Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris

Graham Robb


The New York Times bestseller: the secrets and techniques of town of sunshine, published within the lives of the good, the near-great, and the forgotten—by the writer of the acclaimed The Discovery of France.

this can be the Paris you by no means knew. From the Revolution to the current, Graham Robb has distilled a chain of awesome precise narratives, all stranger than fiction, of the lives of the nice, the near-great, and the forgotten.

a tender artillery lieutenant, walking in the course of the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their alternate. a selected girl catches his eye; nature takes its path. Later that evening Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual stumble upon. A well-dressed lady, fleeing the Louvre, takes a unsuitable flip and loses her means within the anonymous streets of the Left financial institution. For wish of a map—there have been no trustworthy ones on the time—Marie-Antoinette will visit the guillotine.

Baudelaire, the photographer Marville, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of los angeles Boheme, Proust, Adolf Hitler traveling the occupied capital within the corporation of his generals, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of getting faked an assassination test in Notre Dame)—these and plenty of extra are Robb’s solid of characters, and the settings diversity from the quarries and catacombs underneath the streets to the grand monuments to the appalling suburbs ringing the town at the present time. the result's a resonant, intimate background with the facility of an excellent novel. sixteen pages of full-color illustrations

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