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Meet Me At Père Lachaise: a guided tour of Père Lachaise Cemetery Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Anna and Mason's deep affection for this place comes through in the eloquent and clever writing and breathtaking photographs. While this book chronicles the residents of a cemetery, I couldn't help but feel a wonderful sense of life from learning more about each of them. I loved how Anna told you things about them that weren't the typical, boring textbook facts you are used to, she made them so real and accessible. It is also a joy to own a book that gives you a peek into the soul of its authors. This kind of passion cannot be fabricated. Anna's "do and don't tips" was so touching and sweet. Mason's photos are so haunting and dramatic. Whether or not you ever make the trip to visit Pere Lachaise, you must tour it through this book, it is amazing! And if you do go there in person, please leave it better than how you found it!!!
And so, with that in mind, the book is an incredibly rare gem: A knowledgeable collection of terse but robust facts about the amazing residents of Pere Lachaise, organized to be suitable for a tour, yet seasoned with inimitable personal anecdotes that briefly alight like a Psyche butterfly. It's a brief dance of two living souls among thousands that have passed. In other words, life.
To wit: the Paris landlady of Eriksson and Bendewald whose uncle was the culprit who stole Maria Callas' ashes. Or the author hearing the growling otherworldly intonations of Jim Morrison while paying respects at his oft-defiled grave. Or the photographer paying homage first by kneeling at the foot of the monument to slain young journalist Victor Noir, and then again by leaving his corroded copper monument as one of the only subjects in the entire book printed in color.
These are not the sterile monologues of a paid docent or the rote recitations of a bored tour guide. These are not stock photographs taken by sanctioned lenses.Read more ›
since i'm about to jump in on the iPhone 4 train this book and app = awesome.
the creators have a clear passion for pere lachaise and it shows through their work. i cannot wait to revisit pere lachaise with a proper guide book and a sense of proper direction. check it out!
And in as much as the profiles are well-written, the other high point of Meet Me At Père Lachaise are the sharp, museum quality black and white photographs that are very touching are respectfully taken. My only suggestion to Anna and Mason for a follow up book is please consider taking pictures of the graves while it's overcast, raining, or at sunset to create a more visually somber ambiance of the cemetery.
Again, this is a remarkable book well-worth buying.
One of the most beautiful elements of this book, however, and there are so many - is Anna's firm reminder to all of us how to best respect those graves we are visiting and how to leave those graves when we are finished. No lipstick graffiti and with random trash in hand to be discarded! It is clear in each biography, each set of directions leading to the next grave site how much she truly loves this place and we fall in love with it too! This book is not only a great gift for friends and family traveling to Paris, it's just a great gift!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought this for my mother who has been to Pere Lachaise. She loved it. The book has lots of photos and good background on those buried here. Photos are very well done.Published 9 months ago by markamay
I truly enjoyed Anna's fun and informative writing and Mason's beautiful photography! I'm so happy I found this book because it immediately brought back wonderful memories of my... Read morePublished 13 months ago by thegazelle
This book was truly enchanting. All the small stories were just wonderful. The pictures were also wonderful - this book was a joy to read. Read morePublished 15 months ago by P B Illingworth
have truly enjoyed this book. pictures are great and quotes from truly famous people superb'.Published 16 months ago by ROSALIE JONAS
I really liked this book. Lots of very nice photos. And, comprehensive biographies of the permanent residents - many of them very famous. A must for anyone who likes cemeteries.Published 23 months ago by Meryl Osse
...at Pere Lachaise...Not that Mason Bendewald's photographs aren't grand(they are!),it's just that Anna Eriksson's writing is awful,and it takes up most of the 102 pages of this... Read morePublished on July 21, 2013 by Charles H. Levenson
I'm a history junkie, and I came across this book while researching the best historical places to visit when my husband and I travel to Europe. Read morePublished on February 27, 2013 by Kathryn Hough
A super overview of this famous cemetery near the heart of Paris.
It is a good historical overview & nice format with photos. Read more
This book was so much better than I expected. I had bought it to see the
final resting place of a kindred spirit & muse Jim Morrison. I was 14 yrs. Read more