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Julian Green was born to American parents in Paris in 1900, and spent most of his life in the French capital. Paris is an extraordinary, lyrical love letter to the city, taking the reader on an imaginative journey around its secret stairways, courtyards, alleys and hidden places. Whether evoking the cool of a deserted church on a hot summer's day, remembering Notre Dame in ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 3rd 2012 by Penguin Classics (first published January 1st 1983)
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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
Anne Sharkey
While this account mainly focuses on the beauty and complex character of Paris as a whole, it also looks at its fragility and the way in which it is under threat. The author states 'a certain amount of destruction is inevitable'. 'Paris' is a romantics account of the city that references poets and painters perceptions of the city throughout.
Debbie Robson
Stop! Those people looking for a geographical and/or historical guide to Paris be warned. This is not it! Instead Paris by Julian Green is a gentle meditation on one of the world's most fascinating cities. As Lila Azam Zanganeh writes in her introduction - in a way talking to him after his death: "Oftentimes you caught yourself dreaming sadly of a Paris which, you suspected, no longer existed. But you also secretly thought that, the more vulnerable Paris appeared, the lovelier it was."
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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
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So divine. A vivid love letter to the city of Paris capturing snapshots of the day-to-day city scenery, but writing so gracefully that you are encapsulated by every word of the author. I cannot express the feelings of pure enchantment this book gave me. I hope to one day write as magically as Julian Green. But until then I will bathe in the allure and bewitchment of his words and read them over and over again.
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.
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.
A reasonably good- albeit extremely brief- collection of Paris snapshots that more or less lament the loss of Paris past to the modernization of the city. The facing French and English pages are distracting and unnecessary. Pick a language, please.
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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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“...quando me passeio por Passy parece-me que deambulo por dentro de mim mesmo e que tropeço incessantemente na minha infância.” 2 likes
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