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Born an American in Paris in 1900, Green accompanies the reader on an imaginative stroll through the French capital sharing his discoveries at every turn. From haunted visions of Notre Dame to memories of the old Trocadero, Green lovingly describes these strange and often little known locations. This special bilingual edition is illustrated with the Green's own photographs...more
Paperback, 153 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Marion Boyars Publishers (first published 1983)
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Jim
There is a certain category of thin books on the City of Lights by talented writers who love her. There was, for instance, John Glassco's Memoirs of Montparnasse -- which I am currently reading a couple of chapters at a time -- and Edmund White's The Flaneur. Paris by Julien Green is another such litle classic, and probably the best of the bunch. It consists of a series of short feuilletons without connection to one another attesting to his love of the city, even when, perhaps especially when, t...more
Darran Mclaughlin
Poor. For some reason there are a lot of mediocre travelogues, meditations and vignettes about Paris. I thought Paris Sketches by JK Huysmans would great, I thought Paris Peasant by Louis Aragon would be excellent and I thought this looked like a pretty interesting book from a great publisher but they all disappointed. When you compare these to the writings of Thomas de Quincy, Charles Lamb, William Hazlitt, Charles Dickens, Ford Maddox Ford or Iain Sinclar on London there is just no contest. Th...more
Reid
A delightful (if very brief) compilation of writings on Paris by one of its most celebrated writers of the last century. Julien (sometimes Julian) Green was an American by birth, but was born and raised in Paris, and seems to have identified himself as a Parisian first and foremost.

Green writes from the perspective of one who has spent his whole life in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. He also seems to be writing from the perspective of one who feels he must insist on his superior...more
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Maria Carmo
The author introduces us to the less known PARIS. He shows us unknown streets, perpectives and monuments, under a different light, and at the end of the book, here is even a chaoter about "enchanted Paris"...

The author is the son of Americans born in Paris, and therefore considers himself a "parisien".

Beautiful, inspiring and an easy read...

Maria Carmo.

Lisboa, 2 September 2011.
Linda
Jul 29, 2011 Linda rated it 4 of 5 stars
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This is a short book of vignettes about observations Green made about the more obscure locations he loved around Paris, his home city. His view of Paris is unique and his writing style is rich, giving a poetic feel to this lovely book. The book is written in both French and English on alternative pages making it great for direct comparison.
Cris
Intimista e pouco de "massas", felizmente!
Jacques Stoltz
A little gem of a book.
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Julien Green was an American writer, who authored several novels, including Léviathan and Each in His Own Darkness. He wrote primarily in French.
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