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Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris (edició 2012)

de John Baxter (Autor)

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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.… (més)
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Títol:Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris
Autors:John Baxter (Autor)
Informació:Short Books (2012), 313 pages
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At first I was disappointed in this book. While not expecting a travelogue, I was expecting some sort of neighborhood insights, what's fun to see or what makes a neighborhood especially French. Instead the first half of the book, while referencing walking occasionally, didn't really cover walking or neighborhoods at all. It was a more personal memoir - who he ate with and at what restaurant and what they ate; movies or other authors comments about Paris that fit his story. All in all not interesting because it's not what I expected.

It is well written and there are some interesting nuggets of info and some great quotes scattered throughout. A line I particularly liked is, "

The last quarter of the book started talking about specific neighborhoods and streets as he began telling of his "guide" business. I found the historical references and stories about his "clients" interesting and engaging. Overall, I can't fault the book for the writing or style; mostly my dissatisfaction is because it didn't meet my expectations based on the title - maybe a different title would have helped. Why "A Pedestrian in Paris" when he barely wrote of his walking experiences? AND, he mostly focused on his neighborhood of St Germain and Montparnasse. - Paris is much bigger than that.

Satisfies my "place I want to visit" category for the FB 2015 reading challenge. I'll be going this fall so hoped for some fun tips from this book.....guess I'll keep looking! ( )
  Terrie2018 | Feb 21, 2020 |
This the second of Baxter's books on Paris that I have read, and I enjoyed this one much more than the first. It's a breezy travelogue on Paris and its streets, about the very culture of walking neighborhood by neighborhood. Baxter has lived there for decades and brings a long-time resident's insights, while still adding contrasts from his experiences during his Australian childhood and other stops abroad. This book will particularly delight literature fans, as Baxter can't help but emphasize that aspect of the city--with a heavy dose of Hemingway. The appendix with travel tips would be helpful for anyone who plans to travel to Paris, too. ( )
  ladycato | Feb 20, 2020 |
delightfully written! ( )
  obtusata | Jan 9, 2020 |
I love John Baxter's style. I learned so much. I could almost see and smell the wonderful sights he described, even though it's been decades since I was in Paris. ( )
  bcrowl399 | Apr 4, 2019 |
I did not know what to expect from this non-fiction part history part autobiography. It was a bit disjointed between chapters and it was not a smooth read as a result. I enjoyed some of the anecdotes, but the transitions could have used some more work or better editing. ( )
  niquetteb | Jun 27, 2017 |
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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.

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