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Report from a Parisian Paradise: Essays from France, 1925-1939

4.24  ·  Rating Details  ·  34 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Joseph Roth (1894-1939), the greatest newpaper correspondent of his age, left the splintering Weimar Republic for Paris in 1925. His essays from Report from a Parisian Paradise evoke a world of suppleness, beauty and promise. So prophetic were Roth's perceptions of a world where the girls became increasingly more lost and innocent that he increasingly resorted to drink to ...more
Hardcover, 301 pages
Published January 29th 2004 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published December 2003)
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Jan 02, 2012 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a follow-on from Joseph Roth's book, "What I Saw," his observations from Berlin from 1920-23. He left Germany because of the things he saw going on there, and moved to France, which he found to be a free and enlightened paradise in comparison. It's a total pleasure to read his delightful observations about France, where he enjoyed a quality of life that was disappearing in Germany. In his writing, he moves from city to city and describes each of them and his joy in being there. But he c ...more
Jun 18, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it
The articles in this collection originally appeared in newspapers in Germany, and it's telling that they're called "essays" for the sake of this collection. German newspaper writing still tends to be more dense and erudite than American newspaper writing, but the idiosyncratic style and high-mindedness of these articles would not fly even in German papers today. As a state of the art of journalism between the world wars, then, this collection is quite interesting.

The title is somewhat of a misno
Jun 10, 2015 Jlnpeacock rated it liked it
Reading a travel guide and observations of the various cities in France between 1925 - 39 was an interesting and fascinating tour. I would like a modern comparison of the cities reviewed to note how much has changed. It also provides a landscape of post World War I and pre World War II. This is helpful and especially so since the articles are written by a German in France at that time.
Giuliana Chamedes
Sep 10, 2007 Giuliana Chamedes rated it it was amazing
despite the awful title, this book is absolutely outstanding.
roth is an exceptional writer, able to seamlessly meld hard-hitting philosophical reflections with lyrical descriptions of day-to-day reality. these short essays are somewhere between a travel diary and a newspaper article (roth earned his living as a journalist). the essays are also extraordinary historical documents chronicling (albeit indirectly) roth's escape to france and his reflections on his native germany. i would recommend t
Jon Shaw
Feb 01, 2011 Jon Shaw rated it really liked it
Interesting to see a German perspective of France at a time when Germany was gearing up to go to war with France. Also, to see his initial amazement at the freedom of France begin to be dampened by the harsh realities was informative.
Deb Oestreicher
Jul 09, 2012 Deb Oestreicher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terribly sad: the articles of a man who sees what's happening and what's coming (the rise of the Third Reich and the war) and can't tear his eyes away--also, can't get over the blindness of others.
Aug 18, 2010 R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel
Wow - much more than a travel narrative, written by an unrepentant and civilized European who watched his world drift into the abyss.
Oct 12, 2010 Elizabeth marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended by a member of Journalist's Top Reads. This is one of my favorite eras in history, so I'm looking forward to this...
Aug 17, 2009 Martin rated it it was amazing
The most beautiful writing about the most beautiful country of them all: France, one most essential read.
Apr 29, 2011 Tuck rated it really liked it
nobody reads this but maybe everybody should. like eatin yer spinach.
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Joseph Roth was born and grew up in Brody, a small town near Lemberg in East Galicia, part of the easternmost reaches of what was then Austro-Hungarian empire and is nowadays Ukraine. Roth was born into a Jewish family. He died in Paris, France.
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