Review: Edith Piaf – The Little Sparrow by Tom Teller

Edith PiafThe Blurb

According to legend, Edith was born atop a policeman’s cloak on the pavement in front of a slum building in one of the poorest sections of Paris. Her mother abandoned her and her father was a soldier in the French army fighting in the trenches of World War One. She spent her younger years in a brothel in Normandy where her paternal grandmother was the resident madam.

Her early teen years were spent with her father, a circus acrobat, living in a carnival caravan and touring France. She separated from her father and began singing for coins on the streets of Paris until she was discovered by a homosexual cabaret owner who made her famous.

The Review

After watching La Vie en Rose a few years back I became fascinated with Edith Piaf. I have an obsessive love of France and loving the singer who is iconic and synonymous with the country just seems sensible.

In Tom Teller’s potted history of Piaf’s life, Teller breaks down her life to the highlights. He tells you a very basic story and doesn’t go into a lot of detail but he does whet the whistle to find out even more. Some people may think that his book Edith Piaf – The Little Sparrow is sparse on details (it is) but it gives you the desire to find out more.

Edith Piaf – The Little Sparrow by Tom Teller is available now.

3 Stars

1 Comment

  1. 12th March 2016 / 4:47 pm

    A strange and difficult life in a difficult time; bad liaisons, heartbreaks, fame and infamy (accused of collaboration with the Nazis, probably true); dissolute life from a non-upbringing, raised in a brothel, singing for money on the streets and etc. A haunting voice and quite a story. I remember my dad (veteran of the “Resistance”) singing bits and pieces of her songs, particularly Milord which stuck by me: “Allez venez milord, vous assoir a ma table, il fait si froid dehors, ici c’est comfortable…” A girl of the streets comforting a broken rich man, reminding him of how often she had watched him in his prime, envying his lifestyle and he had never seen her, she but a girl wandering the quays (q’une fille du port), not even a shadow in his life, now having picked him up off the street to warm him and feed him in her apartment… very emotional stuff. A woman who lived by the lure and power of romance more than for fame and fortune; who helped many a man to reach fame and fortune. The unforgettable Edith Piaf.

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