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Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light Beautifully written and refreshingly original makes us see Paris in a different light San Francisco Chronicle Book Review Swapping his native San Francisco for the City of Light, travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris inon a one way ticket, his head full of romantic notions Curiosity and the legs of a cross country runner propelled him daily from an unheated, seventh floor walk up garret near the Champs Elys es to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani, the tombs of P re Lachaise cemetery, the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens and the aristocratic le Saint Louis midstream in the SeineDownie wound up living in the chic Marais district, married to the Paris born American photographer Alison Harris, an equally incurable walker and chronicler Ten books and a quarter century later, he still spends several hours every day rambling through Paris, and writing about the city he loves An irreverent, witty romp featuring thirty one short prose sketches of people, places and daily life, Paris, ParisJourney into the City of Light ranges from the glamorous to the least known corners and characters of the world s favorite city Photographs by Alison Harris I loved his collection of essays and anyone who s visited Paris in the past, or plans to visit in the future, will be equally charmed as well David Lebovitz, author ofThe Sweet Life in Paris A quirky, personal, independent view of the city, its history and its people Mavis Gallant Gives fresh poetic insight into the city a voyage into the bends and recesses, the jagged edges, the secret interiors of Paris Departures ➵ Seme mraka Download ➾ Author Iva Kolega – 9facts.co.uk travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris inon a one way ticket ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Someday Maybe (Definitely Maybe, Author Ophelia London – 9facts.co.uk his head full of romantic notions Curiosity and the legs of a cross country runner propelled him daily from an unheated [BOOKS] ✴ Pobijedite depresiju kognitivno-bihevioralnim tehnikama ✻ Dragica Barbarić – 9facts.co.uk seventh floor walk up garret near the Champs Elys es to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani [Download] ➹ Gospođa (Suzana ➾ Suzana Rog – 9facts.co.uk the tombs of P re Lachaise cemetery ❮EPUB❯ ❂ Fircigerice (Suzana ✽ Author Suzana Rog – 9facts.co.uk the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens and the aristocratic le Saint Louis midstream in the SeineDownie wound up living in the chic Marais district ➶ [Reading] ➸ Ševa na žuru (Suzana By Suzana Rog ➫ – 9facts.co.uk married to the Paris born American photographer Alison Harris [Download] ➸ Santhana ➽ Borna Bebek – 9facts.co.uk an equally incurable walker and chronicler Ten books and a quarter century later [Reading] ➭ Poslije svega (After, ➵ Anna Todd – 9facts.co.uk he still spends several hours every day rambling through Paris ➩ [Ebook] ➤ Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy, By Ilona Andrews ➵ – 9facts.co.uk and writing about the city he loves An irreverent [BOOKS] ✭ Die Känguru-Apokryphen By Marc-Uwe Kling – 9facts.co.uk witty romp featuring thirty one short prose sketches of people [PDF / Epub] ✅ Regret (Tales from Foster High, Author John Goode – 9facts.co.uk places and daily life ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ Astartes Wrath Author Trisha Wolfe – 9facts.co.uk Paris [PDF] ✈ Dragulji i strasti - I. dio By Janko Matko – 9facts.co.uk ParisJourney into the City of Light ranges from the glamorous to the least known corners and characters of the world s favorite city Photographs by Alison Harris I loved his collection of essays and anyone who s visited Paris in the past [KINDLE] ✽ America 2030 By Ben Shapiro – 9facts.co.uk or plans to visit in the future ❴Reading❵ ➿ Roki Raketa Author Zoran Malkoč – 9facts.co.uk will be equally charmed as well David Lebovitz [Download] ➻ Noći Author Vladimir Pištalo – 9facts.co.uk author ofThe Sweet Life in Paris A quirky ➥ [Epub] ➟ Veči By Jānis Einfelds ➯ – 9facts.co.uk personal ❰Reading❯ ➸ Nathalie: Confessions Of A Fashion Model: The Dark Side Of The Fashion Industry - Monarch Mind Control, Slavery And Sexual Abuse (English Edition) Author Nathalie Augustina – 9facts.co.uk independent view of the city [Epub] ❧ Unchanged Mind Author John A. McKinnon – 9facts.co.uk its history and its people Mavis Gallant Gives fresh poetic insight into the city a voyage into the bends and recesses ❴KINDLE❵ ❀ Taken (Dragons Egg Author Rennie Leigh – 9facts.co.uk the jagged edges ❰Download❯ ✤ Bodacious Author Sharon Ervin – 9facts.co.uk the secret interiors of Paris Departures It took me a couple of months to read this book, not because it wasn t good, but because I wanted to savour each essay At first I dove in, approaching it like a linear travelogue, but I quickly realized that I wasn t giving enough attention to each topic So I read a chapter at a time between other books, and really enjoyed each chapter.I loved how much history and flavour the author offered for his topics If I get an opportunity to return to Paris, I will carry this book and use his descripti It took me