The Only Street in Paris

The Only Street in Paris

Life on the Rue Des Martyrs

Book - 2016
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"Part memoir, part travelogue, part love letter to the people who live and work on a magical street in Paris. Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief for the New York Times, invites us on a tour of her favorite Parisian street, offering an homage to street life and the pleasures of Parisian living. 'I can never be sad on the rue des Martyrs,' Sciolino explains, as she celebrates the neighborhood's rich history and vibrant lives. While many cities suffer from the leveling effects of globalization, the rue des Martyrs maintains its distinct allure. On this street, the patron saint of France was beheaded and the Jesuits took their first vows. It was here that Edgar Degas and Pierre-Auguste Renoir painted circus acrobats, Émile Zola situated a lesbian dinner club in his novel Nana, and François Truffaut filmed scenes from The 400 Blows. Sciolino reveals the charms and idiosyncrasies of this street and its longtime residents--the Tunisian greengrocer, the husband-and-wife cheesemongers, the showman who's been running a transvestite cabaret for more than half a century, the owner of a hundred-year-old bookstore, the woman who repairs eighteenth-century mercury barometers--bringing Paris alive in all of its unique majesty. The Only Street in Paris will make readers hungry for Paris, for cheese and wine, and for the kind of street life that is all too quickly disappearing"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393242379
Branch Call Number: 944.361 SCIOLIN
Characteristics: xiii, 294 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Aug 03, 2016

Too much Elaine -- what is she, the princess of the street? -- but the chapters about the street itself are fun.

Jun 26, 2016

A "love" story about one street in Paris, show-casing colourful characters and specialty shops. It makes me want to re-visit the "City of Light" to immerse myself in the sights, sounds and aromas of this neighbourhood.

Apr 19, 2016

Very enjoyable read. Author captured all of the details that I love about certain streets in Paris. Her favourite is Rue de Martyrs, mine is Rue Mouffetard.


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