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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 January 1st 1983)
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Jim
Jan 14, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Bert
Oct 06, 2016 Bert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So this is kind of a love letter to Paris, but not like a raunchy 'i wanna pull your hair and give you a sniff' kind of love letter (which i would've preferred)...and it does tend to get a bit dull and old-man-y on occasion. But i did get a kick out of the sentimentality and nostalgia, the stuff about Paris at night, in the rain, the way the light hits a certain building, woo more please julian MORE pull my hair etc, and i totally adhere to the premise that to really know a city you have to have ...more
Sorobai
Jun 16, 2015 Sorobai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
This was really a nice surprise! I started reading not expecting much of it, but what a great surprise this book is. The book itself is a collected of ensays about Paris written along the years, but what's interesting here is the way the author expresses is views of the city. He's a lover of Paris and though the book is all about this relationship of the author with his native city it doesn't get boring at all since it can be viewed as a kind of biographic itinerary of his own. More strakly thou ...more
Darran Mclaughlin
Oct 06, 2011 Darran Mclaughlin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, american, french
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.
Reid
Jun 18, 2010 Reid rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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Debbie Robson
Oct 23, 2013 Debbie Robson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Green writ
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Daniel
May 31, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Paris is a city that might well be spoken of in the plural, as the Greeks used to speak of Athens, for there are many Parises, and the tourists’ Paris is only superficially related to the Paris of the Parisians. The foreigner driving through Paris from one museum to another is quite oblivious to the presence of a world he brushes past without seeing. Until you have wasted time in a city, you cannot pretend to know it well. The soul of a big city is not to be grasped so easily; in order to make ...more
Henrique Vogado
Uma carta de amor à cidade de Paris por um escritor americano nascido na cidade francesa. Percorre as ruelas e escadinhas da sua juventude. Vale a pena por não percorrer a cidade turística, mas a cidade dos franceses. Alguns capítulos de observação, atenção aos detalhes que me faziam perder a concentração e acabar a pensar em coisas minhas.
Nota-se a idade avançada com que escreveu o livro e a forma de observar com muita paciência detalhes que a nós nos escapam, especialmente a edifícios e capeli
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Soraia
Sep 21, 2010 Soraia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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georgia
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
Aug 23, 2011 Maria Carmo rated it really liked it
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 really liked it
Shelves: paris
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.
Suzel
Mar 11, 2016 Suzel rated it really liked it
Linda, linda prosa poética de quem genuinamente ama uma cidade.
I've never been much into Paris but after reading this I feel like I wanna go to Paris with him.
I feel like going over and check every little spot he writes about.
Is there a Julien Green Paris tour yet? I needed it.
Rachel
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.
Cris
Aug 08, 2013 Cris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Intimista e pouco de "massas", felizmente!
Jacques Stoltz
Jul 13, 2011 Jacques Stoltz rated it really liked it
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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“Paris is a city that might well be spoken of in the plural, as the Greeks used to speak of Athens, for there are many Parises, and the tourists’ Paris is only superficially related to the Paris of the Parisians. The foreigner driving through Paris from one museum to another is quite oblivious to the presence of a world he brushes past without seeing. Until you have wasted time in a city, you cannot pretend to know it well. The soul of a big city is not to be grasped so easily; in order to make contact with it, you have to have been bored, you have to have suffered a bit in those places that contain it. Anyone can get hold of a guide and tick off all the monuments, but within the very confines of of Paris there is another city as difficult to access as Timbuktu once was.” 3 likes
“A cidade, efectivamente, sorri apenas àqueles que se aproximam dela e que deambulam pelas suas ruas; a esses, ela fala numa linguagem tranquilizadora e familiar, mas a alma de Paris só se revela de longe e do alto, e é no silêncio do céu que se escuta o imenso grito patético de orgulho e de fé que ela eleva na direcção das nuvens.” 3 likes
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