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Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris (Playaway Adult Nonfiction)

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This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction. A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night, Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. An aristocratic woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map---there were no reliable ones at the time---Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine. Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Bohme, Proust, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt on himself in Notre Dame)---these and many more make up Robb's cast of characters. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel.

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ISBN:
9781615874675
Author:
Robb, Graham
Publisher:
Tantor Audio Pa
Read by:
Vance, Simon
Read:
Vance, Simon
Subject:
Europe - France
Subject:
World History-France
Series:
Playaway Adult Nonfiction
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
OTHER
Language:
English

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"Synopsis" by , This is the Paris you never knew. From the Revolution to the present, Graham Robb has distilled a series of astonishing true narratives, all stranger than fiction. A young artillery lieutenant, strolling through the Palais-Royal, observes disapprovingly the courtesans plying their trade. A particular woman catches his eye; nature takes its course. Later that night, Napoleon Bonaparte writes a meticulous account of his first sexual encounter. An aristocratic woman, fleeing the Louvre, takes a wrong turn and loses her way in the nameless streets of the Left Bank. For want of a map---there were no reliable ones at the time---Marie-Antoinette will go to the guillotine. Baudelaire, Baron Haussmann, the real-life Mimi of La Bohme, Proust, Charles de Gaulle (who is suspected of having faked an assassination attempt on himself in Notre Dame)---these and many more make up Robb's cast of characters. The result is a resonant, intimate history with the power of a great novel.
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