La Belle Epoque, by Philippe Jullian

670563I read this book last year in February, when everything was about my last final, which I had in March (“the final final”). I had to make a little paper, and the subject I chose happened during this period, so a historical background was needed. This was a very entertaining reading, great to put oneself in space and time and have a glimpse of this very particular time (one of my favorites, by the way). The author makes it look like the 19th century was the worst, and 1900-1914 was the best thing ever. Basically, (spoiler alert) everything was gaiety and parties (at least for those who could afford it) until World War I.