Publisher: W. W. Norton and Company
Genre: Nonfiction, short stories, Paris history.
Rating: 3 stars for good.
Parisians is twenty short stories of people known to history and those less known. The main character of the book is Paris, the secondary characters are the people who have lived or visited Paris. The first story begins in 1789. Each story is in chronological date progressing to our modern time. The next to the last story brings the reader to 2005. The last story is a wide lens view of the city from the seat of a bicyclist touring Paris. Historical events, geography, and architecture are referred to in this tour.
One of the strengths of Parisians is the wide variety of stories. Graham Robb gave an excellent well-rounded view of Paris through the lens of its people. From a young artillery lieutenant visiting Paris and the Palais Royal for the first time, to a famous author who's wife should have received a crown for kindness and integrity.
My favorite story was "Madame Zola." Through her life's actions, she lived a life of grace and mercy.
Over-all, most of the stories I was uninterested in. A few held my attention.
The front cover of the book is wonderful. It's a perfect cover depicting a panoramic view of the beautiful city of Paris.