is doomed to spend his days wandering from basement room to basement room, searching through memoirs of the best/worst days of his life.)

Modern booksellers can't really compare with these eccentric charms. They keep regular hours, have central heating, and are staffed by freshly scrubbed young people in black T-shirts. They're devoid of both basement rooms and fallen Greek heroes in smelly tweeds. You'll find no dogs or cats curled up next to ancient space heathers like familiars nor the intoxicating smell of mold and mildew that could emanate equally from the unevenly stacked volumes or from the owner himself. People visit Waterstone's and leave. But secondhand bookshops have pilgrims. The words out of print are a call to arms for those who seek a Holy Grail made of paper and ink.”
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“My husband claims I have an unhealthy obsession with secondhand bookshops. That I spend too much time daydreaming altogether. But either you intrinsically understand the attraction of searching for hidden treasure amongst rows of dusty shelves or you don't; it's a passion, bordering on a spiritual illness, which cannot be explained to the unaffected.” 8 likes
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