PARIS! An Uncommon Guide by Lawrence & Sylvia Martin

PARIS! An Uncommon Guide

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Close on the heels of England I An Uncommon Guide (see p. 152, 1963) and an excellent companion volume, comes this spirited exchange between the Martins and Paris. Our guides dispense the customary tourist information with eclat, featuring restaurants and hotels of varied rate classifications in the different quarters, each given their special section in the sun. The city of light also receives an attentive eye as to such spectacles as illuminations, theatres, nighteries, shops, museums, jardins. As they savor the sights, the Martins also return, with nice effect, to the stories behind the statues and scenes, of yesteryear -- in the Ile de la Cite, of St. Louis and the Vert Galant (who built the Pont Neuf); in the 6th Arrondissement, the Left Bank, of Abelard, who began the University of Paris known as the Sorbonne; in Montparnasse and Montmartre of more recent personages. There are passing asides on the origin of the department store and the guillotine and haute couture. Les alentours, or environs,-- Versailles, Barbizon-Fontainebleau, Chantilly, and the Western fringe (Meudon-Sevres-St. Cloud) are briefly mentioned. More apropos for the casual and eager tourist than the sophisticated intimacy of Naomi Barry's Paris Personal (see p. 1185, 1962) and again pleasurable pastime reading.

Pub Date: June 3rd, 1963
Publisher: McGraw-Hill