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5.0 out of 5 stars FODOR'S Meets Sex and the City!
John Baxter's latest book is a memoir, city guide, historical/literary romp and affectionate look at Paris through the eyes, ears and taste-buds of an expatriate!
What a delightful read presented in a small, guide-book size format easily held in one hand at an outdoor Parisian cafe. The book begins with Baxter's move to Paris at age 50 from a comfortable professional...
Published on 15 Feb 2005

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3.0 out of 5 stars Even the title is borrowed
Noted writer on film (and writer of film, if you count the unfortunate mess "Time Guardian) John Baxter recasts himself as some sort of Paris-based equivalent of Iain Sinclair. He mixes dollops of his recent autobiography with a lot of borrowed anecdotes concerning the usual suspects (Gertrude Stein and all the rest of them). But, while constantly telling us how wonderful...
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Quackser


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5.0 out of 5 stars FODOR'S Meets Sex and the City!, 15 Feb 2005
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This review is from: We'll Always Have Paris: Sex And Love In The City Of Light (Hardcover)
John Baxter's latest book is a memoir, city guide, historical/literary romp and affectionate look at Paris through the eyes, ears and taste-buds of an expatriate!
What a delightful read presented in a small, guide-book size format easily held in one hand at an outdoor Parisian cafe. The book begins with Baxter's move to Paris at age 50 from a comfortable professional life in Los Angeles to his new life with a former love who soon becomes his wife. Though he arrives in Paris knowing only a smattering of French, the book is liberally sprinkled with French words and phrases, whose historical origins are creatively interspersed with Baxter's adventures and explorations of the City of Lights. One of the strengths of his writing is his keen observation and description of the people he has known over the years and how their life stories have interwoven with his own. A most enjoyable book for both the Francophile and those who wish to be, but are reluctant to admit it!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Even the title is borrowed, 11 Feb 2010
Noted writer on film (and writer of film, if you count the unfortunate mess "Time Guardian) John Baxter recasts himself as some sort of Paris-based equivalent of Iain Sinclair. He mixes dollops of his recent autobiography with a lot of borrowed anecdotes concerning the usual suspects (Gertrude Stein and all the rest of them). But, while constantly telling us how wonderful and mysterious a place his adopted home city is, he never manages to cast a spell that might prove such a thesis. And one can't avoid the suspicion that the book is essentially an audition for the role of all-purpose expert on Paris; someone to be interviewed on BBC4 documentaries about the place; someone available to guide upmarket tour groups through the "hidden" city. An entertaining (if disposable) read, though, even if Baxter's prose style often clunks.
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