Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

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By (author) Graham Robb

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  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Format: Paperback | 476 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 203mm x 25mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 20 October 2011
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0393339734
  • ISBN 13: 9780393339734
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 165,288

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This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the great, the near-great, and the forgotten. A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. A well-dressed woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map there were no reliable ones at the time Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine. Baudelaire, the photographer Marville, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Boheme, Proust, Adolf Hitler touring the occupied capital in the company of his generals, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt in Notre Dame) these and many more are Robb s cast of characters, and the settings range from the quarries and catacombs beneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the city today. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel."

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Robb, in employing the techniques of the novelist, animates his characters mainly for 'the pleasure of thinking about Paris.' That pleasure is also the reader's. --Brenda Wineapple"