a couple of months to read this book, not because it wasn t good, but because I wanted to savour each essay At first I dove in, approaching it like a linear travelogue, but I quickly realized that I wasn t giving enough attention to each topic So I read a chapter at a time between other books, and really enjoyed each chapter.I loved how much history and flavour the author offered for his topics If I get an opportunity to return to Paris, I will carry this book and use his descriptions of places and events to enhance the experience On completion Who is this book for I mention this problem below in a partial review Maybe you want a book offering a little bit for everyone I prefer a book that has a central focus A book for weekend tourists, a book for expats and that for a reader seeking information on the city s history will be three very different books I don t know what you may be seeking from this book I wanted to know interesting details about the city s past Some, but not enough, of the chapters did offer insigh On completion Who is this book for I mention this problem below in a partial review Maybe you want a book offering a little bit for everyone I prefer a book that has a central focus A book for weekend tourists, a book for expats and that for a reader seeking information on the city s history will be three very different books I don t know what you may be seeking from this book I wanted to know interesting details about the city s past Some, but not enough, of the chapters did offer insights that satisfied me I wanted it to capture the feel of the place, and how its denizens behave The only chapters that came close to doing this are the one on caf s and the one on the author s night perambulations You learn a bit about the booksellers along the Seine and the boat people and posh Parisian dog owners.but these are not your typical Parisians I don t think this book captures the French Parisian mentality This is a book of essays Some essays are in fact very similar to other essays Information is repeated If you want a chapter on cemeteries have one and put all related information there The book should have been better organized.Then there is the tone There is lots of whining Rather than the author stating clearly that he dislikes a particular trend he insinuates it The author is opinionated you are getting his point of view He is one for nostalgia change is usually bad While he does list the improvements of particular modernizations you hear from his choice of words what his general sentiment is toward the change, and it is most often negative The gist is that things were definitely better before He doesn t offer constructive solutions The author has a separate essay on Parisian dogs He is NOT a dog owner Only occasionally does he and his wife dog sit He writes about hair styling salons for dogs, clothing stores for dogs, dog cemeteries, dog taxi services You hear his ridicule clearly OK, jeweled collars and such are ridiculous, but he simply has no idea what it is like to be a dog owner He has nothing good to say This is just one example of what I mean by opinionated writing You begin to wonder to what extent other topics are presented in a balanced fashion.Some sentences were beyond my comprehension What is the author trying to say Maybe the problem lies with me, but I didn t always understand what the author was trying to get across I didn t think his explanation for the term bobos was adequate There I turned to Wiki for clarification.I hope you understand now why I gave this book only two stars If you choose to read the book, don t listen to the audiobook narrated by Max Winter See below I have listened to half Wow, the book definitely does improve once it starts talking about the people of Paris What people The booksellers along the Seine, the boat people, Modigliani, Coco Chanel and the French symbolist painter Gustave Moreau I didn t know at all about Moreau and there is a wonderful museum just devoted to his artwork If I complain, I must also point out when a book improves It certainly has I have listened to about 1 3 to 1 2 so far I am having serious trouble with this book The author throws around names, politicians and authors, but often they are mentioned over and over again Balzac, Victor Hugo and Emile Zola are his favorite authors It is like, look what I have read, what I know, where I have been.MUCH is derogatory So much whining.Who is this book for A weekend tourist An expat living in Paris Someone wanting the background story of Paris and its history Or is the focus Paris today and modern trends What is offered is a mix Parts are walks don a particular street and what the author saw at number 258 or 161 or 352 This means nothing if you don t have a photo or don t have the street in front of you These sections are for the weekend tourist perhaps BUT, a recent chapter read was about Les Halles, the old food market replaced by Forum des Halles, a huge subterranean shopping mall You don t go to Paris to shop there Does a weekend tourist want to know about this ugly, cold, sterile shopping mall filled with vacancies Maybe all you need to know is NOT to go there Sure, you go there if you have to find something particular, and then you get out Then pages are spent on the numerous failed