Thank you! It had some amazing images and really helped strengthen my French comprehension. I knew I was missing details due to my level of French at that point so when I got back to the US I immediately went in search of his corresponding book in English. Deutsch has a sequel to this book as well as others but they are all in French and I wanted to focus on just English language books on this post. This is not the first of his books that I read nor will it be the last!
Robb is an historian extraordinaire. He is an expert researcher as well as an amazing storyteller. Even your non-Francophile friends will enjoy this book. I think my favorite part explored the building of the Eiffel Tower.
However, this book focuses on the changes created by all the Haussmannian renovations in the late s brought about by Napolean III. The development of the characters drew me in to the book and I read it straight through without stopping — not a good thing when you have a class to teach the next morning! Pure by Andrew Miller — Did you ever wonder where all the bones came from that you see in the Paris Catacombs?
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It is vivid and gripping. For the romantic who wishes they lived in the s, this just might change your mind.
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The book is organized by time periods. Other chapters take you via train to Reims and her amazing cathedral, Rouen or Angers. These out-of-Paris trips are all at most a journey of 1. It is an unconventional travel guide but a must read if you want to know where to go next after Paris. Each chapter is about a different town which is an hour by train from Paris. Filled with maps and suggestions found in any typical travel guide, it also speaks to the traveler who wants to walk, take the bus or drive!
We love this book! Pointedly ignoring the open front passenger door of my car, she climbs into the back and buries her face in a magazine.
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We drive in silence to the shops, and all the way home. She is making me feel nervous, and I am glad that there are people staying in Lavande. For the week she is here the only sounds I hear are of her shouting at birds in the garden, and throwing stones at the cats, who soon learn to keep out of range.
Early on Saturday morning, a taxi arrives. She climbs in and the vehicle disappears down the lane. From the open door of Pissenlit I can hear water running. I run up the stairs to the bathroom. The plug is in, and both taps turned on full. The water is half-way to the top. I pull the plug and turn off the taps.
Then I go from room to room, my heart racing.
In the bedroom the curtains are hanging down from their rails, the carpet kicked into the corner, red wine staining the bed linen and mattress. Two light switches have been levered off the wall exposing the wires. An open bottle of cooking oil lies on its side leaking all over the kitchen surface and running down into the drawers and over the floor.
Everywhere is covered with greasy crockery and cutlery, and food left-overs. Tins and cartons are scattered on the floor.
Your descriptions of your red faced, Lycra clad reflection had me chuckling and I sympathised with you watching Terry disappearing as I too am often left way behind when out cycling with my husband. Although I was pleased to read you did at least get a few nights of luxury in the odd hotel this time. I also have to thank you, for as well as the laughs you also educated me.
Marie Antoinette was not someone I knew very much about, but your journey and your writings brought her story to life. Thank you Susie.
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