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The Most Beautiful Walk in the World: A Pedestrian in Paris

by John Baxter

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Probably not a book I'd be drawn to unless I was planning to visit Paris in the near future. The author is an Australian ex-pat who married a French woman and now has the good fortune to live in the illustrious 6th arrondissement in a building previously inhabited by the fabled Sylvia Beach. His local neighbourbood was, as he takes pains to tell us frequently, frequented by
literary giants from days gone by. We should be so lucky. A little rambling in structure, the book is a series of anecdotes/memoirs loosely based around the author's part-time occupation of walking tour guide. There are some interesting snippets of history, local colour and the like, but the book's merit really lies in encouraging visitors to see Paris as a pedestrian. It is a city that really can't be appreciated any other way. ( )
  Anne_Green | Dec 8, 2014 |
I enjoyed this personal view of Paris and Parisians written by an expatriate Australian. He writes very well, always holding your interest. It is like an entertaining conversation rather than a substantial written work. ( )
1 vote denmoir | Sep 24, 2012 |
I'm a sucker for books about Paris, and I had read Baxter's first book about life in that city, so when I saw this volume on special for 99-cents from iBooks, I grabbed it. This is a quick and pleasant read. It is a good template for walks for anyone visiting Paris (although, somehow, I think I'd avoid the author's walking tour business as being outrageously expensive). He gives insights that only someone who lives in the city can give & that's what makes this book so much fun. ( )
  etxgardener | Aug 27, 2012 |
An enjoyable ramble through literary Paris, The title is a little misleading as it is part memoir, part history and wanders around somewhat. The Most Beautiful Walk... is not actually mapped out or shown, but is more of a personal reflection of the streets and alleyways of Paris. A nice distraction that can be put down and picked up quite easily without losing any thread. ( )
  PIER50 | Jun 28, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0061998540, Paperback)

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 cafés of Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and James Joyce; Pablo Picasso's underground Montmartre haunts; the bustling boulevards of the late-nineteenth-century flâneurs; 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-Prés.

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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. Paris, by custom and design, is a pedestrian's city--each block a revelation, every neighborhood a new feast for the senses, a place rich with history and romance at every turn. "The Most Beautiful Walk in the World" is your guide, par excellence, to the true, off-the-beaten-path heart of the City of Lights.… (more)

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