Memoirs of Montparnasse is a delicious book about being young, restless, reckless, and without cares. It is also the best and liveliest of the many chronicles of 1920s Paris and the exploits of the lost generation.
"Paris is the capital of the world and you must come here. No one who hasn't been here can claim to be more than half human. Every cab driver here is wittier than our authors. I love all of the women here, even the oldest of them to the point of contemplating matrimony."-Joseph Roth
A man of Rabelaisian appetite, with the exquisite palate of the true gastronome, and the literary flair to match, A.J. Liebling (1904-1963) was a formidable eater and a remarkable man, and his nostalgic recitation of his years and meals in Paris is a pleasure to read, dream on, and drool about.
When Leonard Pitt discovered that the city he lived in for many years was actually entirely rebuilt during the mid-1800s, LeonardPitt plunged into Paris's history and began photographing what he learned had changed.
London is male, New York sexually ambivalent, writes Horne. But "has any sensible person ever doubted that Paris is fundamentally a woman?" The renowned historian (The Fall of Paris, A Savage War of Peace, etc.) thus conceives of his history of the city of lights as "linked biographical essays, depicting seven ages... in the long, exciting life of a sexy and beautiful, but also turbulent, troublesome and sometimes excessively violent woman."-Alistair Horne
In the mid-nineteenth century, the Paris we know today was born, the vision of two extraordinary men: the endlessly ambitious Emperor Napoléon III and his unstoppable accomplice, Baron Haussmann. This is the vivid and engrossing account of the greatest transformation of a major city in modern history.
On June 14, 1940, German tanks rolled into a silent and deserted Paris. Eight days later, a humbled France accepted defeat along with foreign occupation. While the swastika now flew over Paris, the City of Light was undamaged, and soon a peculiar kind of normalcy returned as theaters, opera houses, movie theaters, and nightclubs reopened for business. Shedding light on this critical moment of twentieth-century European cultural history, And the Show Went On focuses anew on whether artists and writers have a special duty to show moral leadership in moments of national trauma.
When Paris Sizzled vividly portrays the City of Light during the fabulous 1920s, les Années folles, when Parisians emerged from the horrors of war to find that a new world greeted them-one that reverberated with the hard metallic clang of the assembly line, the roar of automobiles, and the beat of jazz.
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I recommend highly getting a copy of The New York Review . It contains an appreciation of the recently died editor of the publication. Writers and people who worked with him present their experience and in doing so , you get a picture of a great editor and driving force of an important magazine. It covers several pages. Better than any obituary. A rich experience.
It occurs to me that you have a talent for asking the type of open-ended questions that one often sees at the end of books for their "book club" reading guides. (I am not a fan of book clubs, nor the guides. Without the author answering the questions, I find them useless. I don't really care what anyone else speculates!). But it occurs to me that you have a talent that could be marketed to the publishers, if it has not been already. See you soon!
Hey Ter, You really outdid yourself in your interview with this really fine novelist.