on 12 June 2013
A literal romp through the most exciting period in French cultural life and history, actually if not Europe or the world. it seemed like a time that Paris was stuffed full of the great and the infamous. Painters, thinkers, artists, chancers and losers.
His description of Gertrude Stein being like "the turret of a tank turning" is priceless. Makes a nice change from the breathless adortation of her that seems to be all anyone else is capable of.
I loved his youth, his irreverence, iresponsibility, delight and ability to record an event so objectively, amusingly and unforgetabley. Unlike my spelling.
Read it if you want to the real skinny on what was happening in Paris behind the scene. Egos, silliness, drunkeness, love, giving everything a go because you are young and don't really care.....bliss.
on 30 June 2013
...and kick back with this immensely entertaining account of a Canadian in Paris in the 1920s.
Anyone with even the slightest interest in what "the Lost Generation" got up to should read these memoirs. Glassco weaves anyone and everyone, with some names changed to protect the (not-so) innocent, into a heady cocktail of bohemian times which in places plays as fast and loose with the facts as it does with the times.
Sure to spice up any Eurostar trip.