attempts to make improvements A new center is planned And.we are told how to spell shampoo and how it is pronounced I don t quite see why that was thrown in There are some bits of interesting history, for example, Roman history, the origin of the city s name and about the ancient Cimeti re des Innocents replaced by the P re Lachaise Cimeti r But actually what I most liked was looking at images on Wiki of what you can see there Does the book have adequate photos There are fantastic tombs to be seen Again the weekend tourist is told where they can see that or that person s tomb Maybe that is important for you Why do we have to be told how many trees and bushes are in this park or that park You don t get the feel of Paris AT ALL The next essay is about the people of Paris Will it cover only those of fame Will we meet the people you would bump shoulders with on a stroll in Paris or sitting next to you on a park bench Make up your mind, Downie, who is this book written for For a short trip to Paris I would recommend an Eye Witness Travel Guide Full of pictures, great maps and helpful museum, hotel, restaurants and transport information I swear by them AND for God s sake if you have decided to offer a book on Paris in an audio version get a narrator that knows French My audiobook is narrated by Max Winter He cannot pronounce boules He cannot even decide how he will pronounce Medici he tries several pronunciations.I don t understand why there are so very many positive reviews for this book Could this guy have so many GR friends I will continue, but my temper is running short The next essay chapter better be good I have decided to read this book because of my wife s enthusiastic review, as follows I have lived in the South of France each summer for the past 7 years, which also includes at least one month in Paris each year I read about 6 to 7 books each year about Paris, my favorite city David Downie s book, Paris, Paris Journey into the City of Light is one of the best I have ever read What a fun book to read Downie takes some obscure things, i.e the poles on the sidewalks to keep cars from I have decided to read this book because of my wife s enthusiastic review, as follows I have lived in the South of France each summer for the past 7 years, which also includes at least one month in Paris each year I read about 6 to 7 books each year about Paris, my favorite city David Downie s book, Paris, Paris Journey into the City of Light is one of the best I have ever read What a fun book to read Downie takes some obscure things, i.e the poles on the sidewalks to keep cars from parking there, and makes them interesting His book has opened my eyes to seeas I walk around Paris Paris people, places, and things all made fun, interesting and informative I will enjoy my walks around Paris evennow that I have had the pleasure of reading David Downie s wonderful bookchokengtitiktitikchokeng maybe someday I ll convince her to join GR and post her own reviews Gol LY it took me long enough to read this Because every chapter is an essay of its own, there were some I loved, some that were ok, and some that didn t capture me at all I will say that having never been to Paris, or even France, some of what Downie talks about were hard to follow One might appreciate this book evenif they werefamiliar with the city But I do hope to go someday, and I will definitely revisit this book when that day comes It ll come It has to come.

    ➵ Seme mraka Download ➾ Author Iva Kolega – 9facts.co.uk travel writer David Downie arrived in Paris inon a one way ticket ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Someday Maybe (Definitely Maybe, Author Ophelia London – 9facts.co.uk his head full of romantic notions Curiosity and the legs of a cross country runner propelled him daily from an unheated [BOOKS] ✴ Pobijedite depresiju kognitivno-bihevioralnim tehnikama ✻ Dragica Barbarić – 9facts.co.uk seventh floor walk up garret near the Champs Elys es to the old Montmartre haunts of the doomed painter Modigliani [Download] ➹ Gospođa (Suzana ➾ Suzana Rog – 9facts.co.uk the tombs of P re Lachaise cemetery ❮EPUB❯ ❂ Fircigerice (Suzana ✽ Author Suzana Rog – 9facts.co.uk the luxuriant alleys of the Luxembourg Gardens and the aristocratic le Saint Louis midstream in the SeineDownie wound up living in the chic Marais district ➶ [Reading] ➸ Ševa na žuru (Suzana By Suzana Rog ➫ – 9facts.co.uk married to the Paris born American photographer Alison Harris [Download] ➸ Santhana ➽ Borna Bebek – 9facts.co.uk an equally incurable walker and chronicler Ten books and a quarter century later [Reading] ➭ Poslije svega (After, ➵ Anna Todd – 9facts.co.uk he still spends several hours every day rambling through Paris ➩ [Ebook] ➤ Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy, By Ilona Andrews ➵ – 9facts.co.uk and writing about the city he loves An irreverent [BOOKS] ✭ Die Känguru-Apokryphen By Marc-Uwe Kling – 9facts.co.uk witty romp featuring thirty one short prose sketches of people [PDF / Epub] ✅ Regret (Tales from Foster High, Author John Goode – 9facts.co.uk places and daily life ❴PDF / Epub❵ ☉ Astartes Wrath Author Trisha Wolfe – 9facts.co.uk Paris [PDF] ✈ Dragulji i strasti - I. dio By Janko Matko – 9facts.co.uk ParisJourney into the City of Light ranges from