Peterich tells us a bit about the history of Paris und suggests a few walks that should be nothing new to people who know Paris, but are all still ratPeterich tells us a bit about the history of Paris und suggests a few walks that should be nothing new to people who know Paris, but are all still rather lovely today.
Today, because this book was written, well, I actually don't know, because the second, third or however many hand copy I picked up is so old that it doesn't even say when it was first published, and the internet hasn't been helpful so far. I would estimate that the first edition is from 1955, because Peterich lived in Paris until 1954, if I'm informed correctly.
It's funny reading about Peterich's Paris. So much the same, so different. he loves the city (as do I), and I loved seeing his love in and between the lines.
He has a funny chapter about "nightliving" in Paris, recommending the Bastille area for families ("Good behaviour is a given"), which has obviously changed. I also wouldn't necessarily describe the Place de la Concorde as the most beautiful of Paris' many places (not at all ever OMG why?), but hey, it probably was different 70 years ago.
But walking from the Jardin de Luxembourg down to the Seine, passing by St. Julien-le Pauvre (hellooo Highlander!) up to Blvd. St. Germain and on to the Eiffel tower? Still beautiful.
And the quiet of Ile St. Jacques on a Sunday morning? Hasn't changed. Neither has walking over to Notre Dame from there, stopping by Berthillon to eat your ice cream in the small park behind the cathedral. And then walking up to Pont Neuf to look at the Seine and all its Glory.
Oh, I love Paris. I love love love Paris. I can't wait to go again, which, coincidentally, will be in two or three weeks. :-)...more
Four days into 2015 and I have already finished my first book! Yay for me! :-)
This one was a christmas gift by the only person allowed to give me bookFour days into 2015 and I have already finished my first book! Yay for me! :-)
This one was a christmas gift by the only person allowed to give me books. Usually people completely misjudge my reading preferences and I end up with tons of books that I never want to read, but feel obliged to anyway, because they were a gift, PLUS I can't give them away for fear that the gift-givers will one day check my shelves for the book they gave me, or - worse - ask if they can borrow it.
That said, I would not have bought an autobiography of Ray Cokes, but I used to watch his show (Most Wanted) with this one very special friend, and it certainly made my laugh that she gave this to me.
It's a (very) easy read - straight enough to qualify as an actual account of ones life, not straight enough to be boring, with lots of anecdotes about the people on the show and all sorts of actors and musicians. Since I'm not much into gossip, parts of it were a bit boring to me, but with the way it's written, you can mostly grasp the content of one page in under 20 seconds, to even the boring parts flew by.
I admit that I never knew that Ray Cokes had a famous breakdwon in Hamburg which cost him his job on MTV. I stopped watching regular TV somewhere around 1993/94, and I really couldn't have cared less about who worked on MTV or didn't even before that. Judging by the way he writes about it, he is still not completely over his breakdown, and on many occasions you can read between the lines that he has obviously learned how to deal with things and how to view them from an outside and reasonable perspective, but there's still a stuboorn little hothead hidden inside of him that wants to yell at people and tell them "DAMN you I'm RIGHT!!!".
I have no idea if Cokes intended to come across this way in his book, but to me, it makes him wonderfully human and sympathetic, and I would love to meet him one day for a beer.
(That's just a beer, Mr. Cokes, not an invitation to have sex. I think.)
Books read, fun was had, what more do you want? :-)...more