I recently bought 3 more copies of this book to give to friends and family for our upcoming trip to this amazing city. A must read for anyone who loves Paris! A bit dated but wonderful. Stephen Clarke writes, tongue in cheek, of the real Paris.
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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Paris Revealed by Stephen Clarke. The Secret Life of a City 3. PARIS - one of the most visited cities in the world. BUT do you know Which is the most romantic spot to say 'je't'aime'? Where to see fantastic art, away from all the crowds? Why Parisian men feel compelled to pee in the street?
How to choose a hotel room where you might actually get a good night's sleep? Stephen Clarke goes behind the scenes to reveal everything Parisians know about their city - but don't want to tell you. Hardcover , pages. Published March 31st by Bantam Press first published April 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Paris Revealed , please sign up. Lists with This Book. It is an interesting and entertaining book on Paris. The author is an Englishman who has been living in Paris for years.
In this book he shares his experience, point of view and opinion about different fields: It is useful to read it when you want to visit Paris or spend a longer time there. May 18, Khairul Hezry rated it really liked it Shelves: Everything you needed to know on how to live in Paris like a Parisian. From which metro line goes where to the proper etiquette at a cafe don't order coffee and then sit a table that has been prepared for lunch and how to rent an apartment in Paris without getting screwed.
Lots of historical facts and anecdotes and while not as funny as his previous book, Years of Annoying the French , it is light hearted and interesting enough if you're looking for a good read on a rainy weekend. The opin Everything you needed to know on how to live in Paris like a Parisian. The opinions in the book were clearly Clarke's own but if I ever decide to visit Paris, I'll be sure to consult this book for guidance well, actually I've been to Paris for one whole day in but that hardly counts.
Paris Revealed is a travel guide that makes you feel like an experienced ex-pat is telling you all the inside info when you first move to Paris. This is definitely not the usual tourist book and visitors to the city may never actually use a lot of the scoop during a typical vacation, but author Stephen Clarke offers what may prove to be the most interesting and entertaining tome you read on the long plane ride getting there.
However, should you decide to join the legions of ex-pats and actually relocate to the CIty of Light, you may want to take a much closer look at this one. Sep 25, Dwwebber rated it it was ok.
Paris Revealed: The Secret Life of a City
I had to marvel at Clarke's genius in taking a few facts and then spinning off page after page of slightly droll blather and commonplace commentary. I'd say the ratio is about 1 to His humorless, repeated citation to his other books in footnotes was quite tiresome. And I never was sure I could trust him as a historian.
May 23, Mark Farley rated it it was amazing. Part travel guide, part love letter from an English ex-pat and best-selling author to the city he now calls his home. Packed with fascinating facts, tips on how to survive the 'merde' from the locals and cloaked in the author's now trademark and very readable 'For Dummies' approach to the history, this book would be both an essential companion along with your preferred travel guide or for anyone who either knows or is curious about this very unique and complex part of the world.
Really fun guide to real life in Paris I am a frequent visitor to Paris but learned a lot about the city from this book. Aside from that, the book is a witty read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Apr 08, Karen rated it really liked it. A great insight into Paris. Definitely some great ideas for things to visit off the beaten track as well as experiences to try. Nice view of Paris, a city that I would like to know better. Feb 28, Emma Fisken rated it it was amazing Shelves: Continuing with my book a month for , February saw my literary senses being tingled by Stephen Clarke's Paris Revealed.
After spotting the word Paris on the cover in a charity shop, I quickly snapped it up and skipped up the road to continue my love affair with the city of lights. Each chapter details a different element of Parisian life from the Metro to water before a discussion on sex and ending with some detail on the apartments of Paris! Basically if you want a little bit of insight into Continuing with my book a month for , February saw my literary senses being tingled by Stephen Clarke's Paris Revealed.
Basically if you want a little bit of insight into the social history and the day to day happenings of the city - this is your friend. Clarke has a dry sense of humour which I of course chuckled along too as well as his chatty nature which made you feel at ease and discussing the city with a friend assisting you in your move. Complete with photographs related to the chapter and a little bit of French thrown in here and there this book will make you want to up sticks and move to Paris, like I needed encouragement Other titles by the author include the non-fiction books 'A Years of Annoying the French' and 'Talk to the Snail' along with a host of fiction.
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