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The Electric Hotel
The Electric Hotel | Dominic Smith
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Dominic Smith's The Electric Hotel winds through the nascent days of cinema in Paris and Fort Lee, New Jersey - America's first movie town - and on the battlefields of Belgium during World War I. A sweeping work of historical fiction, it shimmers between past and present as it tells the story of the rise and fall of a prodigious film studio and one man's doomed obsession with all that passes in front of the viewfinder. For nearly half a century, Claude Ballard has been living at the Hollywood Knickerbocker Hotel. A French pioneer of silent films, who started out as a concession agent for the Lumire brothers, the inventors of cinema, Claude now spends his days foraging mushrooms in the hills of Los Angeles and taking photographs of runaways and the striplings along Sunset Boulevard. But when a film-history student comes to interview Claude about The Electric Hotel - the lost masterpiece that bankrupted him and ended the career of his muse, Sabine Montrose - the past comes surging back. In his run-down hotel suite, the ravages of the past are waiting to be excavated: celluloid fragments and reels in desperate need of restoration, and Claude's memories of the woman who inspired and beguiled him.
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TheCuriousHousecat
The Electric Hotel | Dominic Smith
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I enjoyed this book but I can‘t get enthusiastic about it nevertheless. Just a good yarn I guess. ⭐️⭐️⭐️ and a bit.

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booksbrewsandbooze
The Electric Hotel | Dominic Smith
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I daresay Dominic Smith is one of those writers of whom I want to read everything by. His use of language and turns of phrase are so beautiful. #booksbrewsandbooze #theelectrichotel #dominicsmith

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Well-ReadNeck
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The Electric Hotel takes place in the 1950's but with the primary action taking place in the 1920's in memory. The plot was a bit slow starting, but once it took off, I was completely captured by the story. Meticulously researched and presented. The tidbits related to the silent film industry were charming and interesting. The writing feels like it could use a stronger copyediting hand, but overall a pick. #netgalley

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Well-ReadNeck
Electric Hotel | Dominic Smith
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#TBRTuesday

Here‘s what I‘ll be juggling this week!!

Theaelizabet Want to read the Dreyer and very interested in the Smith. I‘ve really enjoyed a couple of his novels. 9mo
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