the glamorous to the least known corners and characters of the world s favorite city Photographs by Alison Harris I loved his collection of essays and anyone who s visited Paris in the past [KINDLE] ✽ America 2030 By Ben Shapiro – 9facts.co.uk or plans to visit in the future ❴Reading❵ ➿ Roki Raketa Author Zoran Malkoč – 9facts.co.uk will be equally charmed as well David Lebovitz [Download] ➻ Noći Author Vladimir Pištalo – 9facts.co.uk author ofThe Sweet Life in Paris A quirky ➥ [Epub] ➟ Veči By Jānis Einfelds ➯ – 9facts.co.uk personal ❰Reading❯ ➸ Nathalie: Confessions Of A Fashion Model: The Dark Side Of The Fashion Industry - Monarch Mind Control, Slavery And Sexual Abuse (English Edition) Author Nathalie Augustina – 9facts.co.uk independent view of the city [Epub] ❧ Unchanged Mind Author John A. McKinnon – 9facts.co.uk its history and its people Mavis Gallant Gives fresh poetic insight into the city a voyage into the bends and recesses ❴KINDLE❵ ❀ Taken (Dragons Egg Author Rennie Leigh – 9facts.co.uk the jagged edges ❰Download❯ ✤ Bodacious Author Sharon Ervin – 9facts.co.uk the secret interiors of Paris Departures It took me a couple of months to read this book, not because it wasn t good, but because I wanted to savour each essay At first I dove in, approaching it like a linear travelogue, but I quickly realized that I wasn t giving enough attention to each topic So I read a chapter at a time between other books, and really enjoyed each chapter.I loved how much history and flavour the author offered for his topics If I get an opportunity to return to Paris, I will carry this book and use his descripti It took me a couple of months to read this book, not because it wasn t good, but because I wanted to savour each essay At first I dove in, approaching it like a linear travelogue, but I quickly realized that I wasn t giving enough attention to each topic So I read a chapter at a time between other books, and really enjoyed each chapter.I loved how much history and flavour the author offered for his topics If I get an opportunity to return to Paris, I will carry this book and use his descriptions of places and events to enhance the experience On completion Who is this book for I mention this problem below in a partial review Maybe you want a book offering a little bit for everyone I prefer a book that has a central focus A book for weekend tourists, a book for expats and that for a reader seeking information on the city s history will be three very different books I don t know what you may be seeking from this book I wanted to know interesting details about the city s past Some, but not enough, of the chapters did offer insigh On completion Who is this book for I mention this problem below in a partial review Maybe you want a book offering a little bit for everyone I prefer a book that has a central focus A book for weekend tourists, a book for expats and that for a reader seeking information on the city s history will be three very different books I don t know what you may be seeking from this book I wanted to know interesting details about the city s past Some, but not enough, of the chapters did offer insights that satisfied me I wanted it to capture the feel of the place, and how its denizens behave The only chapters that came close to doing this are the one on caf s and the one on the author s night perambulations You learn a bit about the booksellers along the Seine and the boat people and posh Parisian dog owners.but these are not your typical Parisians I don t think this book captures the French Parisian mentality This is a book of essays Some essays are in fact very similar to other essays Information is repeated If you want a chapter on cemeteries have one and put all related information there The book should have been better organized.Then there is the tone There is lots of whining Rather than the author stating clearly that he dislikes a particular trend he insinuates it The author is opinionated you are getting his point of view He is one for nostalgia change is usually bad While he does list the improvements of particular modernizations you hear from his choice of words what his general sentiment is toward the change, and it is most often negative The gist is that things were definitely better before He doesn t offer constructive solutions The author has a separate essay on Parisian dogs He is NOT a dog owner Only occasionally does he and his wife dog sit He writes about hair styling salons for dogs, clothing stores for dogs, dog cemeteries, dog taxi services You hear his ridicule clearly OK, jeweled collars and such are ridiculous, but he simply has no idea what it is like to be a dog owner He has nothing good to say This is just one example of what I mean by opinionated writing You begin to wonder to what extent other topics are presented in a balanced fashion.Some sentences were beyond my comprehension What is the author trying to say Maybe the problem lies with me, but I didn t always understand what the author was trying to get across I didn t think his explanation for the term bobos was adequate There I turned to Wiki for clarification.I hope you understand now why I gave this book only two stars If you choose to read the book, don t listen to the audiobook narrated by Max Winter See below