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The Twilight Years: Paris in the 1930s

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
For the artists and expatriates, the aristocrats and arrivistes, Paris in the 1930s lost none of its magical allure, as this lavishly illustrated chronicle of a fascinating decade in the city's cultural history shows. At salons, galleries, palaces, and cafes, Henry Miller, Helena Rubinstein, Anais Nin, Coco Chanel, Salvador Dali, and Katherine Anne Porter joined ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 14th 2001 by Basic Books (first published October 12th 2000)
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Mikey B.
Jul 23, 2013 Mikey B. rated it really liked it
Shelves: france, history
The title of this book is a misnomer – as it is, for the most part, about the expatriate colony in Paris – and most of them English-speaking. But, it is interesting how Paris was an international magnate attracting Americans, Russians, and Spaniards. It helps to make a great city like Paris even more pre-eminent to have this international influx.

The stories around these personages are fascinating – like Sylvia Beach of “Shakespeare and Company” bookstore, Picasso, Dali, Gertrude Stein, and a dem
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Cynthia Karl
May 03, 2012 Cynthia Karl rated it liked it
Not to be put on one's "world's greatest literature" bookshelf, this is still an entertaining and informative read. The real life people discussed in these pages make some novel characters look wimpy.
Steven
Jul 21, 2008 Steven rated it really liked it
I took my time with book simply because I found that my interest in Henry Miller seems to have waned. Oh well. Still a good read.
Lynn Mccartney
Jul 16, 2012 Lynn Mccartney rated it really liked it
Another in the theme of pre-war Paris. I really enjoyed reading this and intend to fall it up with several other titles about the German occupation of Paris from 1940-1944.
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Lots of name dropping, but not terribly compelling. Skimmed the last chapters.
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similar to The Crazy Years except a decade later
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