- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Harper Perennial (24. Mai 2011)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0061998540
- ISBN-13: 978-0061998546
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 12,7 x 2 x 18,1 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 647.216 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Mai 2011
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“One of the smartest nonfiction titles for summer reading ... Baxter tracks both the city’s history and the many celebrated figures who have savored the art of walking in one of the world’s most beautiful capitals.” (Christian Science Monitor)
“A lovely book ... Full of unexpected pleasures ...Parisians claim that walking walking around Paris is an art form in itself, and Baxter proves them right. (Chicago Tribune)
“A man with a great appreciation of what makes Paris tick.” (Newsday)
“We are the beneficiaries of John Baxter’s considerable, vivid love for the expatriate life in Paris. ... The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is as close as a reader can get to the feel of a languid spring walk along Baron Haussmann’s boulevards.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Anyone who loves Paris and loves to walk will feel this book was written just for them. ... Charming.” (USA Today)
“A splendid memoir ... Reading The Most Beautiful Walk in the World is the next best thing to a Paris vacation.” (Boston Globe)
“Fabulous . . . the perfect companion for anyone inspired to hop over to France after seeing Midnight in Paris” (NPR.org)
Thrust into the unlikely role of professional "literary walking tour" guide, an expat writer provides the most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years.
In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafés of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flâneurs; the secluded "Little Luxembourg" gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter's own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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My question : why does every expatriate author writing about (their) life in Paris sound so unbearably smug ? Invariably, visitors to Paris are portrayed as herds of bumbling idiots who are totally "baffled" by everything Parisian and are incapable of finding their way around, taking the métro or ordering a meal - you would think they were writing about Outer Mongolia instead of a normal - if very beautiful - European city.
In this book the author's ego once again figures prominently and I'll definitely never read another "I live in Paris and you don't" book. Also, Mr. Baxter should maybe find out how foie gras is produced, though he probably knows and happily sacrifices animal rights on the altar of his endeavour to be more French than the French.
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This book is primarily (but not exclusively)about the Latin Quarter, where the author lives, and concentrates on the more "colorful" side of the Quarter, particularly as pertains to the American expat literary figures who haunted the area.
This is definitely an entertaining read. The author is a long time resident, married to a French woman and apparently fluent in French. He also works part time as a guide. So it is clear that M. Baxter is very much a part of the city he loves. I learned quite a few tidbits about places I've been to and not been to. If you are a lover of Paris, you will enjoy this book.
delivered just what the book title and jacket describes: a pedestrian in Paris, a memoir of the author who gave 'literary
walking tours," and his version of 'the most beautiful walk in the world." And indeed it lives up to those descriptions and is very well written, interesting, and often funny.
Yes, it's not a travel book of Paris, but it didn't purport to be one. And yes, I certainly agree that if you put a map in the book, ensure that it is correct. But don't let those things detract from reading a pleasurable and satisfying memoir.
I've visited Paris twice, so I'm not an expert by any means, however Mr. Baxter's 'walks' have given me loads of information for a literary walking tour when I visit again.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)