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The Real Midnight In Paris: A History of the Expatriate Writers in Paris That Made Up the Lost Generation (Bookcaps Study Guides) Paperback – 27 Jul 2012

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  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (27 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1478323116
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478323112
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.4 x 20.3 cm
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This easily digestible work serves as an excellent companion to Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris as well as being a good companion on a short trip to Paris. It provides a detailed sketch of the city in the years after World War One, sets out the reasons for the expatriates (mostly, but not exclusively' American) settling (and, in some cases, visiting - for a visit qualifies one for inclusion meaning meaning that you get more artiste for your buck) and the reasons for (in most cases) leaving. TS Elliot. James Joyce and Ezra Pound as well as co-stars of the Movie, Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein all feature. The author also seeks to capture the key features of the writers' leading work and placing them in their modernist context. The artistic movements in Paris at the time are also touched upon with another of the greats that featured in the movie, Pablo Picasso, getting a mention.
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This is a short and concise guide to the lost generation authors and artists who lived in Paris in the interwar period. It can serve as an excellent introduction to this era and its prominent figures or, as in my case, a very good refresher. The kindle copy comes also with a further reading list at the end which is also a great asset.
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Thought there would be more information about their lives in Paris.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Real Midnight In Paris 21 April 2016
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Several months ago I wrote a Romanian review for Woody Allen’s film, Midnight in Paris, which is one of my favourite movies of all time. Due to this amazing film and also due to my fascination with the City of Lights, I bought a short literary guide in e-book format, entitled The Real Midnight in Paris, written by Paul Brody.

The author explains who the expatriates were and why they settled in Paris after the Great War ended instead of returning to their homeland. “This group of young artists, most of them born between 1895 and 1900, would become known as the Lost Generation. In 1920s, Paris, they were all between 20 and 30 years old and eager to test the boundaries of life” (p. 1). As the previous quote already suggests, these young people had a strong interest in arts, especially literature that brought them together as well as “the seismic shift in culture that signalled the painful birth of the Modern World” (Idem).

Probably no one anticipated then that the First World War and the Second World War would dramatically change the way people used to live, their culture in general, politics, mentalities and so on. But the Great War was the first historical event where most of the men belonging to the middle class had to fight. We should mention here writers such as Ernest Hemingway or Wilfred Owen, who died in the line of duty. Thus, traumas, disillusions and frustrations linked to the war not only left their mark on the young survivors’ minds, but they also influenced and shaped the works they created.

Moreover, these intellectuals, who came from restrictive and conservative countries, saw Paris as the refuge they needed, due to the “climate of intellectual freedom and experimentation was unlike anywhere else in the Western world” (p. 2). Because of this, thousands of American and European expatriates flocked to the City of Lights, where they could experiment, share and debate with other artists their outstanding ideas in the now famous literary salons, cafes and publishing houses. Besides the modernity and freedom for artists and their arts, Paris also reminded them of the Old World, with its charming boulevards and the ornate buildings of the 19th century, that became the cliché image of the Romantic Paris, which some of us love and others hate.

In the first two chapters, you will read about the historical background of the Great War, the post-war effects that led artists and writers like those who will establish the Avant-garde movement to move to Paris, the most important Salons, Cafes and Bookshops – such as Sylvia Beach’s bookshop Shakespeare and Company and “Gertrude Stein’s Saturday evening salons” (p. 13). In such gathering places, literature and art radically deviated from the traditional norms and principles, thanks to the outburst of various movements we still recognize today: Cubism, Dadaism or Surrealism. Next, you will learn which historical factors put an end to the Lost Generation, then Paul Broody gives you some essential information about the Forerunners of the Lost Generation such as T. S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein, James Joyce. Later on, in the chapter Primary Representatives of the Lost Generation, you will read about Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and other writers and artists. The final factual chapter ends the study with the Critical Reception regarding the works of the Lost Generation.

Before I go, I must add that this study was pretty good. Some would say it is too short, but I think that, for a beginner, it is a guide that gives you a taste of the 20s and if you are longing for more, you have the seventh chapter where you can find enough titles for further reading, such as the works of the main writers of the Lost Generation. If you need to better understand this literary period, but don’t want to read too much, this guide may be the book for you.

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A GUIDE & REFERENCE of 1920's "Lost Generation" 2 Jan. 2014
By Sonya@Hollywood - Published on
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The catchy title "The Real Midnight in Paris" is what first got my attention and convinced me to buy this book. After seeing Woody Allen's charming movie "Midnight in Paris" and his realistic portrayals of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Cole Porter and many other expatriate artists living in Paris in the 1920's, I was hooked and inspired to learn more. Author Paul Brody writes well and provides interesting tidbits behind the "Lost generation" of post World War I. His book is only 73 pages long, but offers easy to read short summaries of famous writers of the time. "The Real Midnight in Paris: A History of the Expatriate Writers in Paris that Made Up the Lost Generation" is at best, a beginner's reference. Although Brody provides a little history and background of the famous expatriates living in 1920's Paris, his book will not give you an in depth study. It will however, entice the reader to research more about these colorful and famous writers in other books. If you want to know what these writers were going through or thinking, Books like "A Moveable Feast" offers firsthand insight and a cafe's chair next to Hemingway as he writes his personal observations of Paris in the 20's. I do however recommend reading Brody's book, if anything to have a guide book at your fingertips, dates of publications and a list of literary works that made these expatriates forever famous and part of the "lost generation."
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars slow and lackluster 27 April 2013
By Joe Brannin - Published on
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It had a very narrow scope. For such an interesting time in history not much of it came across. It did not include enough of the people who were there at the time nor did it link world events to the writing.
I have not read anything similar to it that was not semi-fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really interesting! 12 Mar. 2016
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I have just started reading this book; I am several chapters in but I love it so far. If you're interested in history, writers, artists, or Paris, this book is very interesting. It's motivated me to look into works by several of the writers and poets discussed. It seems to be a great jump off to more in depth reading or just a great overview of the movement.
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Generation Explained in 73 Pages 21 July 2015
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With the exception of misspelling Hemingway's name on the back cover, I thought this was okay. Shorter than expected. But a good introduction to Paris in the 1920's and how the Lost Generation came to be. There was more depth in this short book than in the literary walking tour of Paris I went on recently.
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