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The Most Beautiful Walk in the World

A Pedestrian in Paris

By John Baxter

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Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 May 2011
Thrust into the unlikely role of professional "literary walking tour" guide, an expat writer provides the most irresistibly witty and revealing tour of Paris in years.In this enchanting memoir, acclaimed author and long- time Paris resident John Baxter remembers his yearlong experience of giving "literary walking tours" through the city. Baxter sets off with unsuspecting tourists in tow on the trail of Paris's legendary artists and writers of the past. Along the way, he tells the history of Paris through a brilliant cast of characters: the favorite cafes of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flaneurs; the secluded "Little Luxembourg" gardens beloved by Gertrude Stein; the alleys where revolutionaries plotted; and finally Baxter's own favorite walk near his home in Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

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EAN: 9780061998546
ISBN: 0061998540
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Dimensions: 18.1 x 12.8 x 2.2 centimetres (0.23 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years

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"Fabulous . . . the perfect companion for anyone inspired to hop over to France after seeing Midnight in Paris"--NPR.org

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Susan Murray on
 
A lovely book that sweeps you into the atmosphere of Paris. I combines history with modern, funny with sad. An easy read that I am thoroughly enjoying.
Kristine Kowitz on
 
Excellent reading - funny and informative. Well worth the read. Highly recommend this book to any who have been to France or who wish to go.
Lynette Prince-Large on
 
A pleasing story to read, but occasionally a little tiresome, but definitely worth the read. I can't wait to go to Paris to try out all the places he mentioned.
Lynda Neame on
 
Great to pick up and read - and then find you can't stop. If I ever go to Paris, I will take this with me.
Anna Bruce on
 
an entertaining and light read ideal for the plane on the way to a stop in Paris! I was staying in St Germain des Pres so it was extremely helpful. The historical information gave an added richness to my wanderings. It is well written and would be equally enjoyable for armchair travel!

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