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Paris (Marion Boyars Modern Classics) [French] [Paperback]

Julian Green
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21 July 2005 Marion Boyars Modern Classics
In this book, Julian Green, an American born in Paris at the turn of the last century, accompanies the reader on an imaginative stroll around the French capital, revealing its secret stairways, courtyards and alleys. From haunted visions of Notre-Dame to memories of the old Trocadero, Green describes these strange and often little known locations in loving detail.

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers Ltd; Reprinted Ed edition (21 July 2005)
  • Language: English, French
  • ISBN-10: 0714534048
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714534046
  • Product Dimensions: 20.1 x 13 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 344,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Exquisitely literary in a traditional French manner. --New York Review of Books

'Truthful, unpretentious and haunting' --Times Literary Supplement

A series of love notes; subtle and charming. --Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Julian Green was born in Paris in 1900 of American parents. He published over 70 books in France and was a member both of the Académie Française and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He died in 1998.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lost Paris? 20 Feb 2010
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Many of the short essays in this book were written in the middle 1940's, fairly soon after the end of the Occupation. All were originally in French and are presented with an English translation. Green was born at the turn of the Century in France of American parents and was bilingual, but almost all his writing was in French. At the time when these were written he was about half way through his very long life and had been exiled from his beloved city during the war years.
This is not a tourist guide. The Eiffel Tower is wished at the bottom of the ocean on the first page! It is an eclectic selection of places, buildings, and walks in Paris that the author wants the reader to appreciate. Anyone fluent in French will, I suppose, find the English text superfluous, perhaps even an irritation. Those such as myself who can only cope with a little French may find the side by side presentation of languages interesting and quite evocative.
Of course the blatant romanticism and nostalgia is forgivable, even appealing, and it is made less cloying by the preciseness of observation and the objectivity of the style.
Any reader who is familiar with some of the locations, or like myself has intermittently visited Paris for many years, will derive much pleasure from this short book. Anyone who is eagerly looking forward to his or her first trip to France should perhaps seek information elsewhere. And to get the most out of this short book it does help to have a decent map to hand even if you know Paris well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, and Bilingual 24 May 2011
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This is a lovely, dreamy book. Contrary to the heading it is bilingual, with French on each left hand page and English on the right hand page. A perfect way for someone with limited French to get full enjoyment from Green's beautiful prose.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How to Enrich Your Experience of Paris 1 Sep 2008
By James OReilly - Published on Amazon.com
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This lovely little book will enrich your experience of Paris, whether it's your first or fiftieth visit.
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