I have listened to half Wow, the book definitely does improve once it starts talking about the people of Paris What people The booksellers along the Seine, the boat people, Modigliani, Coco Chanel and the French symbolist painter Gustave Moreau I didn t know at all about Moreau and there is a wonderful museum just devoted to his artwork If I complain, I must also point out when a book improves It certainly has I have listened to about 1 3 to 1 2 so far I am having serious trouble with this book The author throws around names, politicians and authors, but often they are mentioned over and over again Balzac, Victor Hugo and Emile Zola are his favorite authors It is like, look what I have read, what I know, where I have been.MUCH is derogatory So much whining.Who is this book for A weekend tourist An expat living in Paris Someone wanting the background story of Paris and its history Or is the focus Paris today and modern trends What is offered is a mix Parts are walks don a particular street and what the author saw at number 258 or 161 or 352 This means nothing if you don t have a photo or don t have the street in front of you These sections are for the weekend tourist perhaps BUT, a recent chapter read was about Les Halles, the old food market replaced by Forum des Halles, a huge subterranean shopping mall You don t go to Paris to shop there Does a weekend tourist want to know about this ugly, cold, sterile shopping mall filled with vacancies Maybe all you need to know is NOT to go there Sure, you go there if you have to find something particular, and then you get out Then pages are spent on the numerous failed attempts to make improvements A new center is planned And.we are told how to spell shampoo and how it is pronounced I don t quite see why that was thrown in There are some bits of interesting history, for example, Roman history, the origin of the city s name and about the ancient Cimeti re des Innocents replaced by the P re Lachaise Cimeti r But actually what I most liked was looking at images on Wiki of what you can see there Does the book have adequate photos There are fantastic tombs to be seen Again the weekend tourist is told where they can see that or that person s tomb Maybe that is important for you Why do we have to be told how many trees and bushes are in this park or that park You don t get the feel of Paris AT ALL The next essay is about the people of Paris Will it cover only those of fame Will we meet the people you would bump shoulders with on a stroll in Paris or sitting next to you on a park bench Make up your mind, Downie, who is this book written for For a short trip to Paris I would recommend an Eye Witness Travel Guide Full of pictures, great maps and helpful museum, hotel, restaurants and transport information I swear by them AND for God s sake if you have decided to offer a book on Paris in an audio version get a narrator that knows French My audiobook is narrated by Max Winter He cannot pronounce boules He cannot even decide how he will pronounce Medici he tries several pronunciations.I don t understand why there are so very many positive reviews for this book Could this guy have so many GR friends I will continue, but my temper is running short The next essay chapter better be good I have decided to read this book because of my wife s enthusiastic review, as follows I have lived in the South of France each summer for the past 7 years, which also includes at least one month in Paris each year I read about 6 to 7 books each year about Paris, my favorite city David Downie s book, Paris, Paris Journey into the City of Light is one of the best I have ever read What a fun book to read Downie takes some obscure things, i.e the poles on the sidewalks to keep cars from I have decided to read this book because of my wife s enthusiastic review, as follows I have lived in the South of France each summer for the past 7 years, which also includes at least one month in Paris each year I read about 6 to 7 books each year about Paris, my favorite city David Downie s book, Paris, Paris Journey into the City of Light is one of the best I have ever read What a fun book to read Downie takes some obscure things, i.e the poles on the sidewalks to keep cars from parking there, and makes them interesting His book has opened my eyes to seeas I walk around Paris Paris people, places, and things all made fun, interesting and informative I will enjoy my walks around Paris evennow that I have had the pleasure of reading David Downie s wonderful bookchokengtitiktitikchokeng maybe someday I ll convince her to join GR and post her own reviews Gol LY it took me long enough to read this Because every chapter is an essay of its own, there were some I loved, some that were ok, and some that didn t capture me at all I will say that having never been to Paris, or even France, some of what Downie talks about were hard to follow One might appreciate this book evenif they werefamiliar with the city But I do hope to go someday, and I will definitely revisit this book when that day comes It ll come It has to come."/>
  • Paperback
  • 303 pages
  • Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light
  • David Downie
  • English
  • 06 July 2019
  • 0307886085

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