Thrust into the unlikely role of professional "literary walking tour" guide, an expat writer provides the most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years.
In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafés of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flâneurs; the secluded "Little Luxembourg" gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter's own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-Prés.
i havent been to Paris in forty years, but the personal and lyrical quality of these words took me back there.Published 3 days ago by K L Steinbring
This short book by John Baxter is not about a walk.
It is not about Paris.
It is about the narrator, who presumably matches the author, though perhaps with... Read more
I really like John Baxter's books but they seem to start off strong and fade before the end. I probably should give this a four. I love Paris and i'll read more of his works.Published 1 month ago by Betty F. Davis
I look forward to visiting some of the places he talks about. We prefer off the beaten path, and I think the author has written about some of those places. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Helen S. Hindersman
By far the most amusing and insightful guides to Paris I have read...and I've read a lot!Published 3 months ago by Patricia Floyd
fine, interesting etc, except for the sexist cracks about women wearing comfortable shoes. I do not know where some men get this sense that they should dictate how women dress,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dana C.
I found this book a strange mix of what felt like subliminal messages on how to navigate around Paris, with descriptions of both the pretty and unpretty facets of the City. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gma