Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

Editorial reviews

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932

It mostly reads as a good story and an ingenious excursion into the Parisian demimonde. Prose here concocts a bright confection — a light, but genuine pleasure.

With a deft and frequently scathing touch, Prose sends up nearly every literary type imaginable and then some.

Walk through the door of “The Chameleon Club” and you’ll be entranced by the way Prose plumbs the enigma of evil, the puzzle of history and the mystery of valor. C’est magnifique!

This is not a bad book. But the ghosts of the better books it could have been flit frustratingly around the edges.

With sure, intelligent narrative and elegant detail, Prose has crafted a story that honors its characters and a pivotal time in history even as it questions the chameleonlike thing we call the truth.

In slightly tighter form, this rich, ingenious story could have been better.