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4.0 von 5 Sternen Layers of Architecture and History Told as Adventures, 26. Mai 2010
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"For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity. All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust." -- Ecclesiastes 3:19-20 (NKJV)

Parisians is the most unusual look at a major city that I have ever read. Graham Robb knows Paris well for someone who isn't a Parisian and builds a verbal picture of the city through describing layers of change during which many things don't really change all that much. You have to use your imagination and a good sense of French history to fully appreciate the book. If you have only a slight knowledge of both, you'll probably be a little puzzled by the book. If you are a regular traveler, you'll probably find yourself wanting to visit the locales that he describes over the last two centuries.

Some of the book will seem gratuitous in terms of their shock value. I couldn't quite make up my mind about whether those parts could have been skipped.

In other places, the story telling is fascinating, and the contrasts are portrayed with winning irony that will amuse and delight most readers who don't have a political ax to grind. In that regard, I was especially pleased with the following sections:

- The Man Who Saved Paris
- Lost
- Restoration
- Files of the Sûreté
- Marville
- Madame Zola
- The Notre-Dame Equation
- The Day of the Fox
- Terminus: The North Col

The photographs in the book also add a lot of depth to the story-telling. Look at them closely!

The book's subtitle is a little misleading. Few of these little tales have the kind of adventure element that you would expect to find in a thriller. They are more often adventures in terms of being a sharp break from what had gone on before.

I would have liked a somewhat shorter book that omitted some of the less intriguing stories. I suspect that each reader will be drawn to a different subset of the tales. And that's good. This is my way of indicating that you may well like the book more or less than I did, and such differences would be natural for a book such as this one.

Bon voyage!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A little known Paris..., 6. Dezember 2012
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The little secrets that hide behind the very frequented corners of the city of light... a book for those that crave a little spin on the city's history.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen interesting but lengths, 8. Februar 2014
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris (English Edition) (Kindle Edition)
Not easily readable, better to put down after a chapter and come back to, than stay with it. Some very interesting stories worth knowing about, recommended to friends of trivia and knowledge for its own sake. I will take it on the next trip to Pris definitely and have told some of the anecdotes to friends already...
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