The Price of Illusion by Joan Juliet Buck

By Joan Juliet Buck

From Joan Juliet greenback, former editor-in-chief of Vogue Paris comes her astonishing, compulsively readable memoir: a wonderful account of 4 many years spent within the artistic center of London, long island, la, and Paris, chronicling her quest to find the variation among glitter and gold, phantasm and fact, and what feels like happiness from the object itself.
Born right into a global of make-believe because the daughter of a larger-than-life movie manufacturer, Joan Juliet Buck's early life used to be a whirlwind of recognized faces, ever-changing domestic addresses, and a fascination with the glossy surfaces of items. whilst Joan turned the 1st and in simple terms American ever to fill Vogue Paris's coveted place of Editor in leader, a "figurehead within the cult of favor and beauty," she had the potential to recreate for her getting older father, now a widower, the existence he'd loved in the course of his high-flying years, a well suited phantasm of glamorous extra that may now not be sustained indefinitely.


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Esta rolled her eyes when my father spoke, and when he drove us along the Grande Corniche in the convertible, she whimpered from the backseat and shrieked at each glimpse of the precipice below. Morey sent Jules on trips around the Continent to chase schemes that never fully worked out, though they produced enough money to pay the rents on the big houses, to pay the staff, to buy the cars. So did the gambling at Longchamp, the Paris racetrack, and at the Cannes casinos. They went to the casino every night to play with money, first to the winter casino by Golfe-Juan, later to the summer casino down by the port.

I was homesick for Paris. My father’s real project was to film his friend John Brophy’s book The Day They Robbed the Bank of England. While trying to cast the Irish anarchist who tunnels under the bank to steal its gold, my parents had been enthralled by Peter O’Toole in The Long and the Short and the Tall at the Royal Court, and had gone backstage to meet him. It turned out that Peter and his girlfriend, Siân Phillips, lived around the corner from us in the National Coal Board mews, so they came back to Groom Place, stayed up all night drinking, and by morning they’d formed their own movie company, Keep Films, named after the impregnable towers of medieval castles.

It took my breath away. That necklace was everything I wanted the things around me to be. Subtle and mysterious, precious but not gaudy, full of a charge I couldn’t name. I went to look at it even when Ricki wasn’t there. That Christmas I saw my parents back with their own kind, in their own history. , or aged colonels who were necessary to secure the right to shoot at Horse Guards Parade, and even more whisky for Peter Autoul, the actor with the sideways nose. I’d seen my father as the man in charge.

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