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Paris: An Inspiring Tour of the City's Creative Heart Paperback – October 3, 2012
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Nevertheless, the book is unfortunately marred by occasional incorrect cultural, geographical or historical information and often exhibits very sloppy proofreading efforts. For an author who writes that she spent both short and long sojourns in Paris, she and her editors at Plum and Chronicle Books did not take enough time to correct their galleys which were brimming with numerous French errors.
I would like to address examples of both content and form that are misleading or incorrect. McCulloch writes about a newspaper named La Liberté; could she be speaking instead about the left-wing daily Libération? In addition, the Église Saint-Sulpice is referred to as a cathedral (pg 62) and she makes a droguerie almost sound like a pharmacy (pg 175). McCulloch's historical explanation of how the Latin Quarter got its name is somewhat short-changed as she fails to mention that Sorbonne students actually spoke Latin among each other, reflecting the diversity of the university's student body in the 13th century. The Left Bank is characterized by her as mostly in the 6th district, but four other arrondissements border the river on the south side.Read more ›
She explains that she was in a rush to get the book to print, but I don't think that is any excuse for not properly editing and checking facts.
That being said, the book is visually appealing with wonderful photographs. A little more detail in the directions would be helpful though, perhaps including a small map section for each chapter. Instead she says "head over to (fill in the blank)" without really giving you concrete directions. I wouldn't recommend this book for a first time visitor to Paris, but perhaps to someone who has been there a few times, knows their way around and perhaps wants to discover some interesting places they have not been to yet.
While we were planning our trip to Paris she shared it with me and I thought it was so beautifully done that I wanted one of my own. The problem is ... There is no date of publication and other than Angelina's Tea Shop none of her shops could be found. We spent two days looking for several of them. Very frustrating
If you want a beautiful book to look at buy it ... If you want a book that will give you up to date info on Paris skip it!
What makes Ms. McCulloch's book sublime is in how it activates the senses with her beautiful pictures, bringing back beautiful memories of places one has lingered and a longing for those places yet to be visited.
Her purposeful meandering through out various arrondissements makes her book a necessary accessory for any one's next visit.
Thank you for allowing me to relish Paris once more through your eyes and with your words!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to admit I was quite disappointed, for the same reasons many others were. It was hard for me to visualize some of the places the author was talking about without maps or... Read morePublished 29 days ago by G Young
A good overview of Paris and it's different districts. Very enjoyable.Published 1 month ago by peaches
chooses about 8 or 9 arrondisements and really gives the reader an in-depth feel for the culture, the history and the differences of each area--and then points out great shops,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
So much information about things to do and places to see that we have added extra days to our trip.Published 2 months ago by Running Grandma
I have dozens of books on Paris and this is clearly my favorite. I loved exploring the shops the author lists and would never have found some of the out of the way places without... Read morePublished 3 months ago by NSH
The book is a delight! The photos are very beautiful and capture the essence and magic that is Paris. Read morePublished 4 months ago by veronica
Fun read about Paris and what makes each arrondissement unique. Got a bit too detailed for me as the author visited many shops and compared them. But that could just be my problem.Published 7 months ago by B. Biddle
Oh my gosh, I am so glad I "accidentally" came across this book in an art store BEFORE my trip to Paris. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Aimee