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Gregor Dallas

Autor/a de 1945: The War That Never Ended

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UK (citizen)
Rutgers University (PhD|European Economic History)
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Gregor Dallas, a British citizen, knows something about frontiers and cultural differences. He has spent one third of his life in Britain, a third in the United States and a third in France. He attended Sherborne School in Dorset, received an AB (economics and history) at the University of California at Berkeley, and an AM and PhD (European Economic History) at Rutgers University, New Jersey, where he taught. He also taught at Smith College, Massachusetts (one of America’s ’Seven Sisters’). He is an acclaimed historian of the ending of wars. He writes about both the famous and the unknown, and likes to put historical events in their physical place. In 2006 he set up a French section of the Society of Authors (SOAF) and, pursuing his lifelong interest in local history, organized the following year a ’Local History Workshop’ in the French royal town of Dreux; it created quite a stir in the regional press - this Englishman teaching the French their history. In 2008-9 he chaired the Constitution Study Group of the British Conservatives in Paris (BCiP), which became the object of a book (The Inglorious Revolution).
Dallas in 2014 completed an historical novel, Satie and the Painter, a story of art, love and bitter disillusionment set at the height of the Belle Epoque.



This is a somewaht quirky tale of the history of Paris told through the strategy of exploring Métro stations of historical significance. It is interesting in many areas, but does not cover all the literary users of the Métro in their writing. I am thinking particularly of Raymond Queneau's, Zazie dans le Métro, and other Oulipo efforts. Twelve station areas are covered from Denfer-Rochereau to Pere Lachaise on lines 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 12.
vpfluke | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 19, 2014 |
Metrostop Paris by Gregor Dallas is a pleasant guide to the city for someone who already knows it very well - like London, you do tend to navigate yourself around in relation to which metrostop you're closest to - however, I found myself wondering how those who don't know Paris so well enjoy Dallas' frequent tangents off into realms of time and space unknown that veer wildly away from the metro stations themselves. I personally enjoyed reading a little fact for a change, bombarding the boyfriend with particularly fascinating snippets and thoroughly enjoying the random points, obscure characters and themes in the city's history. However, I am, I have realised, a literary fiction girl through and through and I very naughtily skipped one chapter towards the end, desperate to leave the real world behind and return to some make believe instead......tralala.
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Lucy_Rock | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 31, 2012 |
Gregor pokes around various little known historical vignettes of Paris. The theme "metro stop" apparently is only a device; he seems to have picked the vignette first and then located the nearest metro stop. In any event the book is well written and entertaining. It will add to your understanding of Parisian and Frencvh culture and history.
nemoman | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Jul 19, 2008 |
Takes a long time to actually get to 1945, but a powerful (though repetitive) re-cap up to '45, and passionate description of the failures of the "peace".
tmph | Oct 19, 2007 |

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