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Five nights in Paris : after dark in the City of Light /

by Baxter, John.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, NY : Harper Perennial, [2015]Edition: First edition.Description: vii, 334 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.ISBN: 9780062296252; 0062296256.Subject(s): Paris (France) -- Tours | Nightlife -- France -- Paris -- Guidebooks | Neighborhoods -- France -- Paris -- Guidebooks | Walking -- France -- Paris -- Guidebooks | Baxter, John, 1939- -- Travel -- France -- Paris | Paris (France) -- Intellectual life | Paris (France) -- Social life and customs
Contents:
The dangerous edge -- As through a glass, and darkly -- Woody's nights -- Under cover -- The dark side -- Promenades -- Five ladies feeling -- White nights -- Noises at night -- Night 1 : sound. Blues in the night ; Paris on sea ; Raspberry and rose petals ; Eating well is the best revenge ; Time and tide ; Spending a centime ; Help the poor struggler ; The sense of a sacrifice ; Behind closed doors ; Love and fresh water -- Night 2 : taste. Poor food? ; Strictly from hunger ; Proposing a toast -- Night 3 : touch. A walk on the wild side ; Love at night ; Skin-deep ; Crazy by night -- Night 4 : scent. Underworld Scent of a city ; The nose that knows ; Gardens of the night -- Night 5 : sight. The black-and-white man ; Frenzy and darkness ; Bound for glory ; Waiting ; Exquisite corpse ; Magnetic fields ; The hotel of great men ; The hour of crimes.
Scope and content: "An unforgettable nocturnal tour through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods by the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World"-- Provided by publisher.Scope and content: "The preeminent expat writer on Paris and author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World takes you on an unforgettable nocturnal stroll through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods and his own memories. John Baxter enchanted readers with his literary tour of Paris in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World. Now, this expat who has lived in the City of Light for more than twenty years introduces you to the city's streets after dark, revealing hidden treasures and unexpected delights. As he takes you through five of the city's greatest neighborhoods--Montmartre, Montparnasse, the Marais, and more--Baxter shares pithy anecdotes about his life in France, as well as fascinating knowledge he has gleaned from leading literary tours of the city by dark. With Baxter as your guide, you will discover the City of Light as never before, walking in the ghostly footsteps of Marcel Proust, the quintessential night owl for whom memory was more vivid than reality; Hungarian photographer Gyula Halász, known as Brassai, who prowled the midnight streets, camera in hand, with his friend Henry Miller; Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault, who shared the Surrealists' taste for the city's shadowed, secret world; and Josephine Baker and other African-American performers who dazzled adventurous Parisians at late-night jazz clubs. A feast for the mind and the senses, Five Nights in Paris takes you through the haunts of Paris's most storied artists and writers to the scenes of its most infamous crimes in a lively off-the-beaten-path tour not found in any guidebook"-- Provided by publisher.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

<p>The preeminent expat writer on Paris and author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World takes you on an unforgettable nocturnal stroll through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods and his own memories.</p> <p>John Baxter enchanted readers with his literary tour of Paris in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World. Now, this expat who has lived in the City of Light for more than twenty years introduces you to the city's streets after dark, revealing hidden treasures and unexpected delights.</p> <p>As he takes you through five of the city's greatest neighborhoods--Montmartre, Montparnasse, the Marais, and more--Baxter shares pithy anecdotes about his life in France, as well as fascinating knowledge he has gleaned from leading literary tours of the city by dark. With Baxter as your guide, you will discover the City of Light as never before, walking in the ghostly footsteps of Marcel Proust, the quintessential night owl for whom memory was more vivid than reality; Hungarian photographer Gyula Halász, known as Brassai, who prowled the midnight streets, camera in hand, with his friend Henry Miller; Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault, who shared the Surrealists' taste for the city's shadowed, secret world; and Josephine Baker and other African-American performers who dazzled adventurous Parisians at late-night jazz clubs.</p> <p>A feast for the mind and the senses, Five Nights in Paris takes you through the haunts of Paris's most storied artists and writers to the scenes of its most infamous crimes in a lively off-the-beaten-path tour not found in any guidebook.</p>

Includes index.

The dangerous edge -- As through a glass, and darkly -- Woody's nights -- Under cover -- The dark side -- Promenades -- Five ladies feeling -- White nights -- Noises at night -- Night 1 : sound. Blues in the night ; Paris on sea ; Raspberry and rose petals ; Eating well is the best revenge ; Time and tide ; Spending a centime ; Help the poor struggler ; The sense of a sacrifice ; Behind closed doors ; Love and fresh water -- Night 2 : taste. Poor food? ; Strictly from hunger ; Proposing a toast -- Night 3 : touch. A walk on the wild side ; Love at night ; Skin-deep ; Crazy by night -- Night 4 : scent. Underworld Scent of a city ; The nose that knows ; Gardens of the night -- Night 5 : sight. The black-and-white man ; Frenzy and darkness ; Bound for glory ; Waiting ; Exquisite corpse ; Magnetic fields ; The hotel of great men ; The hour of crimes.

"An unforgettable nocturnal tour through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods by the bestselling author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World"-- Provided by publisher.

"The preeminent expat writer on Paris and author of The Most Beautiful Walk in the World takes you on an unforgettable nocturnal stroll through five iconic Parisian neighborhoods and his own memories. John Baxter enchanted readers with his literary tour of Paris in The Most Beautiful Walk in the World. Now, this expat who has lived in the City of Light for more than twenty years introduces you to the city's streets after dark, revealing hidden treasures and unexpected delights. As he takes you through five of the city's greatest neighborhoods--Montmartre, Montparnasse, the Marais, and more--Baxter shares pithy anecdotes about his life in France, as well as fascinating knowledge he has gleaned from leading literary tours of the city by dark. With Baxter as your guide, you will discover the City of Light as never before, walking in the ghostly footsteps of Marcel Proust, the quintessential night owl for whom memory was more vivid than reality; Hungarian photographer Gyula Halász, known as Brassai, who prowled the midnight streets, camera in hand, with his friend Henry Miller; Louis Aragon and Philippe Soupault, who shared the Surrealists' taste for the city's shadowed, secret world; and Josephine Baker and other African-American performers who dazzled adventurous Parisians at late-night jazz clubs. A feast for the mind and the senses, Five Nights in Paris takes you through the haunts of Paris's most storied artists and writers to the scenes of its most infamous crimes in a lively off-the-beaten-path tour not found in any guidebook"-- Provided by publisher.

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Library Journal Review

Well-known biographer and film critic Baxter (Paris at the End of the World) has produced a fourth book on his most beloved of cities, this time focusing on the peculiarities of the Paris night. Readers might presume that this is a suggested itinerary of sorts, and though Baxter reveals that he leads literary walking tours in Paris, this volume provides little in the way of practical information. Rather, this is armchair travel at its very best. Baxter, whose knowledge of Paris's recent cultural history is vast, is a worthy guide. Fascinating stories and anecdotes are framed by a tantalizing focus on sight, sound, scent, taste, and touch. As we stroll the crooked streets of the Marais, we can almost hear the faint, tinkling music and rowdy shouting of long-gone cafés. We smell the pissoirs and parfumeries in equal measure. Baxter's poetic language ("the autumn sun's rancid light," "that crocodile of preschoolers, hands linked") packs a punch. VERDICT Readers will emerge from the experience of this book feeling like well-traveled experts on the City of Light's sensual history. Charming personal photographs strewn throughout only increase the sense that one is dipping into delicious secrets.-Erin O. -Romanyshyn, Frances -Morrison Central Lib., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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