The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

A Pedestrian in Paris

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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.

Publisher: New York :, Harper Perennial
Copyright Date: ♭2011
ISBN: 9780062092052
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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ChristchurchLib Feb 09, 2016

In this delightful memoir, author John Baxter discusses his ex-pat life in the City of Light. Between musings on Parisians' penchant for walking and recollections of his own strolls, he shares amusing anecdotes about family life (he's married to a French woman, but no one in her family can cook) and everyday life as well as offering fascinating historical insight into the city by discussing literary lights like Hemingway and covering a serial killer and World War II. Baxter's stories provide an evocative, multi-faceted view of one of the greatest cities in the world. For another walking tour of Paris, try Edmund White's The Flaneur.

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greenacres
Sep 09, 2013

Become a "flaneur" as Baxter takes you on a magical, stroll through the streets of Paris. Opium dens, Hemingway's favourite bars or where to buy a Matisse are all here.

ChristchurchLib Aug 12, 2013

In this delightful memoir, author John Baxter discusses his ex-pat life in the City of Light. Between musings on Parisians' penchant for walking and recollections of his own strolls, he shares amusing anecdotes about family life (he's married to a French woman, but no one in her family can cook) and everyday life as well as offering fascinating historical insight into the city by discussing literary lights like Hemingway and covering a serial killer and World War II. Baxter's stories provide an evocative, multi-faceted view of one of the greatest cities in the world. For another walking tour of Paris, try Edmund White's The Flaneur. http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=664860

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