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Product Details

  • Paperback: 70 pages
  • Publisher: Interlink Pub Group Inc (April 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566566460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566566469
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 4.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,694,424 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Arnold Delaney has lived in Paris with his wife and family since 1991. He has always been fascinated by history and etymology. Over the years in his travels on the Paris Metro he always wondered about the sources and origins of the station's names. Hence this book, which is the result of many years of research.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ben Nevis on January 23, 2007
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Delaney's Paris By Metro is nothing short of an etymological delight! The book has a brief description of EVERY Paris Metro station and although it checks in at only about 70 pages it is loaded with information.

I've been to Paris several times and using the Metro is always one of my favorite experiences. I've caught myself on more than one occasion wondering from where these strange and foreign names for the stations were derived. Chemin Vert, Oberkampf, Varenne, and a host of others were just as mysterious when leaving Paris as they were when I arrived. But with this book all the mysteries have been solved!

There is no "Look Inside" feature as of yet for this publication so I'll give you a few of the details of the layout of the book.

It's very portable, nice looking, and weighs next to nothing. A traveller could probably fit it into a back pocket, but I think it's more suitable for a backpack or a purse. The first several pages deal with some of the particulars of using the Metro. You'll find a clear 2 page color map of the entire Metro, a brief explanation of how to use the system, a brief description of the different types of trains, lists of places to visit and shop that are easily accessible by the Metro, and a method for understanding the different terms used in France for various types of roads, streets, squares, and plazas.

The heart of the book begins on about page 7 with a chapter devoted to Line 1, followed by 13 additional chapters, averaging about 5 pages each which ultimately cover all 14 Lines of the Paris Metro.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PianoGuyFromSC on July 24, 2008
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I should have paid more attention to the product description and noted how many (or few) pages were in this book. I thought perhaps it might be a fascinating in-depth study of the Paris subway system, similar to Chrisian Wolmar's excellent "The Subterranean Railway" (about the London underground). I was wrong. It's a very thin hardback in which the author gives short (usually 1 paragraph) stories of how each Metro station got its name. The book is organized by the numbers of the subway lines, and contains some nice color photos (but there could have been much greater variety). I learned some interesting facts about the people and places who have been immortalized in the Metro, but I expected a lot more. No history of the Metro itself, and many stories that could have been fleshed out in more detail. This could easily have been an extra chapter stuck at the back of a Rick Steves travel guide, rather than a separate book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Gill on July 25, 2013
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I love being able to use metros the world over. There is so much art and history tied up with the Paris metro, it's great to have it all in one place in this book.
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