How did Paris become the world favorite it is today? Charles Rearick argues that we can best understand Paris as several cities in one, each with its own history and its own imaginary shaped by dream and memory. Paris has long been at once a cosmopolitan City of Light and of modernity, a patchwork of time-resistant villages, a treasured heirloom, a hell for the disinheriteHow did Paris become the world favorite it is today? Charles Rearick argues that we can best understand Paris as several cities in one, each with its own history and its own imaginary shaped by dream and memory. Paris has long been at once a cosmopolitan City of Light and of modernity, a patchwork of time-resistant villages, a treasured heirloom, a hell for the disinherited, and a legendary pleasure dome. Each of these has played a part in making the enchanting, flawed city of our time. Focusing on the last century and a half, Paris Dreams, Paris Memories makes contemporary Paris understandable. It tells of renewal projects radically transforming neighborhoods and of counter-measures taken to perpetuate the city's historic character and soul. It provides a historically grounded look at the troubled suburbs, barren of monuments and memories, a dumping ground for unwanted industries and people. Further, it tests long-standing characterizations of Paris's uniqueness through comparisons with such rivals as London and Berlin. Paris Dreams, Paris Memories shows that in myriad forms—buildings, monuments, festivities, and artistic portrayals—contemporary Paris gives new life to visions of the city long etched in Parisian imaginations....
|Title||:||Paris Dreams, Paris Memories: The City and Its Mystique|
|Number of Pages||:||278 Pages|
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Paris Dreams, Paris Memories: The City and Its Mystique Reviews
If I could give this 3.5 stars, I would, but it deserves more than 3. Well-researched, and a worthy subject, but at times a little dry. I wanted to see a little more on contemporary Paris - what Paris means to those living in it now. But a good discussion of Paris during the Belle Époque - and why it was the Belle Époque. This was a particularly relevant read after having seen Midnight in Paris, whose characters oozed Paris-love for all the reasons outlined in the book.
"Still richly human, and conveniently well this side of paradise, it is more than ever a 'world' best understood in the plural." Great overview of Paris's modern history as a city-I'm no aspiring architect or urban planner but it was fascinating to see the changes the Paris went through in the past 100 years. Now I'll appreciate every thing I see a little more. :)
It's hard to make the history of Paris sound dry and stodgy but somehow Rearick does just that in this book. Not a great read.