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Meet Me At Père Lachaise: a guided tour of Père Lachaise Cemetery Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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!!!
final resting place of a kindred spirit & muse Jim Morrison. I was 14 yrs. old when
"The Doors" music started to be known.
Unfortunely, I wasn't old enough to appreciate the poetry of its lead singer
Jim Morrison. Fast forward 44 yrs and I was again drawn to listen to this music with
a mature mind, spirit & ears. His presence has been with me for 6 months. What does
this mean? As I writer, teacher & poet, he comes back into my life at the perfect time.
If you are not a fan of Jim Morrison, this book has the greatest composers, musicians
opera singers & famous writers & poets included. Their pictures, lifes & resting place are shown in
A wonderful trip.
Ms.Eriksson,it seems,is a Pere Lachaise groupie,going on and on and on and on about her experiences in the cemetery,and these experiences are not very interesting.Besides which,she is a preachy bore,laying down her own groundrules about what to do and what not to do while visiting the cemetery,as if the place belonged to her and the rest of us are just guests.
To further complicate matters Ms.Eriksson chose to write trite little biographical capsules that accompany mr.Bendewald's superb photographs..The problem here is that apparently Ms.Eriksson is not up to the task.Take,for example,her essay on Marcel Proust;ms.Eriksson claims to be"intimidated"by Proust...she labels him"great"while admitting that she has never read a word that he has written..she also equates the notion of reading Proust to"mental heavy lifting",and yet she goes on and on for several pages about him.
Another of Ms.Eriksson's shortcomings are her terriblejokes(or should I call them alledged jokes?)Trying to be funny is nice,but failing to do so is pathetic,especially when your failures are in print.
All in all,I would gladly meet Mr.Bendewald at Pere Lachaise,if for no other reason than to watch a masterful photographer at work...but I would do so on the strict condition that he left Ms.Eriksson behind at the cemetery gate.
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.
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 ›
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 13 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 17 months ago by thegazelle
have truly enjoyed this book. pictures are great and quotes from truly famous people superb'.Published 20 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 on March 6, 2014 by Meryl Osse
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
We used this as a guide when visiting this interesting place in Paris. I'm not one to visit cemeteries so I was luke warm towards spending the afternoon there. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Freddie
This little guide with map (& also the authors' iPhone app) added much pleasure to my wife's and my visit to Paris' famous very, very large Pere Lachaise Cemetery. Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Reader2