[Review] Parisians, An Adventure History of Paris by Graham Robb
Author: Graham Robb
Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company reprint 2011
Theme: Short story biographies of people who experienced Paris.
Rating: 4 Stars
Twenty short story biographies of people known to us and some not known, all sharing a brief time of their experience in Paris. The biographies are from the 1700s to current time.
- One story is a young poet who lived in the Latin Quarter of Paris in the mid 1800s. He falls easily for one woman after another. He meets Lucile, a flower girl and prostitute. She's a con and in a way so is he. For a while she is his muse.
- My favorite story was of Charles Axel Guillaumot, an architect in 1774. His work was vast and important for Paris, yet few have heard of him.
I love reading books about Paris. Someday....hoping to experience Paris myself.
I felt this book gave a full image of Paris that I would not have known. Stories of famous people; some not so famous. One story was of a young man before he became, "larger than in life."
Reading this book was similar to touring the city, I toured through the eyes of people who were there and who gave me their impressions and feelings.
Personally, I would have loved to read more stories about women. From common working women, to aristocracy.
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