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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (19 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719560632
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719560637
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 812,828 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Delightful...extremely interesting and informative history' (Irish Sunday Independent, Eddie Naughton)

'A fascinating history' (Mail on Sunday)

'Dallas has the voice of a true storyteller . . . He paints pictures . . . with adeptness, slipping in facts and quotes alongsie dramatic descriptions' (Sunday Times)

'Dallas breathes new life into familiar subjects . . . Metrostop Paris is as satisfying as a first-rate novel' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Part of the beauty of this original little book is that it's very easy to follow ... Dallas has unearthed some cracking stories, and writes about them well ... highly recommended' (Sunday Telegraph)

'Dallas's tour is a . . . tour de force, full of fascinating titbits, bubbling over with enthusiasm. It's a book for those who love Paris - and for those who don't yet realise that they do' (Scotsman)

'Easy-to-read paperback ... whether you're a history fan or simply want ot learn about the hidden side of one of the world's most iconic cities, this is the book for you' (France Magazine)

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A wonderful story of discovery around the delightful, intricate Paris metro

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Adam D. Bisset on 8 Sept. 2008
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The 'metro' theme in this book is actually just something of a conceit. Instead of giving a potted history of the origins of each metro station's name (which is what I wanted), Dallas chooses 12 stations as settings for a series of vignettes, some of which veer away from discussion of the city itself.

I thought that the writing tended a little too much toward biography. The chapter on Montparnasse, for example, develops into a discussion of the life and work of sculptor Antoine Bourdelle. The chapter on Trocadero is essentially a biography of Anais Nin; likewise the chapter on Opera focuses on the public and private life of Clause Debussy.

Evidently the author wanted to avoid writing 'just another book' about the architecture and urban development of Paris. What he does extremely well, however, is to weave the biography and urban history together in a way that successfully animates the city.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Cullinan on 9 Mar. 2008
Format: Hardcover
This book has revealed a completely different Paris to me. And I know Paris quite well. With great authority, Gregor Dallas shows us a Paris of medieval murkiness, revolutionary tales, scandalous liasons of the early thirties, and much more. He makes the streets talk. I can't wait until my next visit!
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By R. Jones on 15 Jun. 2014
Format: Paperback
I live in Paris, and received this as a present.

From the first page it annoyed me, with the writer's assertion that nobody in Paris works on Mondays - I'm not sure what version of Paris the writer is living in, as Monday is a totally normal working day in the Paris I know.

The 'follow me now, gentle reader, and mind your step as you descend this cobbled street' tone really grated and I found it extremely patronising.

I was really interested in the bits that actually did depict Paris at different points in its history, but as another reviewer said it was written so wordily and heavily that it was difficult to digest and not very readable. And it seemed a very laborious and pointless task to link it all to the metro stops in question.

I gave up before the end. I'd prefer to read a more conventional potted history of Paris.
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By Jools Verne on 1 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A strange book, not quite what I expected but interesting if you read a chapter at a time. A mix of history and politics behind a dozen key points of Paris, by the means of a focus on the metro station now at that place. I could have done with more up to date history of the area around the metro station, but the historical details became more gripping. The writing style is a little dry but it still makes for some fascinating nuggets of information with which I am armed for my next foray to the French capital.Metrostop Paris: History from the City's Heart
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gaius Baltar on 18 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I was very motivated to read this book. It is obviously packed full of facts either about Paris or entertainingly adjacent to that topic. However it is written in a very arch style. The needless complexity of the language put me off completely. I passed it to my wife to try and she gave up after a few pages for the same reason. I suggest you take a look at the text and try it before you purchase.
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