The House of Dreams
An international bestseller, Kate Lord Brown's debut novel The Perfume Garden has sold especially well in Canada, where it was selected as Read of the Month for June 2015 and made it to the Globe & Mail bestseller list. The House of Dreams combines Brown's lovely, lyrical writing and signature interwoven past/present narrative style with an even more commercial time pe...more
The House of Dreams moves between two time periods, the 1940's Nazi occupied France and the year 2000 in Long Island. The 1940's France story is centered on The American Relief Center run by Varian Fry, also known in present day as "America's Schindler." It is their mission to help well known artists and intellectuals escape to the United States. The center is set up in a bea ...more
The historical side to this story is set in 1941 Marseilles, France and details some of the courageous rescue efforts by Varian Fry and the ARC of artists, intellectuals, etc. His "set" is included as a good cast of the characters here. They were colorful, and I had fun googling some of the real photos described of them in here. I had never heard of Varian or of the good things he accomplished. I enjoyed the mystery side of the story of artist Gabriel Lambert and his past and also the e ...more
This book takes place in Nazi occupied France in 1940 and New York in 2000. In 1940 France, Gabriel Lambert is an artist trying to escape the secrets of his past. Varian Fry is an American journalist running an organization that helps artists who have spoken out about their opposition to the Nazis to get out of France. In 2000 New York, Sophie Cass is a young journalist who wants to get the truth from 95 year old Ga ...more
Too much fluff and romance, like useless frosting on the substance of a fact-based story set in Vichy France. Choppy scenes and short chapters; innumerable point of view shifts for no discernible reason. The scenes in the present (21st century) are almost totally unnecessary except to add another 'romance' to the brew. The tacky romance v ...more
The House of Dreams is a must read. Kate Lord Brown tells the fascinating, little known story of Varian Fry and his team at the American Relief Center (ARC) in Marseille, France during World War 2. This remarkable group heroically managed to assist countless artists, writers and other intellectuals escape Nazi Germany during the war. Brown creates a fictional reclusive artist, Gabriel Lambert, who in 2000 is nearing the end of his life and Sophie Cass who is a writer for the New York Ti ...more
Full review at:
I loved how The House of Dreams went back and forth from present day (2000) to pre-WWII/WWII. I loved the characters...Gabriel pulled at my heart.
I am a ...more
Surprising ending that will leave you laughing and make the whole book as surreal as the awesome bunch of artists in this unique novel. So much of this book seems like fiction but it's based on true events and that makes it even more awesome.
It isn't one I just couldn't put down but it was very nicely written that I am glad I took my time to read this book .
I do recommend this book.
The story is about Varian Fry and all he did for the effort of setting people out of a France during WW2. You get to meet a band of his colleagues and clients as well. Not all of them but a few. The trials they must go through in order to obtain visas, passports, identification papers. Whether Jew or not. It is amazing to me how quickly a day can change in this ...more
This novel always kept me on my toes and I always wanted to know what happened next. The story was way different than I thought it was going to be. It took so many twist and turns but in a goo ...more