Parisians : An Adventure History of Paris, Paperback

Parisians : An Adventure History of Paris Paperback

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No-one knows a city like the people who live there -- so who better to relate the history of Paris than its inhabitants through the ages?

Taking us from 1750 to the new millennium, Graham Robb's Parisians is at once a book to read from cover to cover, to lose yourself in, to dip in and out of at leisure, and a book to return to again and again -- rather like the city itself, in fact. 'Quirky, amused and tres British' Julian Barnes 'A collection of true stories, culled from Robb's insatiable historical reading and lit by his imagination ...So richly pleasurable that you feel it might emit a warm glow if you left it in a dark room' John Carey, Book of the Week, Sunday Times 'This book is the sort of triumph that we have no right to expect to come from anyone in the steady way that Robb's masterly books come from him' Philip Hensher, Daily Telegraph 'As Parisian and as bracing as a freshly mixed Pernod and water' New York Times


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780330452458



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This started out as an enjoyable read - a series of short chapters each focusing on a particular person in the history of Paris from 1780 to modern day. While some of the stories are fascinating and informative I found others downright tedious - perhaps that is because I am more interested in the earlier days of the city than I am in the rise of Sarkozy. On the whole, though, an interesting book touching on some very interesting people.

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